Setting boundaries can help improve many aspects of your life. Setting boundaries at work, in your social circles and in intimate relationships can help you maintain a happy lifestyle. Boundaries can help us recognise our self-worth and the value you place on things in your life. Setting boundaries can be difficult, however, they are crucial to decreasing conflict, stress and worry.
Our head psychologist, Mary Magalotti explains how you can set and maintain healthy personal boundaries.
Become aware of how you are feeling: Knowing what you are feeling in certain situations can help you identify when a boundary needs to be set. If a certain person or situation is creating feelings of stress, worry or a sense of unease, it is time to assess what boundaries need to be put in place.
Define and clearly state your boundary: Setting a boundary can be approached like a rule. You want it to be clear, accurate, defined and expressed to those who it affects. Expressing how you feel and using ‘I’ statements can help others understand your boundary and why it is being set.
Prioritise yourself: Putting yourself as a priority is a type of self-care. Being about to change or remove yourself from a situation that is causing you distress is self-care. Remember setting boundaries are a form of self-care.
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If you’re struggling with setting boundaries, and it’s impacting your mental health, the Life Resolutions team encourage you to reach out today and seek support. Jodie Brenton and Mary Magalotti encourage you to set boundaries to improve your mental wellbeing.