Lifestyle | Self Help

Healthy Boundaries

INTRODUCTION

In order to protect their property, homeowners put up fences. This often discourages intruders from entering or destroying the land and home. Since this practice is seen in all cultures and histories, fencing your property is a great way to ensure that people don’t damage or intrude on your home. 

If you are willing to protect your physical property by putting up fences, why are you not willing to put up boundaries to protect yourself? Boundaries are invisible fences for your emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing. If you do not set up boundaries, people can easily infringe on your rights and make you feel disrespected. 

Unfortunately, many people are clueless about how to set up boundaries and feel that setting boundaries makes them a bad person. This could not be further from the truth. In contrast, setting boundaries allows you to be better respected and creates healthier and happier relationships with those around you. 

In this guide, we’re going to look at the key factors for setting healthy boundaries. We begin by defining boundaries and learning how to set them. Then, we look at boundaries within your dating life, family, work, and yourself. After that, we address people who resist your boundaries and learn how to measure the success of your boundaries. 

Let’s get started. 

DEFINING BOUNDARIES 

Boundaries are imaginary lines that separate your physical space, feelings, needs, and responsibilities from others. These boundaries let other people know your expectations for how they should treat you. Without boundaries, people may take advantage of you or make you feel badly or uncomfortably. 

Many people find setting boundaries to be difficult. The reason for this is that for the boundary to work, you must be willing to tell someone who has crossed a boundary that they are in the wrong. In other words, you must be able to stand up for yourself and confront another person. 

Boundaries are imperative to having healthy relationships that are beneficial to both you and the other person. If you do not set and enforce your own boundaries, people may not know how to treat you. This is no fault of their own. If you do not tell others your boundaries, they will not be able to respect them. So, it is your responsibility to set and enforce your boundaries.  

Why Do I Need Boundaries? 

Boundaries are key to having happy and successful relationships with other people. There are several reasons why you need boundaries. Here are the most important: 

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