I was away this week-end on a retreat which is something I attempt to do on a regular basis.
What is a retreat?
A dedicated section of time which you put aside for reflection, restoration of energy and well-being. Time to meditate, time to 'centre', time 'to be'.
What are the benefits?
Allows you to restore energy, sleep levels and hence overall well-being. This in turn has implications for aspects of your life such as creativity and can be as far-reaching as improving relationships.
How do I do one?
You can Google and look at guides on good retreats. Then think what style would you like, how simple do you want it to be? Structured; what about food? And if money is very tight you can of course create your own. Take off for a day or two and stay in some cheap accomodation in the country.
Only one, really. When you allow your body to stop, its immune sytem wants to do repair work so you often get 'detox' happening which will range from headaches to iritability. But if you are aware of this the retreat is still remarkably beneficial.
Open your diary/schedule: book one for November now; make it happen.