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Maintaining Positive Boundaries

Boundaries are important in every aspect of life. Whether you commute or work from home, you should be able to relax and unwind after your working day. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen.

You have to be able to set boundaries, otherwise the rest of the world is telling you who you are and what you should be doing. You can still be a nice person and set boundaries. Oprah Winfrey

Home has stress of its own, and it seems like the stress from work is constantly waiting to spill over into our home lives. To have a happy balance, it is important to set some positive boundaries.

Once you set your boundaries and have communicated them, you must learn how to maintain them. People naturally push boundaries, and they will test you. You need to stay strong. Here are some strategies that may help you set some positive boundaries:

  • Stop on the way home: If you are a commuter, on particularly stressful days, you may want to stop somewhere for a few minutes to unwind.

  • Work calls after hours: Let a call go to voicemail and only return it if the matter is truly an emergency that cannot wait. Odds are that it isn't!

  • Emails and social networks: Now there is always a way for someone to reach us but you have the power to make your response wait. Be proactive in this endeavour.

  • Your phone: It is acceptable and healthy to occasionally disconnect. Sometimes you should just turn your phone off.

  • Enjoy your family: Focus on the upside of family life. Find ways to spend time together that everyone enjoys.

After some time, and consistency from you, people will learn to respect your boundaries.

Love yourself enough to set boundaries. Your time and energy are precious and you get to decide how to use them. You teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won't accept. Anna Taylor

Over to You

Ultimately, 'Me time' is essential to our health and well-being. Often, people think that 'Me time' is a day at the spa or something else extravagant that they can't really afford to do. Actually, 'Me time' is much simpler. It is anything that you do just for yourself. There is no set expense or time frame that you have to follow when taking 'Me time.' It can be as simple as taking a walk. The only imperative concerning 'Me time' is that you actually take it and take it regularly.

Here's a few ideas to use as a springboard for developing 'Me time' into your life..

  • Gentle exercise or stretching every morning

  • Read a novel

  • Devote time to a hobby or personal interest

  • Write in a journal

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