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  • Writer's pictureAngela


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As a mental health therapist, I often hear from clients about the struggles they face in setting and holding boundaries in their relationships. Boundaries are the limits we set for ourselves in order to maintain our emotional, mental, and physical well-being. When we don't identify, communicate, and hold boundaries, we can end up feeling resentment, frustration, or burnout.

Here are some tips for setting and holding boundaries in your relationships:

  1. Understand your limits: Take time to think about what your emotional and physical limits are in your relationships. This can include things like how much time you need alone, what topics you don't want to discuss, or what behaviors you won't tolerate. These limits are your boundaries, and they protect your values or what you find important for yourself.

  2. Communicate your boundaries: Once you've identified your limits, it's important to communicate them clearly. This can be done in a calm and assertive manner, such as saying "I need some alone time right now" or "I don't feel comfortable discussing that topic."

  3. Stick to your boundaries: It's important to hold firm to your boundaries, even when it's difficult. This can mean saying "no" to things that don't align with your boundaries or removing yourself from situations that make you uncomfortable.

  4. Practice self-care: Setting and holding boundaries can be challenging, so it's important to practice self-care in order to maintain your emotional and physical well-being. Self-care can include things like exercise, meditation, spending time with supportive friends and family, or spending time alone to recharge your battery.

Remember, setting and holding boundaries is an important part of maintaining healthy relationships. It's okay to prioritize your own well-being and to communicate your needs to the people in your life. By doing so, you'll be able to build stronger, more fulfilling relationships.

If you would like help exploring or maintaining your boundaries, please reach out! You can book an initial phone consultation here or call (859) 334-0513.


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