We all have a pretty good idea of what we need to do to keep healthy, both physically and mentally: exercise, have healthy eating habits, social connections, quality recreation and sleep. But when are we supposed to have time for these things? Others’ demands on our time are endless. Clients, patients, family, even our pets – all want our time, attention, and energy. We talk about self-care, but how does it fit into our crazy busy lives?
Setting boundaries is an important first step in self-care and preventing burnout. As care-giving professionals, setting healthy boundaries without feeling guilty is vital to our well-being and the battle against compassion fatigue and burnout. Paradoxically, taking time to prioritize our needs allows us to help the others who need us.