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The Legendary Leaders Podcast

Nov 12, 2020


Are you really allowing yourself to receive rest?


Did you know there are seven types of rest, and completely lacking in one can slow down your life? It is important to understand that rest is more than just sleep, engaging in some activities, or even being around some people can give you the much-needed rest.


Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an expert of resting, an author, speaker, and a board-certified internal medicine physician. She helps people understand the areas they need to focus on in order to feel energized and rejuvenated, and therefore at their best. She has also spoken on many TED talks, TV shows, and is a regular podcast guest due to her expertise.


Dr. Saundra shares how her own experience of insufficient rest led her to study and understand the dynamics of rest in this fast-paced environment we are living in today.


Listen in to learn how you can open yourself up to receiving without being in control through emotional and social rest as a leader. You will also learn how to incorporate rest in your daily life to keep your passion and desire for work and life alive.


Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding that creative rest is not just for creatively active people.
  • How to receive sensory rest by removing sensory inputs like electronic devices in your life.
  • Learning how to receive without you having to be in control.
  • The power of rest in creating a better and creative work environment.


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Episode Timeline:

  • [7:18] How Dr. Saundra unraveled rest which is more than sleep and the birth of the 7 types of rest.
  • [9:27] How she felt no desire or passion for work even though her life looked perfect on the surface due to exhaustion.
  • [11:02] The differences between women’s and men’s types of rest and how that has shifted since COVID-19.
  • [13:44] The seven types of rest that exist- how to exercise the active physical rest, spiritual, and mental rest.
  • [19:38] The importance of removing device overload from your life to get sensory rest.
  • [23:25] Why for many people, binge-watching is an emotional outlet that just drains them and the many types of activities that give different people rest.
  • [26:59] How leaders filter emotional and social rest and why they need to understand the importance of both.
  • [34:35] The process of opening yourself up to receive by starting where you’re at and allowing emotional and social rest into your life.
  • [37:22] How to create a resting lifestyle in whatever way that awakens something in you that restores creative rest.
  • [40:42] Understanding the importance of rest for employees to build a creative work environment.
  • [45:13] Saundra talks about her rest quiz and how it helps you understand your current situation and where you need to be.


Standout Quotes:

  • “When you’re just striving all the time you really don’t adequately know how to rest in these areas, you never allow yourself to enjoy any of the things that you’re accomplishing.”- Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith [10:23]


  • Emotional rest is the rest we receive when we allow ourselves to be very authentic, when we eliminate people-pleasing tendencies, and we get back to a place of being really raw and honest about what’s going on with ourselves”- Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith [27:07]


  • “Everyone of us needs someone and people in our lives who are pouring back into us, who don’t need us for anything.”- Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith [31:24]


  • “It’s about focusing on one small thing that you can do each day very consistently to get back to a state of rest.”- Cathleen Merkel [44:33]


Find | Cathleen Merkel


On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel

On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching

On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel




Find | Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith



Dr Dalton Smith

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On Twitter: @DrDaltonSmith

On Pinterest: @DrDaltonSmith



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


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About Cathleen: 



As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU!
Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  
At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.  
With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself, she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.


Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!



About Whitedove Gannon


Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a Board-Certified internal medicine physician, speaker, and author.


She is an international wellness expert featured in numerous media outlets including Prevention, MSNBC, Women’s Day, FOX, Fast Company, Psychology Today, and as a guest on Dr. Oz show.


She is the author of numerous books including her new book Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, including ground-breaking insight on the seven types of rest needed to optimize your productivity, increase your overall happiness, overcome burnout, and live your best life.


Over 100,000 people have discovered their personal rest deficits using her free assessment at


Learn more about Dr. Saundra at and