5 Steps for observing limits: Preventing burnout, building resilience

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By Dr. Melissa Ming Foynes. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

In today's episode, I focus on a 5-step approach for observing limits (which some people refer to as setting boundaries) and the ways in which this approach is not only a practice of self-care that can prevent burnout, but also a practice of resilience-building that fosters empowerment, compassion, and alignment with ourselves and our values. In addition to helping us care for ourselves and attend to our needs, observing limits is a necessary part of being in relationship with others and nurturing relationship health. To this end, I discuss practical strategies related to 1) identifying our limits and knowing when they’ve been crossed, 2) expressing our limits to others in compassionate ways that maximize our chances of getting our needs met, and 3) concrete tips for addressing some of the most common barriers that can arise.

To connect more with Dr. Foynes:

  1. Check out the free 4-part video series on building resilience: https://melissafoynes.com/free-series

  2. 1:1 Coaching Program: https://melissafoynes.com/1-1-program

  3. Follow @drfoynes on Instagram.

References & Additional Resources

  1. Hoffman, P. D., Fruzzetti, A., & Swenson, C. (1999). Dialectical Behavior Therapy‐Family Skills Training. Family process, 38(4), 399-414.

  2. Rosenberg, M. B., & Chopra, D. (2015). Nonviolent communication: A language of life: Life-changing tools for healthy relationships. PuddleDancer Press.

  3. Rosenberg, M. (2012). Living nonviolent communication: Practical tools to connect and communicate skillfully in every situation. Sounds True.

Please note that the information provided in this episode does not constitute professional advice or therapy, mental health services, or health care services, and is not intended to serve as a substitue for professional advice or services. If you are struggling with a mental health crisis or need immediate assistance, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

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