Monday, January 22, 2018

Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity by Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD

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Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD has written a book which examines what she determines are the seven types of rest (physical, mental, emotional, social, sensory, creative, spiritual) that are needed for a
person to thrive in life. After seeing that list, I bet there are areas you never realized may be places to seek rest and restoration.  She aptly describes what modern women (and men) feel like too often -- exhausted, even those who appear to sleep without issue; moody, bordering on melt down or depression; never fully engaged in the moment, even with family or on vacation. The list of symptoms go on and on.  When offered a chance to read this title, I felt reluctant to accept.  Retired now for more than 6 years, I have long left the daily rat race behind.  My children are adults, and if there are not grandchildren duties, I normally can schedule my days as I wish.  But I've found this book offers insight even for me, and I plan to use the book as the resource she intended it to be. 

Once Dalton-Smith has explained the premise of the book and defined key vocabulary and concepts, she encourages readers to take the Personal Rest Deficit Assessment tool at the end of the book  While its name sounds overwhelming, this is really a quick quiz which will help one determine what type of rest you may be lacking.  One or two checks within an area indicate you may be ripe for a burn out episode within that area of your life; three or more checks suggest a more immediate need for change.  Going back into the book will provide insight into how you make changes into that area and why you should. Two things you should know before going any further.  One, Dalton-Smith has experienced that burn-out that so many adults feel.  A medical doctor, wife, and mother, her days are filled beyond full. At some time or other, she has probably needed each of the seven types of rest.  Two, the ideas suggested in the book are based on research.  She encourages one to read the book in small bits, with time to contemplate what you have read.  Our lives are already busy, for most too busy, and this book, which is meant to help, should not be a burden.  When all is "read and done," there is a thirty day challenge that can be taken with the help of a website.  I received a copy of this book from Litfuse.  All opinions are mine.

More about Sacred Rest}
Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity (FaithWords, December 2017)
Staying busy is easy. Staying well rested— there’s a challenge.
How can you keep your energy, happiness, creativity, and relationships fresh and thriving in the midst of never-ending family demands, career pressures, and the stress of everyday life? In Sacred Rest, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, a board-certified internal medicine doctor, reveals why rest can no longer remain optional.
Dr. Dalton-Smith shares seven types of rest she has found lacking in the lives of those she encounters in her clinical practice and research-physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, sensory, social, creative—and why a deficiency in any one of these types of rest can have unfavorable effects on your health, happiness, relationships, creativity, and productivity. Sacred Rest combines the science of rest, the spirituality of rest, the gifts of rest, and the resulting fruit of rest. It shows rest as something sacred, valuable, and worthy of our respect.
By combining scientific research with personal stories, spiritual insight, and practical next steps, Sacred Rest gives the weary permission to embrace rest, set boundaries, and seek sanctuary without any guilt, shame, or fear.
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Saundra Dalton-Smith

{More About Saundra Dalton-Smith}

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an author, speaker, and board-certified physician. She has an active medical practice in Alabama (near the Birmingham area). 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 connection and has been featured in Women’s Day, Redbook, and First For Women magazine. She is the author of “Set Free to Live” and “Come Empty” (winner 2016 Golden Scroll Nonfiction Book of the Year and 2016 Illumination Award Gold medalist). She is a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association and a repeat keynote speaker at their annual gathering. She has shared her tips on merging faith and medicine with over 16,000 health care professionals to encourage the current and next generation of doctors to treat the whole person.
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