Good self-care includes making sure that boundaries are in place and that you are protecting your mental health. So make time and make space for yourself. If you do not, the consequences can be severe for all involved in the healthcare relationship. This includes not just your work environment and patients but also your family and loved ones.
It is important to set both personal and professional boundaries as they are a key part of self-care:
Personal boundaries are setting your own personal limits. For example, deciding those things for which you are responsible and those that you are not. Boundaries are not about building emotional walls which can be harmful to both you, your colleagues and your patients. Being assertive and saying ‘no’ can be done in a caring and empathetic manner.
Professional boundaries are those set out in our code of conduct that ensure that we do not behave inappropriately with our colleagues and patients. For example, becoming romantically involved with a patient you are treating.