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Monday Motivation – Setting Boundaries

What is your view on setting boundaries?  Do you see them as rules we set for our children, or our animals? Have you ever thought about setting boundaries for yourself? You may find it very helpful and a way to clarify and prioritise what is important for you. These rules, or boundaries as I prefer to call them, can be about areas of behaviour. Or about interaction with others.  Or even about looking after and protecting yourself.

Here are my top tips:

  1. Decide for yourself what is most important to you. Listen to what your heart is telling you, rather than your sense of duty. What do you need to focus on?
  2. Look after yourself first. If you don’t put yourself first, this won’t work! Focus on areas of your life such as your relaxation, your eating patterns, your movements and your sleep. Dr Rangan Chatterjee explores this in a lot more depth in his great book, The Four Pillar Plan.
  3. Work on your connections and relationships with others.  Focus on the people that are important  in  your life. Explore your relationship with them, and look at ways to improve it.
  4. Look at your personal duties and responsibilities, and know the difference between the two. What is important to you?  Make sure you prioritise.
  5. List down all of the above, when you see it written down you will find it helps to clarify what stands out for you.

Give it a go, and see how you get on. I will explore boundaries in more detail next week.

What about you? Do you set yourself boundaries? I hope you find these tips helpful. It would be good to hear what you think about my ideas, and anything else you have come up with. Tell me what you think by posting your comments below. Why don’t you Share this with your friends and family by clicking the Facebook icon or following us on Twitter?

About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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