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I heard this question and immediately thought, ”I think so.” I sleep between 7-8 hours every night. But what I realized is that rest is not the same thing as sleep. And according to board-certified internal medicine doctor, speaker and author, Saundra Dalton-Smith, we may not be getting enough “restorative rest.” Rest is the key to more energy, greater productivity, better creativity, increased happiness, and a thriving life.

How can we keep our 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 her book SACRED REST, Dr. Dalton-Smith addresses the difference between sleep and restorative rest and breaks restorative rest into 7 dimensions.

Dr. Dalton-Smith shares seven types of rest she has found lacking in the lives of those she meets in her clinical practice and research. She discusses why a deficiency in any one of these types of rest can have unfavorable effects on your health, happiness, relationships, creativity, and productivity
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According to Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, A restorative lifestyle includes:

  • Physical: The chance to use the body in restorative ways to decrease muscle tension, reduce headaches and promote higher quality sleep.
  • Mental: The ability to quiet cerebral/mental chatter and focus on things that matter.
  • Spiritual: The capacity to experience God in all things and recline in the knowledge of the Holy.
  • Emotional: The freedom to authentically express feelings and eliminate people-pleasing behaviors.
  • Social: The wisdom to recognize relationships which fill us up from ones that exhaust and how to limit exposure to toxic people.
  • Sensory: The opportunity to minimize the endless onslaught of sensory input received from electronics, fragrances, and background noise.
  • Creative: The experience of allowing beauty to inspire awe and liberate wonder.

She includes an online quiz that will provide feedback on a restorative lifestyle in each category.

We have made rest synonymous with laziness when in reality it’s the key to more energy, greater productivity, better creativity, increased happiness, and a thriving life. Rest can no longer remain optional.

Which category you feel is your strongest?

Which one is your weakest and needs some attention?

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Sandy LovelessRN, Motivational Interviewing training participant

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Katharina TumpekPhD, Professor and former Chair, Dept. of Health Promotions, Grand View University

“It has been a pleasure to work with Becky Lang over the last 25 years. Within a variety of contexts in the wellness arena, I have witnessed Dr. Lang’s mastery as a wellness educator, a health coach, a professor, and, most recently, as a health coaching trainer. I could go on at length about Dr. Lang’s passion, enthusiasm, high energy, wisdom, and deep knowledge in health promotion and behavior change. One of the attributes that impresses me most, though, is her ability to create a relaxed, fun, interactive, and content-rich training environment. Her refreshingly supportive, inviting, and empathic style of training and coaching allows learners to take risks, experiment, try on new skills, and participate authentically in role play exercises without feeling awkward and intimidated. Through Dr. Lang’s coaching and training, people learn–often more than they imagined.”

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