Do you feel safe in your relationships? Do you feel respected?

If you have concerns, here are some things to think about…

Setting boundaries is essential to be both physically and emotionally healthy.

By recognizing the need to set and enforce limits, you protect your self-esteem, maintain self-respect, and build healthy relationships.

Unhealthy boundaries can cause us to make decisions about physical intimacy that we may later regret, which can also lead to emotional pain, depression, anxiety, and stress-induced illnesses. A lack of boundaries is like leaving the door to your home unlocked: anyone, including uninvited guests, can enter at will.

The easiest way to think about a boundary is a personal property line. We have all seen “No Trespassing” signs, which send a clear message that if you violate that boundary, there will be a consequence. This type of boundary is easy to picture and understand because you can see the sign and the border it protects. Personal boundaries can be harder to define because the lines are invisible and are unique to each individual, but are nonetheless vitally important.

Setting personal boundaries demonstrates your understanding of your own personal value to others and communicates to others you are worth respecting. Have you stopped to think about your own personal boundaries?