Two of the most common signs you need a pause are hating you job, poor preformance, awarness of use of technology is often a reflection of a underlying problem.
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Formative experiences can end up holding you back later in life , e.g. teacher telling you your not good at painting , e.g. may leave you doubting your artistic ability, this is an example of a limiting belief.these can be deeply ingrained and when the going get tough you can tend to fall back on them.