It’s in my nature to want to help others. In the past, I’ve struggled with setting proper boundaries so that I wouldn’t get caught up in others’ storms.
Lord knows there have been times I’ve taken on others stress and pain and have been left feeling drained and depleted. The worse part was I wasn’t often treated with the same respect and attention I was giving out.
It’s so much more fulfilling now to bring people into my peace.
The first step, is owning how you’re feeling and sharing that with those you’re interacting with. If you’ve reached your limit, it’s important to share that.
Setting boundaries doesn’t mean you love others a little less but it definitely shows how much you love and cherish your peace.
By honoring your peace you let others know how much you will deal with.
It can be a matter of saying, “This whole interaction is making me anxious. I can’t do this.”
Or perhaps, “Your actions have really upset me, I need some space.”
I’ve found myself saying, “This is a situation I can’t handle being involved in.”
Unfortunately, there are situations where it may be necessary to just walk away. This can be extremely tough.
We need to own our feelings and share them clearly so people know what we can handle.
It allows people the opportunity to know how to best navigate you. How to honor and respect you the way you want.
If someone struggles with honoring your feelings and boundaries, it could signify a good time to reevaluate their position in your life.