Avoiding Burnout through Sacred Rest with Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith {Podcast #527}

Have you spent far too long trying to do it all, only to end up exhausted and overwhelmed?

Does the idea of rest and refueling sound wonderful but impossible at the same time?

Might it be safe to say that if you continue at this speed, you’ll be destined for burnout . . . emotionally, spiritually, physically, relationally, and professionally?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, you’ll want to hit pause on whatever you’re doing and listen to this episode on the More to Be Podcast. Actually, even if you’re not sure you’re exactly headed for burnout, you’ll want to bend an ear to hear what Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith has to say to us about the importance of sacred rest and the road it took her to find it. She is no stranger to over-achieving, burned-out living. Yet she found another way as God revealed to her that we are to work from a place of rest, and not rest only after we’ve finished our work.

Yes, this episode is not only inspirational, it is practical for all of us seeking to embrace the gift of rest that God has given us.

Avoiding Burnout through Sacred Rest with Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an author, speaker, and board-certified internal medicine physician near  Birmingham, Alabama. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Georgia and graduated with honors from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Baker College and Davenport University in Michigan teaching courses on health, nutrition, and disease progression. Dr. Dalton-Smith is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connectionHer newest release is Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, includes ground-breaking insight on the seven types of rest needed to optimize your productivity, increase your overall happiness and live your best life. 

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Highlights

If this is what I’ve been working for, then this isn’t what I want. I was burned out. – Saundra

The Holy Spirit invited me to be willing to do life differently. – Saundra

God didn't call us to work then rest. He called us to work from our place of rest.

I grew up with a mindset that if I wanted something, I had to get it done. I believed that I had to go after everything myself. – Saundra

If we’re going to share something personal, we always have to ask permission. – Lisa

On the sixth day man was commissioned, given his identity, spoken into. The first full day of mankind being on earth was a day of rest. And then on the next day, he worked. – Sandra

God didn’t call me to work then rest, He called me to work from my place of rest. – Saundra

We're not meant to get unstuck alone.

My work was my drug of choice. It is was made me feel secure. It was my idol. It was my god. – Lisa

To rest is releasing control. – Lisa

Can you be comfortable without being productive? – Lisa

There is wisdom in routine, especially in a crisis, but doing that to pacify the anxiety over not being in control is not dealing with the real issues. – Lisa

You can't give your best when you're pouring from your emptiness. - Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

Spiritual rest is about relationship. – Saundra

God heals the brain — healing us — through relationships and connection. – Lisa

When we’re stuck, we need to ask for help. We’re not meant to get unstuck alone. – Lisa

You can’t give your best when you’re pouring from your emptiness. – Saundra

Rest should equal RESToration. – Saundra & Lisa

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1 thought on “Avoiding Burnout through Sacred Rest with Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith {Podcast #527}”

  1. Mary Ann Miller

    I really understood what she was saying. My Mother also died after childbirth but was raised by a caring woman(My mother’s Aunt). But My Father remarried when I was 3 and went back to him when I started school and then my step-mother died when I was 18. To top it off my father married her cousin just a year later and it was hard to accept it. I am now 73 years old and still struggling and asking why this happened and I now have anxiety and depression because of what I lost!

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