This may be a lot to absorb if you haven’t given much thought to healthy boundaries or this is your first time trying to consciously establish them.
As a first step, think through what you want from your relationships with others. What’s working right now, and what’s not working? How would you like to strengthen your boundaries or in what areas are your boundaries too strict?
As you set up your boundaries, it’s probably most beneficial to start with the ones that are closest to you. You won’t wake up one day and suddenly have perfect boundaries with everyone around you. Think of one relationship to start with and begin working on that one.
Don’t be discouraged when you’re met with pushback. It’s very normal for someone to be surprised or frustrated when you start presenting new boundaries they’re not used to. This is part of the process. Do your best to be patient and kind as people around you get used to these changes.
Be patient and kind with yourself as well. You may be tempted to feel defeated when someone crosses a boundary that you’ve put in place, but it will take time and effort to effectively set healthy personal boundaries. Not only that, but there are times when flexibility in your boundaries will be a positive thing.
Take it one step at a time, and soon you’ll enjoy stronger relationships along with less stress and more peace of mind.
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