The Importance of Creating Boundaries

What are personal boundaries and why are they so important? 

Personal boundaries are your core, personal values. What you will accept and no accept. What you are willing to do, and not willing to do.  They define who you are, and allow you to say “No”, without feeling guilty.   

They are important because they help define who you are.  Having a healthy set of boundaries will allow you to establish and maintain your own self-identity, as well as provide a strong sense of self-worth.  Having a set of well-defined personal boundaries will also allow you to go about your life confident in your own decisions. 

By not having these boundaries defined for yourself, you’re unknowingly letting other people define you. Allowing others to control you, undermining your self-trust, self-confidence and adding to your insecurities. 

Boundaries are important in every facet of life.  What I’m about to cover can be applied almost any scenario; work, family members, friends, medical professionals, sexual situations, romantic relationships and beyond.

If you already have a good set of boundaries already in place, wonderful! 

If you’re not sure, here’s a list of situations that may warrant the need to seek professional guidance on defining and upholding your own boundaries: 

  • You give more than you receive in relationships 
  • You don’t speak up when you feel unfairly treated 
  • You say yes to things you don’t want to do
  • You’re unable to say no to something you don’t want to do
  • You constantly over promise and under deliver
  • You feel guilty all the time about things you did or didn’t do
  • You feel overwhelming guilt when you say no
  • You jump into relationships and take on the identity of your partner 
  • You’re unable to define who you are
  • You get over involved with other people’s problems 
  • You’ve been called co-dependent 
  • You don’t usually ask for help 
  • You struggle with constantly disappointment 
  • You compromise your own values for others 
  • You second guess your own opinion 
  • You think you can change someone to make them happy
  • You are afraid of disagreement 
  • You ignore your own feelings or needs
  • You tolerate abuse or disrespect 
  • You inappropriately share personal information 
  • You distance yourself to avoid rejection

Examples of healthy boundaries are: 

  • Being comfortable with saying “No” 
  • Being comfortable with disagreeing 
  • Acknowledging your own feelings 
  • Knowing you’re not responsible for someone else’s feelings 
  • Reinforcing your core values 
  • Not wavering from your believes
  • Being confident in your own choices 
  • Asking for what you want and need from others 
  • Being able to express your emotions 
  • Feeling safe and respected in your relationships 

Some of us are better at enforcing these boundaries than others. It’s also ok for your own personal boundaries to differ over time and vary depending on the situation. However, it’s still important to recognize what your boundaries are, how to effectively communicate them to others, listen to your intuition, learn to say ‘No’, and to respect others boundaries as well. 

Alex Koupal is a Life Coach that focuses on women’s overall health and wellness. She specializes in non-traditional connection techniques, such as virtual or active engagement coaching, which allows her and her clients to connect faster, meet goals sooner and get more accomplished in fewer sessions.  Her holistic approach to life editing focuses on stress reduction, which has a positive impact on emotional, mental, and physical health. Her own personal journey through infertility, illness and hormone imbalance, inspired her to step away from the corporate world and shift her focus to empowering other women to live an Alimental Life.
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