Create Space by Setting Boundaries

Setting boundaries is protecting yourself from others so that you can take
care of yourself

Learning to set boundaries and addressing over-commitment requires valuing yourself and realising how important you are. It involves recognising how important your mental and physical health is to your long term happiness and using this motivator to create space between yourself and people or circumstances that are demanding, interrupting, crush your self esteem or suck the life out of you.

In order to reverse over-commitment, start by focusing on your internal happiness by exploring what is important in your life.

Perhaps what is important to you is getting back to nature, valuing your surroundings, spending time with your family, working on your health or spending time alone. You might identify that to be happy you would like to take time to cook healthier meals, attend a yoga class, meditate daily, and get sufficient rest and relaxation.

Home work for today

Make a list of what is “important” to attaining and maintaining your mental and physical well being

Make a list of the people or commitments that stop you from doing what is “important” to you.

Look at how you can set boundaries with these people or commitments to create more space for what is important into your life.

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5 Responses to Create Space by Setting Boundaries

  1. katrina says:

    Setting boundaries is so important…I live 50km away from the city and used to find that when I mentioned that i was going there I would get so many people ask me to collect things, drop stuff off etc etc then i would find that on top of my stuff that I had to do i would be driving all over the place doing stuff for others and never get time to relax and have a coffee or lunch because i was too busy….i learnt that i needed to make that time my own…i needed that time away to unwind over a long lunch with a book and just relax….i now don’t tell people when i’m going anymore….it makes it so much easier

    • tracey says:

      Hi Katrina, well done. It is having the awareness and then making the conscious decision to do things differently that makes all the difference.

  2. Amanda says:

    Don’t you love how such simple things as setting boundaries has such a profound effect.

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