Creating and Sticking to Healthy Boundaries That Work For You
If you go to an all-you-can-eat buffet, do you set rules around what or how much you consume? There are certain dishes that you might eat until you have a bellyache, other dishes where you steer clear, and yet others where you allow yourself just a taste.
This analogy is similar to how we might think of boundaries in our work and personal lives. Where do you ignore boundaries to the point where you are negatively impacted? What boundaries do you set but may have trouble sticking to? What boundaries might we be more flexible with, allowing us to pick and choose when we select to use them?
Most people think of work-life boundaries, but in reality, there are several kinds of boundaries. Learning to recognize what boundaries you need to put into place, the level of flexibility required, and how you can express your boundaries in a respectful way can help you develop healthy relationships, reduce burnout, and promote self-care for yourself and others.
- Build awareness about the role of boundaries and how they can positively impact your life
- Understand the six types of boundaries and ways they are activated
- Determine the level of flexibility you have for each boundary and define what that means for you
- Learn and practice responses when boundaries are pushed
Lisa Lebowitz, M.B.A.
B.A., Organizational Behavior and Human Resources - University of Michigan
M.B.A., Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University