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5 Reasons to Enforce Boundaries for Yourself

Creating, maintaining, and enforcing boundaries can be a struggle for a lot of people. I’ve suffered from not being able to have boundaries with people, and it wasn’t until recently that I realize that despite how hard it is for me, the alternative to not creating boundaries is way worse then the hardships I experience trying to create them.

Here are five emotions that can occur when you lack the ability to create boundaries for yourself:

  1. Anxiety – Why do I allow anxiety to keep me from setting limits?
  2. Agitation – Why do I feel agitated when you are the one causing the stress?
  3. Guilt – Why do I feel guilty when I haven’t done anything wrong?
  4. Shame – Why do I feel bad when you are the one pushing my limits?
  5. Insomnia – Why do I allow it to get so bad that I can’t even get proper sleep?

These are just a handful of emotions I face when I am caught in a situation that requires me to impose boundaries, and I am not able to do it.  However, when I write these boundary buzz words it helps me enforce boundaries when usually I’ll just deal with the emotions.

Next time you experience one or more of these emotions, as a result of not enforcing boundaries for yourself, ask yourself these questions. They might help you start creating boundaries that are long over due, and that you deserve.

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5 Reasons to Enforce Boundaries for Yourself

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane, Screaming at the Void, What Men Should Know About Women, What Women Should Know About Men, Diamonds From The Rough and Undressed.


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Loberg, E. (2017). 5 Reasons to Enforce Boundaries for Yourself. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 17, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2017/11/06/5-reasons-to-enforce-boundaries-for-yourself/

 

Last updated: 7 Nov 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 7 Nov 2017
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