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  • Writer's pictureAgnes wohl

Emotional Boundaries

Updated: Jul 5, 2023


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Emotional boundaries are the limits we set for ourselves to protect our emotional well-being. They help us decide what we are willing to share with others, and what we are not. They also help us to say no to requests that we do not want to fulfill and to set limits on the amount of time and energy we are willing to give to others.

Here are some tips for learning good emotional boundaries:

  1. Identify your needs and wants. The first step to setting good emotional boundaries is to identify your needs and wants. What do you need from others in order to feel happy, healthy, and supported? What do you want from others in terms of their behavior and treatment of you?

  2. Communicate your needs and wants to others. Once you know what you need and want, it is important to communicate this to others. This can be done in a direct and assertive way, without being aggressive or blaming. For example, you might say something like, "I need some time to myself right now," or "I would appreciate it if you didn't talk about that topic with me."

  3. Be willing to say no. It is important to be willing to say no to requests that you do not want to fulfill. This can be difficult, especially if you are used to putting the needs of others before your own. However, it is important to remember that you have the right to say no, and that you are not obligated to do anything that you do not want to do.

  4. Set limits on your time and energy. It is also important to set limits on the amount of time and energy you are willing to give to others. This means learning to say no to requests that will take up too much of your time or energy, and learning to prioritize your own needs.

  5. Take care of yourself. Finally, it is important to take care of yourself emotionally. This means getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and engaging in activities that you enjoy. When you take care of yourself, you are better able to set and maintain good emotional boundaries.

Learning good emotional boundaries can be a challenge, but it is an important skill for maintaining your emotional well-being. If you are struggling to set boundaries, there are resources available to help you. You can talk to a therapist or counselor, or you can join a support group.

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