Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a medical doctor, wife, and mother to two boys. As a busy working mom, she struggled with the busyness that came along with the blessings.

“A lot of the things that were giving me the most pressure were blessings I’d prayed for… my marriage, my kids, my career. They definitely weren’t things I was going to give up, so it was a matter of looking at how can I find rest in the midst of all this busyness. Because the busyness from the blessings wasn’t going away.”

Using her unique perspective as a medical doctor, she researched rest and how we can connect with God’s plan for rest. Now she shares her research and methods with her patients and with all of us.

She shares about the many types of rest and how sleep is just a small part of true rest. The seven types of rest: physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, social, sensory and creative. To help evaluate what rest you need, she offers a free quiz on her website.

Hello Mornings Habits

  • Start with a restful nighttime routine. Avoid highly stimulating activities close to bed and focus on self-analysis for any barriers to deep rest.
  • Take a break from electronics and devices at least 30 minutes before bed.
  • Ask yourself: What is being restored when you rest?
  • It’s better to find a way to wake up gently in the morning. Alarms that vibrate or have white noise sounds can be more peaceful.

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