We all need boundaries in our lives! Sometimes it’s difficult to know how to go about setting them. Our hope this week is to share some personal experiences with you, so that we may possibly help you in establishing healthy boundaries in your own life. Work Boundaries
I used to work for a company that was not employee-focused. The hours were long, the work extremely stressful, the pay was peanuts. We were expected to give and give of ourselves.
Our jobs were reliant on productivity. This made it tricky to ever take time off, even though we were given an overabundance of PTO. I found myself overworked and burnt out very quickly with this job. I knew I needed to do self-care, but felt guilty for taking a day off. So, I didn’t.
Months went by and I began to despise my job. I was angry and bitter that I couldn’t take a day off. I didn’t take care of myself and dreaded going to work. I found myself worker longer hours and bringing paperwork home with me every night.
Looking back now, I realize I wasn’t setting appropriate work boundaries. I knew that I felt burnt out, but didn’t listen to my gut. I wish that I would have had the insight to allow myself to take a day off here and there, for my own sanity. I should have been more willing to say “No” when I was given more duties. I had too much on my plate, and didn’t realize that I had the right to take care of myself.
Do you find yourself struggling with self-care when it comes to your job? Are there times when you need to allow yourself to say “No thank you” when more responsibilities are given to you? Do you need to decrease your working hours or stop bringing work home with you? Do you need to take time off in order to breathe and feel re-focused?
If you can relate to anything I’ve talked about, I would encourage you to set some healthy work boundaries. If you are having a hard time knowing where to start, please seek professional help. You have the right to take care of yourself!
Written by Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW
Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.
Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.