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Going Back To Work? Remember Your Boundaries

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Are you feeling overwhelmed by the pressure to work extra hours? Trying to balance a healthy work-life balance can be difficult, especially when you're afraid to set boundaries. Join us for an interactive discussion on how to set boundaries at work without the fear of being penalized. We will be exploring topics such as how to set limits, how to say no, and how to manage expectations. Learn to prioritize your mental health and gain the tools to practice self-care. Sign up now for our "Going back to work? Remember your boundaries" session and take back control of your work life.

What we covered

Returning to work after a long break can be a daunting prospect, especially when you’re feeling overwhelmed by the pressure to work extra hours and struggling to keep a healthy work-life balance. It’s important to remember that setting boundaries is essential to taking back control of your work life and prioritizing your mental health.

At our upcoming workshop, “Going back to work? Remember your boundaries”, we’ll be exploring topics such as how to set limits, how to say no, and how to manage expectations, as well as providing you with the tools to practice self-care.

Why it’s important to set boundaries

Setting boundaries is a vital part of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. It’s important to remember that boundaries are not about being uncooperative or unhelpful, but about finding ways to protect yourself from being overwhelmed.

When you are clear about your boundaries, it helps you to focus on what’s important and to prioritize your own mental health. It also helps to promote healthy relationships with your colleagues and managers, as they will understand that you have a limit and respect it.

How to set boundaries

When it comes to setting boundaries, it’s important to be specific and clear. It’s also helpful to plan ahead and be proactive.

Start by understanding what your limits are. What is the maximum amount of work you can handle? What is the maximum amount of time you can dedicate to work each day? What is the minimum amount of sleep you need to function?

Once you have established your limits, it’s important to communicate them to your colleagues and managers. Be firm but polite when you tell them what you can and cannot do.

It’s also important to be flexible. If a project or task requires you to work outside of your normal hours or do something that’s outside of your scope, it’s best to discuss it with your manager before agreeing to it.

How to say no

Saying “no” can be difficult, especially if you’re afraid of being penalized. It’s important to remember that saying “no” is not a sign of weakness or lack of commitment – it’s a sign of strength and confidence.

When you need to say “no”, be clear and direct. Explain why you’re saying “no” and be sure to listen to the other person’s response. Don’t be afraid to negotiate and try to reach a compromise if possible.

It’s also important to remember that it’s ok to say “no”. It doesn’t make you a bad person or a bad employee. It just means that you’re taking care of yourself and your mental health.

How to manage expectations

Managing expectations is an important part of setting boundaries. It’s important to be clear about what you can and can’t do, and what you are and aren’t willing to do.

It’s also important to set realistic expectations for yourself and your colleagues. When you set realistic expectations, it’s easier to manage them and less likely that you will be overwhelmed.

It’s also important to remember that it’s ok to ask for help. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your colleagues and managers for support if you need it.

Conclusion

Returning to work can be a difficult transition, especially when you’re feeling overwhelmed by the pressure to work extra hours and struggling to keep a healthy work-life balance. It’s important to remember that setting boundaries is essential to taking back control of your work life and prioritizing your mental health.

At our upcoming workshop, “Going back to work? Remember your boundaries”, we’ll be exploring topics such as how to set limits, how to say no, and how to manage expectations, as well as providing you with the tools to practice self-care. Sign up now and take back control of your work life.

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