Have you consciously set boundaries in your relationships?  

It’s an important topic for everyone to consider. However, it’s especially important if you’re a highly sensitive empath. Boundaries help you get clear on how you want to and do not want to be treated. It’s also a great way to show yourself some love and self-respect.

Boundaries are about making a conscious choice to not take on someone else’s energy. You will still feel the other person’s energy, but when you set a conscious boundary, you are not allowing their energy to stick inside of you and consume you. You become in charge of your feelings, attitude, and energy.

Here are 3 ways to help you begin to set healthy boundaries for yourself:

  • It is okay to politely say ‘no’ without feeling guilty or like you need to give someone a lengthy explanation. You get to decide who you’ll interact with and when to interact with them. You don’t need to be readily available 100% of the time when someone reaches out.
  • Practice listening and empathizing – without jumping in to fix, save, or help. It can be difficult as an empath to take a step back and only listen. However, many times it’s enough for someone to be seen and heard – without trying to fix them.
  • Find time to be alone. During this time when no one is around and you are not absorbing or taking on anyone else’s energy – practice clearing and cleansing your energy, so you can tune into what your energy feels like.

At first, setting boundaries may feel uncomfortable, but as you practice it will get easier and the discomfort will lessen. When you learn to separate what energy is yours and what’s not yours, you’ll reconnect with your intuition and your inner knowing. You will learn to trust yourself and how you feel.

Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others.
~ Brene Brown