Personal Boundaries for health workers

Healthy boundaries don’t just exist at home; they are for work. It can be the difference between happy and healthy relationships and toxic, dysfunctional teams /days.

For many they may be ridged, loose, somewhere in-between but mostly NON-EXISTENCE.

Do you have personal boundaries?

What are yours?

A personal belief is in Healthcare we need Personal boundaries more than any other professions.

Aside from our code of practice, you mostly need to be clear for your mental health.

  • Are there times
  • The patient went too far in conversations
  • The family took advantage of your kind heart when you know you should have been getting to bed early for work
  • You know what you value, yet you never seem to feel fulfilled or meet the value?
  • Living paycheck to paycheck
  • Schedule time for some downtime, yet it never happens

If you have kept reading, I believe you want to know more?


Personal boundaries come from self-awareness. Many have NOT taken any time to consciously learn what boundaries they are willing to tolerate and what they are not.

Advantages include

  • Good mental health
  • Good emotional health
  • Avoid burnout
  • Influence others through your behaviour
  • Strong sense of self. You become more self-aware
  • Awareness of where every dollar is spent or is allocated to a financial task reducing financial stress
  • Follow through on jobs which are essential to your life

Where to start

Start working out what’s important to you and what is not. What boundaries are currently in place? Are they working for you? Or are they working at home and not work?

How do you say no to when someone they ask to take your precious time? This would include that feeling like “you should do it” yet you know in your heart that getting 7hours sleep is better for you before a shift. Don’t feel the need to justify or explain yourself. Just Say No politely but firmly.

Keep your boundaries simple. Don’t make it harder for yourself more than necessary.

Don’t Delay; start today. Your happiness comes when your clear what you’re willing to accept and not.

Comment below boundaries you keep during these tough times