Self-awareness is a key in establishing healthy boundaries, as we need to recognize the separation between our thoughts and feelings and the thoughts and feelings of others. Be mindful of the interactions you have with others and develop an awareness of the way you handle those interactions

How you treat yourself reflects in in the standards you set yourself.

If you don’t respect yourself, how can you expect others to? Do you find people repeatedly taking advantage of you or people who drain your energy? If so, it is time to take a good look at what kind of messages you are sending out to the world. We allow people to treat us to the level of acceptance we have set for ourselves.

With boundaries, you live your life. With no boundaries, you live the life others expect from you.

The consequences of not having healthy boundaries damage relationships, what matters to us gets pushed aside and risk of burnout can develop.

Becoming better at setting emotional boundaries both personal and professional will create more success in your life.

1. Get clear on what your needs are. What do you want and what do you not want.

2. Identify what your limits

3. Get in touch with your feelings

4. Communicate your feelings

5. Give yourself permission - stop feeling guilty for being yourself!

A large amount of how we learn to be treated is developed when we are children. Consider your past and your future. How you were raised and what kinds of messages you were taught or given concerning the concept of giving and take? Having the awareness in your history can help deepen your understanding of what struggles you are encountering in forming healthy boundaries in your current situation. Remember, that your not alone, many people struggle with their boundary settings.

It takes courage to develop healthy emotional boundaries.

Boundaries need to be learned and are not an overnight process but they are essential for your positive mental health.