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What do you do to set boundaries and self-care?

In the previous topics you learnt about self-care and setting boundaries.

Setting boundaries and taking actions of self-care need to be deliberate, they are often not things that ‘just happen’. 

Below you will see a real-life scenario and the importance of self-care and setting boundaries.

Case study: Importance of setting time aside to self-care and setting boundaries. Names have been changed to keep anonymously.

Jill is a young and enthusiastic School teacher living in Perth, Western Australia.  Since graduating, Jill has continued her casual weekend work, working on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. . Although Jill is a casual relief teacher, it is very common for Jill to work seven days a week between her two jobs. Jill is very much aware of self-care and the risk she has both physically and mentally if she doesn’t set time aside to take care of herself.  Jill sets time aside almost every day to swim laps at her local swimming pool. Swimming laps is a way Jill ‘switches of’ and has time to think, relax and exercise. On the weekends, Jill also ensures that when she comes home from work, she switches off by turning of her mobile phone and taking her dog for a walk, spending time at the beach or spending time with her family or friends.  

Setting boundaries is a concept Jill is continuing to work on. Working seven days a week means Jill is often left with little time to wind down and relax.  Often Jill will want to simply stay home and have a ‘day to herself’ but will be called into work at a school in the early hours of the morning. Most days Jill will say yes.   Saying ‘no’ is something Jill struggles with and is continuing to work on.

Having an idea of things, you enjoy is a great place to start towards taking action of self-care. Below is an example of some ideas ‘Jill’ came up with when first taking steps towards better self-care.

Physical self-careEmotional self-careSocial self-careSpiritual self-care
-Swimming laps
-Walking the dog
-Eating healthy:planning meals the night before
-Turning technology of while in bed
– Keeping work thoughts at work
-Watching a funny movie
-Keeping up to date with local charity- RSPCA, Starlight Foundation
-Attending family dinners every night
-Seeing friends face to face at least once a week
-Turning of social media after weekend work
-Sunrise beach swims
-Taking dog for walk through nature walks- no music

All Community Champions are in the same situation and will be facing similar challenges in their role as a Community Champion.  Other Community champions are the best people to talk to and your best supports.

The Community Champion program has a private Facebook Group where you can talk, share resources and e-meet other community champions all around Western Australia.