Setting boundaries can be difficult, but it’s important to stand up for yourself. Remember, you are only responsible for communicating your boundary in a respectful manner. If others become upset, know that it is their problem, not yours. It’s common for some people to test you, especially if they’re used to controlling or manipulating you. Plan for it, expect it, but remain firm. And most importantly, make sure your actions match the boundaries you’re setting. Sending mixed messages by apologising can undermine the boundary you’re trying to establish. Stay strong and stay true to yourself.
When it comes to setting personal selfcare boundaries communication is key. Therefore, do it clearly, calmly, firmly, and respectfully. Keep it brief, in as few words as possible, and don’t apologise or justify your decision. Remember, it’s your right to prioritise your own wellbeing.
At first you may feel selfish, guilty, or embarrassed when you set a boundary. Do it anyway and remind yourself that you have a right to selfcare and need to take care of yourself first before you can be truly happy. Setting boundaries takes practice and determination. Don’t let anxiety, fear or guilt prevent you from taking care of yourself.
Be like “an elephant who never forgets”, remembering that setting and maintaining healthy boundaries is an ongoing process. It requires self-awareness, self-compassion, and the willingness to adapt as your needs and circumstances change. Consistently practicing these strategies will help you establish and maintain boundaries that promote your overall wellbeing, your relationship with yourself and the health of your relationships with others.
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