Boundaries (I like to call ‘rules of the game’ are facilitated in many forms in life, relationships, family, caring for others and in workplaces. Some boundaries are in our awareness and others may not be in our awareness. Boundaries protect and guide actions.
You may have seen or experienced boundaries in action in the form of an ethical code in practice or organisations, a policy in the workplace, attending appointments, driving, meetings, participating in a competitions, interacting and in relation with others at home, whilst caring for others, in the environment and in everyday life.
Examples of boundaries include: how much information we share with others, what tasks we are willing to take on and with whom we choose to share certain information, efforts or privileges.
Establishing boundaries in caring for others, is strongly represented across the literature for reducing the risk of compassion fatigue.