For today’s post, I’d like to focus on how to set physical boundaries for yourself and for others.
What does this mean?
This means paying attention to your personal space, privacy, and body. We do this by letting others know where our physical boundaries start and where they end.
- Do you like giving hugs or do you prefer shaking hands?
- Who gets to hug you and who gets to shake your hand?
- Do you prefer big groups or small groups?
We also have physical boundaries that need to be set in more public spaces.
- Do you like loud music? Or do you need a quieter space?
- How do you feel about spaces with locked doors?
- Do you need a private dressing area at the gym or are you okay with nudity?
All of these are worth giving some thought to. Knowing where you need to say no and where you can say yes will help you set the physical boundaries you need.
Another part of setting physical boundaries is focusing on how much your own body can do. It’s important for us to listen to our bodies and not push them to exhaustion. It’s also really important for us to take our time when dealing with physical injuries or healing from illness/surgery. We often push ourselves physically past what we should be doing to maintain a standard that we have set for ourselves. This can not only be damaging for our bodies but also could lead to life-long issues.
I encourage you to take some time this week to really focus on your physical boundaries, especially as the holidays and family time are approaching.
This week I have a different type of yoga practice for you. Take a seat and enjoy some chair yoga.
“Compassionate people ask for what they need. They say no when they need to, and when they say yes, they mean it. They’re compassionate because their boundaries keep them out of resentment.”
― Brené Brown, Rising Strong
Keep living your truth,