I am a naturally friendly person and I enjoy socializing with my co-workers. However, I am starting to feel like I'm being taken advantage of because they always come to me with their problems and expect me to listen. I don't mind being a good listener, but I also need time for myself. How can I put boundaries with my work friends without seeming cold or unapproachable?
It's perfectly normal to want some space from your work friends. You can start by setting aside some time for yourself during the day, like lunchtime, when you can take a break from socializing. You can also try to be less available by not always saying yes when they invite you to hang out. If they keep asking, you can be honest and tell them that you need some time for yourself. Lastly, don't feel guilty about setting boundaries with your work friends. They should respect your decision and if they don't, then they're not really your friends.
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