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Types of Boundaries

Healthy boundaries are necessary components for self-care. Without boundaries, we feel depleted, taken advantage of, taken for granted, or intruded upon. Whether it‚ in work or our personal relationships, poor boundaries may lead to resentment, hurt, anger, and burnout.

Boundaries help us take care of ourselves by permitting us to say NO to things, to not take everything on. Boundaries draw a clear line around what is ok for us and what is not. While some behaviours clearly cross the line for almost anyone, we all have different comfort levels when it comes to everything from intimacy and privacy to lateness. When someone behaves in a way that doesn’t feel ok to us‚ that crosses our line, we need to take care of ourselves by letting them know and making that line much clearer.

Physical: with whom and in what ways you are willing to have contact, as well as the closeness of contact.

Mental and spiritual: what opinions and preferences you have, and what you believe in.

Emotional: how open you are willing to be about what you think and feel Sharing: what you are willing to give or share (time, energy, things, resources)