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Go on, retreat yourself

Switching off doesn’t have to involve an expensive yoga break or lots of planning. Here’s how you do it, writes frazzled ‘diva’ Harriet Minter



My best friend sent me the text, ‘Are you having a Jane Austen moment?’ the day after I had a mini-meltdown on our WhatsApp group chat. The combination of being stuck on a train for four hours, di.cult clients and hormonal grumpiness had led to tearful pleas for help. I was tired, stressed and in need of a break.

My mates rallied around o.ering comfort but that didn’t work – so I headed to the coast for a walk in the rain, alone. I also filled my Instagram feed with snaps of me doing so, which might have been what sparked the literary heroine reference. I didn’t mean to be dramatic (OK, maybe a little), I just needed to get away from it all – my own mini-retreat. Generally, when we talk about a retreat, we envision a week of yoga and pampering, with a pool and an Ayurvedic chef. Traditionally, however, a retreat was the religious practice of taking time away from normal life to reconnect with your god. I’m not sure my version meets the original criteria, but it helps bring me back down to earth when I’m having a ‘diva day’. It’s a way of reconnecting with what’s important to me.

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