Season 12 - Ep 138: From Burnout Culture to Rest Culture with Saundra Dalton-Smith

Feb 07, 2023

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Are those two-week vacations not really doing it for you anymore?

Better question…have they ever really done it for you? Packing your bags, catching a plane to some exotic locale, dealing with airport security, shifting into tourist mode for a week, then doing it all again just to come home, how is that considered rest? 

The truth is that we were born into a burnout culture. And the “two weeks PTO” carrot on the stick ain’t cutting it. Vacations are wonderful, but they aren’t “rest”. 

They’re like putting a bandaid on burnout when what we really need is resuscitation. 

It’s time for a cultural exchange that shifts us away from the drudgery of burnout culture and encourages us to embrace a culture of rest.  

This week, Karlee welcomes Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, a Board-Certified internal medicine physician, speaker, and award-winning author. She is an international well-being thought leader and author of numerous books, including her bestseller Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity. Her insight on the seven types of rest helps people understand their specific rest deficits as a means to overcome burnout, increase overall happiness, and live more meaningful lives.

In this episode, you’ll identify what burnout looks and feels like, and you’ll start to recognize the effect sustained burnout can have on your quality of life and your relationships. You’ll recognize how living and growing up in a burnout culture has taught us to treat vacations as cures, and why those breaks never really relieve our emotional burdens. You’ll also learn about the seven types of specific rest you need, which of them you need more of, and practical ways you can start to nourish your rest deficits. 

If you’re ready to rip the bandaid off of burnout culture and take the time to deepen your understanding of what rest is and start to get more of it, then this episode is for you. 

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

Putting a bandaid on burnout vs getting real rest (5:49)

The Seven Types of Rest (10:46)

Recognizing the energy givers and takers in your life (26:35)

Growing up in a burnout culture (31:33)

Rest and the virtue of selflessness (39:13)

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Video: TED: The 7 types of rest every person needs Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

Book: Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity

FREE Quiz: Personal Rest Assessment

Connect with Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith:


Twitter Handle: @DrDaltonSmith

Facebook Page: Dr. Saundra Dalton – Smith

Instagram: @DrDaltonSmith

Pinterest: @DrDaltonSmith

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