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What are Boundaries?

What are boundaries and why might I need them?

Boundaries are "the rules" you put in place to protect your well-being and maintain healthy relationships. There are many different types of boundaries and we help you figure out which ones you might need to add, or work on in the Burnout To Boundaries™ course.

Here are examples of the different types of boundaries:

1. Physical Boundaries: Your comfort level with personal space and physical touch (think: I don't like to hug other people).

2. Emotional Boundaries: Involve separating your own emotions and responsibilities from those of others (think: limiting contact with people who drain your energy).

3. Mental Boundaries: Concern your thoughts, values, and opinions (think: how does the content you consume online impact how you feel?)

4. Social Boundaries: Your comfort level with social interactions and commitments (think: I have at least one night a week where I don't have social engagements or work commitments, I'll say no to things that interfere with this time).

5. Time Boundaries: Protect how you use your time, including setting limits on how much time you spend on different activities or with certain people (think: I take a lunch break every day or I leave work by 5:30 pm at the latest).

How do boundaries help?

1. Prevent Burnout : Boundaries help prevent burnout and stress by ensuring you don’t take on more than you can handle.

2. Maintain Balance: Setting boundaries is a form of self-care. Boundaries help balance various aspects of life, such as work, family, and hobbies, ensuring that no single area overwhelms others.

3. Promote Healthy Relationships: Clear boundaries help create mutual respect and understanding in relationships, reducing conflict and fostering trust.

4. Prevent Resentment: By clearly communicating your limits, you reduce the likelihood of feeling taken advantage of or unappreciated.

5. Improve Focus and Productivity: Boundaries help manage distractions and prioritize tasks, improving efficiency and effectiveness.

6. Encourage Personal Growth: They allow you to focus on your own needs and goals, promoting personal development and self-improvement.

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Hi, I'm Alison and welcome to the blog.

I have been a speaker and trainer for 20 years. I offer Mental Health First Aid in Canada and work with workplaces to improve mental wellbeing and psychological safety and reduce stress and burnout.

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