Ever have a hard time balancing your personal and work life? Before COVID-19, people clocked in and clocked out of workplaces. However, since the global pandemic, many had to transition to working in a home environment. Let’s talk about some healthy boundaries, what they are, and how you can implement them in order to achieve a healthy balance in your personal and work life. Boundaries are clear lines and limits you establish for yourself. Boundaries between personal and work have since then been blurred. Let’s help you define what boundaries are and how you can set healthy boundaries for your home and work balance. What is the most challenging part of establishing boundaries for you?
Just like a fence is designed to keep things in or keep things out, healthy boundaries can accomplish the same. Figure out what needs to be kept in and what needs to be kept out, doing so will protect your mental health and allow for self-care.
Here are ways to implement to set boundaries:
1.Be intentional, clear, and objectively state the boundary.
Set a work schedule and honor your time. Turn off notifications or set email to “out of the office.”
“I will not be answering phone calls and emails after my time allotted work schedule.”
“I will make a list of tasks that need my attention today.”
“After work, I will prioritize self-care, these activities may include but not limited to (writing, journaling, walking, listening to music)”
2. Communicate your needs
Ex: “I will set a time with my boss if my work schedule/load is beyond my job description.”
“I need some alone time before we (with your loved one, family or friends) can connect tonight.”
3.Avoid over-explaining yourself to others
Example: If you say no and someone is trying to question you, know that you decide whether you will share your reasons.
Example: Express your goals to a trusted relationship. If you are still having a hard time setting boundaries after sharing with them with trusted people, seek professional help. Having clear boundaries can help you in your relationships.
Setting boundaries is a process, and it takes practice. It’s a practice of self-love. It can lead to self-empowerment and also enables you to protect against resentment and burnout that comes from not recognizing and honoring your limits.