Do you have a hard time standing up for yourself? Do you keep agreeing to do things that you really don’t want to do? Do you tolerate rude comments or pushy people because you can’t handle conflict? Do you take things personally?
Boundary setting is an important, albeit difficult, part of self-care when a loved one is living with a mental illness. This may be harder and more complex for some than others.
By setting boundaries, you are taking responsibility for how others treat you and your own needs seriously.
Boundary violations of any sort tend to cause relationship problems.
When one partner’s actions cause another to feel belittled, unimportant or abused, then that other partner is faced with the task of learning how to defend themselves.
The first step in learning to set boundaries is self-awareness. For example, pay close attention to the situations when you lose energy, feel a knot in your stomach, or want to cry. Identifying where you need more space, self-respect, energy or personal power is the first step.
Join us on this episode as Jake guides us through the importance of boundaries within our lives and relationships.
We can really think of setting boundaries as fortifying our relationships with others rather than building walls to keep people out. But boundaries do another important thing for us. They can clue us in to behavior that might be harmful. Think about the front door to your home or apartment. If someone breaks it down, you know there’s a problem.
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