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Boundaries: A Practice

Boundaries aren't about getting other people to treat you better. Boundaries are about getting YOURSELF to treat you better.
Boundaries: A Practice
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Boundaries are scary, aren't they?

"What if I hurt their feelings/upset them?"

"I don't want to be mean."

"I can't. They always do XYZ for me so I have to do ABC for them."

"What if they leave?"

"I don't want to be a selfish person."

Committing to boundaries seems great, in theory. The empowerment. The self-love. The ability to have healthier relationships where you feel respected and valued. Including (and most importantly) the relationship you have with yourself.

In practice, boundaries can be a different story though, can't they? They can be scary, difficult, painful, exhausting, and even dangerous depending on the situation you're in.

But learning to establish & honor your boundaries - like anything else - is a skill.

And the way to handle any skill is to develop a practice of that skill so that it strengthens over time.

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