Defining my Boundaries (Day 6 – Personal Boundaries)

(c) Megan S, November 2013
(c) Megan S, November 2013

Day 6 of the 21 Days of Gratitude program focused on setting personal boundaries to be able to give from the deepest part of your soul. It took me a while to get my thoughts straight but it got me thinking about how well my daily schedule is working for me.

Although it works well on days where I’m staying at home and not doing anything else, I hardly have any days where this is the case. Thanks to multiple doctors appointments, acupuncture appointments and the occasional social activity with family and/or friends I tend to only have one or two days in a week where my schedule actually works.

So… I think I’m going to experiment with setting myself a set of personal boundaries and clearly letting everyone know exactly what these are so that they can help me stick to them.┬áIn setting these boundaries I need to consider how long I can do different activities at one time and over a whole day/week and how much rest I need between each activity.

By setting these boundaries I’m hoping it will help me pace better and stick to my plans for major events in my life. This will allow me to give the best of myself to all those I truly value (which is important to me as since being ill I’ve struggled with this – post to come).

Without further ado, here are my personal boundaries that will allow me to heal and maintain a manageable level of pain and fatigue…

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(c) Megan S, 2013
(c) Megan S, November 2013
(c) Megan S, 2013
(c) Megan S, November 2013

I haven’t mentioned transport in here because I haven’t worked a limit for that. I know that traveling in a private car has less impact than taking a taxi which has less than public transport. I just don’t know how long us too long for setting off symptoms.

I will continue to tweak these as I determine what works and what doesn’t. And obviously over time I would hope to see the session limit increase over time.

Do you work with boundaries, a daily schedule or do you have another technique for pacing yourself?