Setting Boundaries

Although extended family has not crossed my boundaries in some time (knock on wood), I think it’s a good time to reflect back on my post in May 2022.  Since then I have identified what brings me happiness (for now), acknowledged my most important roles and defined my core values.  Not only does this roll into making better decisions, it can help me better define my boundaries.

To serve as a reminder of Rachel Wright’s article, below is the 3-step process to set healthy boundaries:

  1. Acknowledge:  Acknowledge the request (I would love for you to stop by today)
  2. Explain:  Explain how you feel (but I’m mentally overwhelmed and need quiet time.)
  3. Offer:  This is where you state your boundary (Can I call you tomorrow.   Hopefully, I’ll be in a better frame of mind.)

And if forced to provide a reason, I’ll remember to rely on my default response, “I’m taking a mental health break.” 

How to Set Boundaries with Anyone In Your Life
Adult ADHD…Is that Me

Weeks of life left:  1,165

Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay 

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8 thoughts on “Setting Boundaries

  1. Thank you for this post. In the past two months two friends (that don’t know each other) have refused an offer for me to come visit or meet for coffee. It hurt my feelings some I must admit because both are struggling with illnesses and isolation and I just wanted to help. Your post helped me see things from their perspective and I appreciate that view. Thank you.

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