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  • Writer's pictureCassi Fitch

Beginner Tips for Healthy Boundaries

Feeling drained by your relationships? Say yes often when you really mean no? Maybe you are hesitant to state what you really think or how you feel. This may indicate of a lack of healthy boundaries. Healthy boundaries are an essential part of any relationship, whether it's romantic, friendly, or professional. Boundaries are limits we set for ourselves and communicate to others about what is and isn't acceptable behavior. Setting and enforcing healthy boundaries helps to maintain a relationship's health and personal well-being.

Here are some tips on establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries in your relationships:

  1. Identify your needs and values: Before you can set healthy boundaries, it is good to contemplate what your needs and values are. Take some time to reflect on what is important to you in your relationship, and what behaviors or actions you will not tolerate. This will help you establish clear boundaries.

  2. Communicate your boundaries: Once you have identified your boundaries, it's essential to communicate them. Assertive communication includes being clear and firm, while still being respectful and considerate of another’s feelings. Use “I” statements such as “I feel” or “I need” or “I want.” It is best to communicate when both individuals are in a calm state and capable of having clear communication.

  3. Enforce your boundaries: If your partner or friend crosses a boundary, it's important to address it promptly and assertively. You can do this by calmly and respectfully reminding them of your boundaries and expressing how their behavior is impacting you.

  4. Be willing to compromise: While boundaries are crucial, it's also important to be flexible and willing to compromise. Healthy relationships require give and take, so be open to negotiation and finding a middle ground that works for both parties. Seek to understand what the other person is saying, while seeking to be understood.

Signs of healthy boundaries include being aware of your personal space, believing in your judgments and intuition, knowing when it is ok to say no, and making value-based decisions. Engaging in clear communication, assertiveness, and a willingness to compromise are some of the core aspects of boundary setting. By establishing and enforcing boundaries, you can build trust and respect with your partner or friend and ensure that your needs are being met. Remember that boundaries are a form of self-care and that it's okay to prioritize your own needs in a relationship.

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