We can find ourselves in positions where we would like to respond in a different way and there are a whole host of reasons as to why we may have agreed or provided more information than what was required.

Setting boundaries is an important part of establishing one’s identity and is a crucial aspect of mental health and well-being. It is important for our personal and professional arenas.

Healthy boundaries are a crucial component of self-care. That’s because “in work or in our personal relationships, poor boundaries lead to resentment, anger, and burnout.

Advantages of healthy boundaries are

  • Good mental health
  • Good emotional health
  • Developed autonomy
  • Developed identity
  • Avoidance of Burnout
  • Influence other behaviours

Boundaries can be physical or emotional, and they can range from being loose to rigid, with healthy boundaries often falling somewhere in between.

If you would like to re-set personal or professional boundaries it can be helpful to follow this process.

  • Define – identify desired boundary
  • Communication – say what you need
  • Stay simple – Don’t overexplain or apologise
  • Set consequences – say why it’s important

Learning to set healthy boundaries takes time. It is a process.

In your workplace there may be instances where your professional boundaries are compromised. The time when a caller’s ask if you have experienced the same issue or when you agree to stay the extra hour because you are short staffed.