3 Tips for Setting Boundaries for Your Mental Health

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3 Tips for Setting Boundaries for Your Mental Health

Setting boundaries is vital for your mental health. A boundary is a division between you, your sense of self, and others in your world. Without boundaries, you can quickly become overstimulated and overwhelmed by the opinions of others.  

When you don’t establish boundaries, people can swoop in and take over, manipulating you and influencing you in unwelcome ways. Boundaries are necessary for healthy relationships, mental health, and life satisfaction and happiness.

Creating and maintaining boundaries for your mental health and sense of self isn’t easy, especially if you’ve never been taught how to do it. These tips will help you set and maintain boundaries:

  • Know your own needs. What will help you be mentally healthy right now? Return to this question often, for the answer will fluctuate.  
  • Learn how to listen closely to what others say, and ask the same in return. Open communication is an effective way to establish needs and then make action plans to respect those needs with boundaries.
  • Imagine someone you care about. How do you want him or her to be treated? How would you help her set boundaries for herself? Now put yourself in her place and treat yourself accordingly.

Setting boundaries isn’t always easy but practicing these steps will help you stand up for yourself and your mental health.

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Peterson, T. (2018, July 2). 3 Tips for Setting Boundaries for Your Mental Health, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 16 from

Last Updated: July 3, 2018

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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