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Know When to Retreat

The personal retreat is the most important aspect of my mental health. Without breaking the routine of life I would be overcome by its challenges and demands. My life and joy is only sustainable through periodic times of detachment.

The retreat gives me time alone, away from the demands of others, and perhaps even more importantly, the demands that I place on myself. I am wired for performance and this usually serves me well. But without a break I am in danger of harmful attitudes that can hurt me and others.


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