If you are like other women I know, you might be striving, doing, and serving from one activity to the next but never recognizing the signals of burnout your body is giving you. Maybe you’ve been feeling a little hopeless, a bit achy, or a tad unmotivated. You’ve tried slowing down and sleeping more. Maybe you’ve even gone to the doctor only to be told that everything is physically fine even though you are still exhausted. 

In my conversation with Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, we discuss different kinds of rest and how burnout could be a sign that sleep is not the only kind of rest that you need.

Rest does not just mean sleep. Don’t get me wrong, sleep is a great place to start and many people aren’t getting all the sleep they need! But sleep may not be the rest you are deeply craving. Dr. Dalton-Smith and I talk about how our bodies can be depleted in several different ways, and each area isn’t always restored with sleep alone. This podcast is chock-full of actionable tips and simple tools to help you begin customizing a “rest-and-refuel” plan for your individual situation.

I love that Dr. Dalton-Smith not only shares useful information, but she also shares her own battle with burnout and how she found her way to rest and restoration. She goes beyond general advice and into her own experience, providing ways we can rebuild what’s been torn down in our minds, bodies, and souls. If you are in a season where you are squeezed by responsibilities, Dr. Dalton-Smith shares simple creative ways to make room for rest in your life. 

I hope you feel encouraged by this podcast episode and come away with action steps for enjoying the satisfying rest you need. I hope you are reminded that pain testifies to the healing that is possible, the peace that is found when you are functioning out of grace, and the comfort that is available when you allow yourself to grieve because God is faithful to meet you in that process.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Identifying burnout 
  • Learning about the different types of rest
  • Discovering how faith and medicine work together
  • Finding the right doctor for you 
  • Understanding the purpose of pain

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Did you take the Rest Quiz offered on Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith’s website? What did you discover about yourself? 
  2. Has your body and/ or soul given you signs that you need rest? Have you been attending to those signs? Why or why not?
  3. Where are you most depleted? Is there an area of your life that needs your attention? What small decisions can you make today to begin your rest and restoration process?
  4. What is one area of life in which you need to release yourself and learn to function out of grace?


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