5 Tips for Better, Healthier Boundaries
We all have boundaries. Maybe you don’t feel like you do because of the many times in the past when people have overrun you.
Somewhere around the umpteenth time of being taken advantage of, of being ignored about your own needs, and treated as though your time is not valuable, you start to believe that you’ve lost whatever boundaries you had.
The good news is, you can re-create your boundaries, and make them stronger and healthier than ever before. How? Read on for a quick list of five tips to jumpstart your life and put it on track for a happier you.
- Permit yourself to start over. While this step seems obvious, there are quite a few reasons for it. First, by telling yourself it’s ok to set boundaries, you’re declaring that you’re important enough even to have them. But also, in acknowledging that it’s ok to start over, you’re not getting hung up on the past. That is you taking control. Embrace it!
- Pay attention. Here’s where you start getting into the details of who you are and who you want to be. How have people taken advantage of you in the past? Where have you wished there were boundaries?
What do you need to do to establish them now?
Be mindful of your feelings. Look for the disappointment and anger.
What has set those off?
Chances are those are the places where the boundaries need the most work. You’ll find that self-awareness is key to your success so don’t be afraid to dig into your emotions.
- Where have you been? And where are you now? There is a strong likelihood that a lot of what you feel about boundaries came from your wiring as a child.
If no one respected your space growing up, it’s hard to ask people to respect it now.
Examine the boundaries of your childhood and compare them to the boundaries of today.
What’s lacking? What needs work?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help either with a Life Coach, Mentor, or Therapist. Someone that will assist you and who aren’t afraid to point out when you’re starting to slip.
Sometimes we all need some tough love, especially when we’re pushing for better, healthier boundaries.
By following these steps, you’re not only drawing a line in the sand; you’re taking control of your life.
Healthy boundaries are meant to protect you so that you have room to grow and become the person you always knew you could be.
But first, you have to begin.
So, why are you waiting? Start your new Healthier Boundary journey today!!
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