A few weeks ago I had made it a goal to set better work boundaries. This came up because I had been working more and I wanted to make sure I had enough energy to give to my patients in my practice.
This intention got tested over the weekend.
A personal friend of mine had a question about an aspect of her care and got hold of me on a Sunday while I was running errands.
At that moment, I could have chosen to answer the phone or write her back at a different time. I was about to stop what I was doing (I was at Costco at a busy time) to answer her when I remembered my commitment to setting boundaries.
It wasn’t easy for me but I chose to stand my ground. I responded that she would have to discuss her care with me at the office during office hours. If she had something to say in regards to our friendship, she was at liberty to contact me at any time.
In the past, I would have either written back at that moment and then been resentful towards this person for disrupting my family time or ignored the message and continue to be annoyed.
Once I chose to stand up, I felt instantly relieved. Her response was that of understanding.
Choose discomfort over resentment. The discomfort is usually only short term while resentment can build up over time.
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.