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Episode 089. The 7 Types of Rest Every Mom Needs with Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

Episode 089

Did you read the title of this episode and think, “I can’t seem to get ONE type of rest as a mom let alone 7!?” I know I did a double take when I first read about Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith’s idea that there are 7 different types of rest and that we need all 7, but…my curiosity was peaked! Diving into her explanations has brought me so much personal clarity, I’m so grateful for her work and all the ways she shows up and encourages mothers.
This episode is so life giving—Dr. Saundra is articulate, kind, authentic, and just so generous with her insights. She teaches us what we need to show up as our true and best selves.

I left this conversation feeling so understood—and I know you will, too. As Dr. Saundra presents these 7 types of rest, she doesn’t do it in a way that’s overwhelming but rather shows us a bigger picture and that we really are all quite unique. The types of rest I need most in this season of my life probably aren’t the same types of rest you will benefit from the most right now. There is no one size fits all answer for everyone, but when it comes to rest, there are a lot of options! These ideas about rest will help you learn more about your true self so that you can understand what you need—and then confidently meet that need armed with information and insights about these 7 types of rest.

This topic is also a great conversation starter. Once you hear the different types of rest and take the quiz online (, I bet you’ll want to send this quiz to your partner, spouse, sisters, friends, and moms group so you can dive deeper into this topic with them! It’s the resolution we didn’t know we needed going into the new year. Learning about rest is a great way for us to become more self-aware so we can support and nourish our true selves, recover our lives, renew our energy, and restore our sanity.

Dr. Saundra’s Bio: Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a Board-Certified internal medicine physician, speaker, and author. She is an international wellness expert featured in numerous media outlets including Prevention, MSNBC, Women’s Day, FOX, Fast Company, Psychology Today, and as a guest on Dr. Oz show. She is the author of numerous books including her new book Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, including ground-breaking insight on the seven types of rest needed to optimize your productivity, increase your overall happiness, overcome burnout, and live your best life. Over 100,000 people have discovered their personal rest deficits using her free assessment at Learn more about Dr. Saundra at and

In This Episode, Dr. Saundra & I Talk About:

  • The origin of rest: restoration
  • Sleep and rest are not the same thing
  • Not just working for the weekend
  • Her view of balance in motherhood…and how it isn’t possible
  • Work/Life Integration & Harmony
  • Grace and flow in motherhood
  • Getting to a place where work and life flow together well
  • What is causing fatigue (even with adequate sleep)
  • The types of restoration that our body, mind, and spirit need
  • The 7 Types of Rest:
    • Physical
    • Mental
    • Emotional
    • Spiritual
    • Social
    • Sensory
    • Creative
  • The benefits of each type of rest
  • Movement as a form of rest
  • Rest is not just the cessation of activity
  • Moms need stretching (after all the carrying of little kids especially!)
  • Choosing a word to focus on when we need to realign with where we want to be
  • Discipline
  • Prayer and meditation as spiritual rest
  • The study that shows the power of prayer
  • Spiritual rest doesn’t have anything to do with religion
  • How’s moms group can help us get the rest we need (together!)
  • Hanging out with people who give us social rest by being life giving to be around
  • Getting social rest even through video chats or zoom
  • Social rest as a way to be our true selves
  • Not living up to other people’s expectations but rather showing up as our most authentic selves
  • The influence of our phones and social media
  • Ballistic – lol! This part of the sensory conversation is spot on (for kids and adults!)
  • We were a lot less agitated when we had phones that only made phone calls and sent texts
  • The overflow of sensory overload
  • Awareness of how and where we get fatigued
  • Feeling better by pouring back into where we feel depleted
  • The sense of rest that bodies of water give us
  • Creative rest is not about work or production, but appreciation instead
  • Homeschool philosophies and how they align with rest
  • Societal expectations about rest and enjoyment and the disconnect that’s there
  • Misconceptions about rest
  • Not slipping back into negative patterns when it comes to rest
  • The universality of these areas of rest
  • Ideas for getting consistent rest
  • Feeling more energized through rest
  • Being mindful of how we are resting
  • Go take Dr. Saundra’s rest quiz!

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith’s Links: Webites: &, Rest Quiz, Podcast, TedEx, Instagram, Facebook, and Book: Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity

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