Strengthen your boundaries and attract healthy people
Do you find yourself surrounded by needy or disrespectful people?
Are you constantly putting out fires?
Do you feel drained and exhausted?
If so, you might be suffering from weak personal boundaries.
So what is a boundary?
A “boundary” is another word for limit. A personal boundary is a limit you can set on what you will accept of another person’s words or actions.
Boundaries protect the self. Often they are described as imaginary lines around the self to define the area that is needed to fully express oneself. Boundaries help us define who we are and who we are not.
“Boundaries bring order to our lives,” Ann Katherine writes in her book Boundaries: Where You End and I Begin. “As we learn to strengthen our boundaries, we gain a clearer sense of ourselves and our relationship to others. Boundaries empower us to determine how we’ll be treated by others. With good boundaries, we can have the wonderful assurance that comes from knowing we can and will protect ourselves from the ignorance, meanness, or thoughtlessness of others.”
“Healthy boundaries protect without isolating, contain without imprisoning, and preserve identity while permitting external connections. Good boundaries make good neighbors.”
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