Insights for High Stress Professions
Respecting your time and space
You can set boundaries to protect your work hours and non-work hours.
You can set boundaries to create buffers and transitions in your day.
Respecting your priorities
You can set boundaries around the tasks you take on.
Protecting your priorities is about protecting your ability to spend your limited bandwidth on the things that are most important and most impactful in your life. Remember:
Not everything needs to be done.
Respecting your mental and emotional bandwidth
Your mental and emotional bandwidth are limited resources. When we engage in invisible labor, we are spending more mental and emotional bandwidth that is strictly required to simply execute a task. Most articles on invisible labor (emotional labor and mental load) focus on invisible work at home done by women in cisgender relationships, but many people can relate to the experience of engaging in invisible labor.
The goal in setting boundaries to protect mental and emotional bandwidth is to minimize the additional invisible labor we engage in, and decrease the amount of frustration we may experience.
For additional resources on addressing and redistributing mental load and invisible labor, check out Fair Play by Eve Rodsky (available in book, audiobook, playing cards, and documentary).
Boundaries to protect your mental and emotional bandwidth
In your journey towards establishing firm boundaries, remember that it's a process of self-care and self-respect. By prioritizing your well-being, you're better equipped to navigate life's challenges with resilience and grace.
What boundaries can you start setting now?
Cole, T. (2021). Boundary Boss: The Essential Guide to Talk True, Be Seen, and (Finally) Live Free. Sounds True.
Eatough, E. (January 4, 2022). The invisible workload that drags women down. BetterUp.
Rodsky, E. (2019). Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live). Penguin Random House.
Do you want to learn more about boundaries? Check out my series on boundaries here:
The Silent Language: What Your Boundaries (or Lack Thereof) Say
Respecting Your Space: The Art of Boundary Communication
From Guilt to Grace: Navigating the weight of guilt in boundary setting.
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