How can you participate in family or friend traditions while also respecting your boundaries?
It’s hard work to acknowledge and put in place the boundaries you need to be your best and healthiest self. And once you identify and establish your boundaries, it takes even more work to enforce them. This enforcement can be especially challenging when you’re put in situations with people who have disrespected your boundaries in the past, don’t care about other people’s boundaries, or are the reason you’ve created new guardrails in the first place.
Having boundaries doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the traditions you share with your family or friends, however. As we head into the start of the holiday season, let’s brainstorm ways we can participate in our treasured traditions while also maintaining the boundaries we’ve worked so hard to establish.
Maybe you can help someone or learn something along the way!