Hi everybody. Jen Hatmaker here, your host of the For the Love podcast. Welcome to the show. I always love these days. I love new series days. Today we’re kicking off a brand new series. We really spent a lot of time on this one. It is called For the Love of Peace, our last series of 2023, if you can even believe it. We always think critically about how to end the year, and it always just feels precious to me in a season of such activity, motion, busyness, and all this additional weight put onto the life that we’re already living to steer the podcast into a place of respite, rest, and peace. When I tell you I am eager to introduce our topic today, I was so looking forward to this conversation. We’re talking about rest today. If you’re anything like me, you’re not getting nearly enough of it, but this is more than what you think. I’m not just talking about sleep.
This tendency to let the hustle and the bustle of the holidays intrude on what our bodies need is just ubiquitous. It’s not just this season either. This is the American way of life, and so you’re probably like me in that you find and have plenty of excuses for why we’re not resting or refueling in a way that makes any sense for our bodies. There are excuses. “I’m just a really busy mom. I’ll calm down once this project is over. Let me get to this deadline. This is just a season. Once I meet this goal, I’ll slow down.” I know, I mean I do this all the time. I can constantly push off a better pace, and a sane schedule to next week, right? But we never get there. Instead, we have this national crisis of constant burnout, exhaustion, and depletion and there has to be a better way.
We deserve to feel whole, complete, restored, and work from a place of fulfillment. So I’m just really interested in that conversation. I’m really interested in a paradigm shift here, which is why I have Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, the perfect person to talk about this today with us. She is a board-certified internal medicine physician. She’s a global speaker. She’s an award-winning author and an international thought leader around this exact idea. If that doesn’t keep her busy enough, she is the CEO of Restorasis, which is a professional development agency that works with companies and employers who want to prioritize their employees and wants them to succeed and wants them to avoid burnout. She comes in as this doctor in all of these corporate environments and teaches companies and the people inside their companies how to avoid burnout, and how to really rest. She’s been featured all over the place like Women’s Day, Fox, Psychology, TED Talk, everywhere!
She has an incredible book that I am excited for you to check out. It’s called Sacred Rest; Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity. She’s got a free assessment tool, which she’s going to mention here in a minute called restquiz.com. A quarter-million people have taken that free quiz and discovered where their rest deficit is. We are not just talking about sleep. She’s going to discuss with us seven types of rest and only half of one of them involves sleep. So this might be a broader conversation than you think. I know as soon as she started parsing out the different types of fatigue and exhaustion that we experience outside of hours a night, I’m like, “Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. This is very possible.”
Something she talked about at the very end was tons of these tiny little levers that we can pull to renew our bodies, brains, and souls. They’re less than five minutes. We’re not talking about taking a sabbatical, we’re not talking about getting 10 hours of sleep a night. These are smaller possibilities that restore our minds and bodies because as she said, the whole idea of rest is part of the word restoration. So let’s really get into what it looks like to be restored today. I’m so pleased to share my fascinating conversation with the lovely, smart, and wonderful Dr. Sandra Daulton-Smith.
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
Sacred Rest; Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity
by Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith