Setting boundaries allows us to develop and maintain healthy relationships while simultaneously caring for ourselves. They can take many forms. Boundaries can be set around our time, emotional energy, physical energy, finances, sexual or physical interactions, personal information, or possessions. They may include: saying “no” to someone close to you rather than overcommitting your time, saying “yes” to time with friends on the weekend separate from your significant other, or setting time for your parents to call you each week rather than expecting you to answer immediately.
We all experience emotions, but we don’t experience all emotions in the same way. It isn’t news that we’re each built differently, but it can still be a surprise to realize just what that can mean. Even in situations when we react with the same emotion, our own experience can be vastly different than someone else’s. For people who are more sensitive to anger, happiness, grief, anxiety, or all of the above, it can often feel isolating and as though your reactions are wrong or misunderstood.
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Torie Cueto, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #106471
5230 Carroll Canyon Road, Suite 314
San Diego, CA 92121
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