Work Life Balance Starts With Boundaries
Create work life balance by setting boundaries. Sounds easy right?
When you really think about it…creating boundaries is really about YOU. You putting yourself first. You letting go of the need to please everyone at the expense of yourself. And. . . you realizing that your mental health and well-being are important. By putting boundaries in place you are actually saying “YES” to you.
When you hear the word “self-love”, what does it mean to you?
Does it sound a little “woo-woo” and selfish OR it is something you are working on and practicing daily?
Loving yourself is really the key to maintaining healthy boundaries at work. When you practice self-love, you will want to do better for yourself.
So what does self-love look like?
Self-Love is Self-Appreciation
Appreciate yourself. You are worthy, capable, and beautiful.
“How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.” Rupi Kaur (Canadian Poet, Illustrator, and Author)
Self-Love is Self-Trust
Trust in yourself. You make the right decisions. Why question yourself? You’ve got this. Know that you are doing the best you can and keep moving forward.
Self-Love is Self-Care
Most women think of self-care as manicures and the occasional treat of a spa service. Those indeed can be self-care and nice things to do for yourself but that is not what I am referring to at all.
Self-Care is intentionally taking time for yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Do you have a morning ritual to begin your days with peace and inspiration?
How do you talk to yourself? Do you use positive self-talk?
Will you make time to journal and reflect on your life’s purpose?
Do you set boundaries in all of your relationships both socially and professionally?
Self-Love is Self-Compassion
News flash … you are a wonderful rockstar BUT you are not perfect. None of us are. We all make mistakes. How do you react when you make a small mistake? How about a big mistake? What is that voice in your head saying … you know the voice I am talking about. Are you forgiving and compassionate with yourself or do you harp on your mistakes and not let them go?
Self-Love is Self-Resilience
Most of our problems really do stem from our relationship with ourselves. This is true even when someone does something to us. True even when we mess up. Still true even when circumstances we have no control over fall in our lap.
Self-resilience is how we treat ourselves, how we talk to ourselves when no one else is around. It is a way of being with ourselves.
How’s Your Self-Love?
Self-Love is giving yourself what your mind, body, and soul need for this marathon called life. It is the practice of nourishing yourself and having a high regard for your own well-being and happiness.
So what are you thinking? Is Self-Love something you are working on daily?
The LONGEST and DEEPEST relationship you’ll ever have is with yourself. You may not be able to see it now, but it is possible to create a better life for yourself through daily self-love and self-care practices. There is a new, happier life for you waiting on the other side.
Often lack of work life balance can stem from people-pleasing. And people-pleasing is putting other people before yourself even when you know what you are doing is not best for you. It’s time to take care of YOU.
Here are a few ways to Create a Work Life Balance from a place of Self-Love
- Develop Self-Awareness. Journal and take an honest inventory of your limits at work. What is your dream work scenario?
- Pay attention to your feelings and triggers at work.
- Set work hours and stick to them.
- Set a limited amount of time for checking emails and work text messages at home.
- Create a beautiful and calming bedroom. Put your phone and laptop in another room.
- If you don’t feel well, take a sick day.
- Take your lunchtime to rejuvenate yourself by taking a walk outside, listening to a podcast, meditating, or listening to your favorite playlist. Movement is important as is taking a few moments to decompress.
- Communicate your needs to your colleagues – you may not be the only one who needs boundaries.
- Make rest a priority. Good sleep habits allow you to be alert, balanced, and have a positive impact on your mood.
By setting boundaries and working from a place of self-love you will be on your way to creating a positive work life balance. You will be able to give your best at work, and come home able to give your best to the people you love.
Continued practice of self-love is really the key to Work Life Balance and the life you deserve.
Bringing a fresh loving and supportive perspective, I can help you set goals, create healthy routines, or help you become the most loving and confident woman you have always dreamed of being.