Setting Healthy Boundaries for Self-Care

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Tips for People Pleasers

Are you a people pleaser who often puts others’ needs before your own? It’s essential to learn how to set boundaries for your well-being. Here are seven practical strategies to help you prioritize self-care and maintain healthier relationships.

  1. Self-Reflection
    Take time to understand your boundaries.
    Reflect on your needs and limits.
    Recognize that setting boundaries is a form of self-care.
  2. Identify your priorities
    Determine your core values and what matters most to you.
    Use these priorities to guide your boundary-setting decisions.
    Remember, it’s okay to say “no” when something conflicts with your values.
  3. Practice Assertiveness
    Communicate your boundaries in a calm and clear manner.
    Use “I” statements to express your feelings and needs.
    Be direct but respectful when stating your limits.
  4. Learn to say no
    It’s okay to decline requests or opportunities.
    Saying “no” is not a rejection of others but a protection of yourself.
    Provide brief and polite explanations when needed.
  5. Set consequences!
    Be prepared to enforce your boundaries.
    Communicate consequences if your boundaries are not respected.
    Stick to the consequences when necessary, maintaining your self-respect.
  6. Seek Support
    Share your boundary-setting journey with a trusted friend or therapist.
    Ask for guidance and encouragement when faced with challenges.
    Surround yourself with people who respect your boundaries.
  7. Self-care rituals
    Prioritize self-care practices to recharge and nurture yourself.
    Engage in activities that bring joy, relaxation, and peace.
    Self-care is an essential part of maintaining boundaries and emotional well-being.

Setting boundaries is a powerful tool for maintaining healthy relationships and protecting your emotional well-being. As a people pleaser, you can learn to balance your desire to make others happy with the need to care for yourself. Remember that it’s a process, and with practice, you can master the art of setting boundaries that benefit both you and those you care about.

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Shelley Jacks

Shelley has been a psychologist for many years and was employed for ten years by Queensland Corrective Services. She has provided treatment and assessment to the highest risk prisoners in Queensland and has experience treating men and women in prison, many of whom had a mental health condition or a cognitive disability. Shelley has also worked as a psychologist for Queensland Health working in the Acute Young Adult Ward at Robina hospital and at the Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation unit at the Gold Coast Hospital. For the past seven years Shelley has been running her own psychology private practice and won a tender to Queensland Corrective Services. She has treated clients with many different mental health conditions including ASD and Intellectual Disability. Over this time Shelley has provided a number of assessments, as a psychologist, for clients which have enabled them to access NDIS funding which has improved their lives immensely. Her interest, over time, in the NDIS grew and she researched this service, its processes and what it was offering to clients in great detail. Shelley’s awareness of the support NDIS was able to offer clients and the enormous benefits it could bring to their lives led her to create Magnus Heath. A business where she could, along with a great team, significantly improve the lives of people living with a disability.

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