As a foundation doctor, setting boundaries is important for maintaining your well-being and preventing burnout. Here are some strategies to help you set boundaries:
Identify Your Priorities:
Identify your priorities and make a list of what is most important to you in your personal and professional life. This will help you to determine what boundaries you need to set.
Communicate Your Boundaries:
Communicate your boundaries clearly and assertively to your colleagues, superiors, and patients. Let them know what you are comfortable with and what you are not comfortable with.
Learn to Say No:
Learn to say no to requests that are outside of your scope of practice, that conflict with your priorities, or that would compromise your well-being.
Delegate tasks to other team members or ask for help when you need it. This will help you to manage your workload and prevent burnout.
Protect Your Time:
Protect your time outside of work by setting aside time for self-care, hobbies, and spending time with loved ones.
Practice self-care regularly to recharge your batteries and prevent burnout. This may include exercise, meditation, spending time outdoors, or doing something creative.
Setting boundaries is not always easy and don’t expect that you will get it right first time. However, keep at it because having boundaries is important for maintaining your well-being and preventing burnout as a foundation doctor. If there are others around you who you observe upholding their boundaries, ask them how they maintain these. By identifying your priorities, communicating your boundaries, learning to say no, delegating tasks, protecting your time, and practicing self-care, you can set boundaries that support your personal and professional goals. See ‘Boundaries’ in the ‘Tools’ section for more strategies on how to set and maintain them.