May 18, 2019
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
According to Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, A restorative lifestyle includes:
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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