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  • Writer's pictureDezerrae Sanchez

Boundaries: Protecting Your Well-Being and Nurturing Healthy Relationships

The weekend is upon us once again. I wanted to briefly touch base on a topic that can be very relevant to this weekend if you are celebrating the holiday. These tips can also be helpful in any other situation in which you may find yourself needing to set some boundaries with others in your life.

Setting boundaries on holidays with family, friends, or anyone in our lives can be challenging, but it's important to prioritize your own needs and well-being. Here are some tips that may help:

Communicate your needs: Let your family know in advance what your boundaries are and why they are important to you. This can help avoid misunderstandings and hurt feelings later on.

Be specific: Be clear about what you are and aren't comfortable with. For example, if you don't want to discuss certain topics or participate in certain activities, let your family know.

Be firm but kind: Setting boundaries can be challenging, but it's crucial to be firm but kind. You can say something like, "I'm sorry, but I won't be able to attend this event because it conflicts with my plans," or "I need to take some time for myself today, so I won't be able to join in the activity."

Stick to your boundaries: Once you've set your boundaries, it's important to stick to them. This can be difficult, especially if your family members are used to a certain dynamic, but it's important to be firm in your boundaries.

Offer alternative options: If you're declining an invitation or activity, suggest an alternative option that aligns with your boundaries. For example, you could suggest an alternative time or activity that works for you. For example, I would love to stop by, but I am only available for 2 hours.

Be prepared for resistance: Your family members may not initially respect your boundaries, but it's essential to stand your ground. Remember, you're not responsible for their reactions, but you are responsible for your own wellbeing.

Take breaks: It's okay to take breaks during family gatherings if you need time to recharge or decompress. Excuse yourself and go for a walk or take a nap if you need to.

Remember, setting boundaries is not about being rude or selfish. It's about taking care of yourself and your well-being, which ultimately benefits everyone.

What is one way that you hope to set a boundary this week?

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