Wellness #13/52 Weeks of Wellbeing: Is Setting Boundaries Selfish?


Setting Boundaries – Selfish or Selfcare?

This is a tough subject for some people to read, so I’ll be empathetic yet firm.

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Setting personal boundaries. You may struggle with the debate of, “Is it selfish or is it self-care?”

Well, buckle up because we’re diving deep into this topic to understand why setting boundaries is absolutely crucial for your well-being and daily happiness.

First off, let’s get this straight: setting boundaries is not selfish. Repeat after me: setting boundaries is NOT selfish.

In fact, it’s one of the most self-loving things you can do for yourself. Here’s why:

Protect Your Energy:

Picture this: you’re a beautiful garden, and your energy is like precious water that nourishes your flowers (aka your well-being). Now, imagine someone comes along with a leaky bucket, draining your water faster than you can replenish it. That’s what happens when you don’t set boundaries. By establishing clear limits on what you will and won’t tolerate, you protect your energy and ensure it’s used for things that truly matter to you.

Maintain Healthy Relationships:

Boundaries are like the fences around your garden. They define where you end and others begin. Healthy boundaries help you establish mutually respectful relationships. When you communicate your needs and limits effectively, you create a space where both parties feel understood and valued. Remember, it’s okay to say no or express your discomfort if something doesn’t align with your values or makes you feel uncomfortable.

Preserve Your Peace of Mind:

Ever feel overwhelmed or drained after saying yes to something you didn’t want to do? That’s a clear sign you’ve crossed your own boundaries. Setting and honoring your boundaries allows you to stay true to yourself and your priorities. It frees you from the guilt or resentment that often comes from overcommitting or people-pleasing. Remember, your peace of mind is priceless, so protect it like the precious gem it is.

Boost Your Confidence:

When you assert your boundaries, you send a powerful message to yourself and others that your needs matter. This builds self-respect and boosts your confidence. You’ll find yourself standing taller, speaking up more assertively, and attracting people who appreciate and respect your limits. Confidence is magnetic, my friend, and setting boundaries is a surefire way to cultivate it.

Empower Your Authenticity:

Your boundaries reflect your values, desires, and limits. By honoring them, you honor yourself. You give yourself permission to show up authentically in the world, unapologetically embracing who you are. Remember, you are worthy of love, respect, and acceptance exactly as you are. Setting boundaries is a powerful act of self-love and self-acceptance.

Now, let’s talk implementation. Here are three practical methods to help you set and maintain healthy boundaries:

  1. Communicate Clearly: Practice assertive communication by expressing your needs, feelings, and limits with clarity and compassion. Use “I” statements to express how certain behaviors impact you and what you need to feel respected and supported.
  2. Practice Self-Awareness: Tune into your feelings and intuition. Notice when you feel uncomfortable or resentful in certain situations. These are signs that your limits have been crossed. Trust yourself and take action to address the situation accordingly.
  3. Learn to Say No: Saying no is a complete sentence. Repeat after me: “No, thank you.” You don’t owe anyone an explanation or justification for setting limits. Remember, you’re not responsible for managing other people’s reactions to your boundaries. Stay firm and prioritize your well-being.
“As you grow in self-awareness, you’ll discover your boundaries are yours to draw.” – Anna Taylor

Remember, my friend, setting boundaries is an act of self-love, not selfishness.

Embrace it, honor it, and watch how it transforms your life for the better.

Keep it simple & sustainable

David – Play|Explore|Perform

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