With more holiday events approaching, it’s important to think about our own personal boundaries and how to best express them to others.
- Establish your boundaries – Ask yourself what you are comfortable with and what you are not comfortable with. Take note of how you feel.
- Communicate – Communicate your boundaries to friends and family clearly and honestly. Not everyone will understand or agree with your decisions, and that’s okay. Be your own advocate.
- Respect others’ boundaries – Make sure you also take time to listen to your friends’ and family’s boundaries as well. What can you do to respect these boundaries and make them more comfortable?
- Having an ally helps – Partner, friend, sibling? Having someone who has your back and will help you maintain your boundaries during the holidays is extremely helpful.