Do you struggle with wanting to make everyone happy? Do you worry about how others will perceive you? Do you have a hard time telling people how you feel? This may mean you struggle with setting and respecting healthy boundaries.
In relationships, boundaries are the limits we set for ourselves. That can be with friends, family, coworkers, neighbours, and others. Boundaries let you respect your emotional and physical needs, keeping you (and others) healthy in relationships. Setting limits with others may initially feel selfish or rude, but it will let you take care of yourself and help others better understand you.
That sounds positive, but how do you actually get there? Here are some tips to get you started:
Understand yourself. What do you need in order to feel safe and healthy? How do you want to prioritize your time?
Prioritize communicating clearly, honestly, and respectfully with others.
Be firm with your boundaries, but also flexible, understanding that people grow and change.
These are a couple tips to get you started, but boundaries are complex. Don’t just stop here, consider finding resources like the book “Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No, to Take Control of Your Life,” by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend. Or, consider consulting a professional counselor.
Do you know other great resources about boundaries? Share them in the comments.
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