Setting personal boundaries are essential to creating healthy relationships. Unfortunately, few of us are taught how to do this when we are young. Think about the time your parents told you to give “auntie so and so” a hug. For a long time we were told that our personal boundaries play second fiddle to our social standards and expectations of courtesy. When we finally realize how important it is to set boundaries, we’re usually much older and have to learn the skill from scratch.
If there were ever a buzzword to escape 2020 and climb on over to 2021, it would burnout. The pandemic has caused people of all different walks, ages, and professions—especially healthcare to experience extreme levels of stress, depression, and anxiety. There is no doubt that the majority of us never expected anything like the COVID-19 pandemic to become a reality – at least not in our lifetimes.
During several meetings recently my team made me aware that most women don’t think or talk this way when it comes to addressing tasks or problems in their lives. Like in the previous episode I discussed being proactive and that it is a choice to think that way everyday. Both ways take time and energy but if done correctly it can help take the stress out of your life and put you in a lead position. It can help you find the gems in your everyday life vs. feeling like you are always fighting an uphill battle.
I think that it is safe to say that we have all had moments in our lives when we have practiced a fair amount of self-pity, or a why me attitude. Which, to be honest, is somewhat understandable – especially if you are going through a tough time. I think that when we have a few challenging situations occur within close proximity to each other, and it is often pretty easy to look at all of these things causing us stress and go, “why is this happening to me?”, “what did I do to deserve this?” “must be nice for other people who have it easier!”.
This year many people have found themselves overwhelmed with self doubt and some will even stay paralyzed with doubt, unable to get through it. It’s not uncommon to have self doubt and everyone goes through it in some stage of their life. What’s important to keep in mind is that sharing your own experiences can lead to helping others.
The new year is quickly approaching, and even as things continue to be incredibly stressful and confusing, it feels somewhat safe to say that most of us are ready to let go of 2020 and face 2021 with optimism and readiness for change. Looking back past 2020 to 2019, it is safe for I think everyone to say that this year was completely unexpected. It has challenged us as individuals and as a human race beyond anything we were ever prepared for.
Recently, I went back home to Indiana to visit some friends. While visiting I noticed on the website for the Wheaten Terrier Rescue Group that I am a member of was in need of a emergency transport from the exact city I was visiting for the weekend. I couldn’t believe the odds that I was exactly where they needed help and I was available that day.