Boundaries are vital to healthy relationships. A boundary is a rule you set or the line you draw when it comes to your interactions with others. Whether you use them with your partner, your children, family of origin, or with your boss and co-workers, it is important that they are clear and consistent. Boundaries must be set and followed through on, otherwise, people will think they can walk all over you. Our boundaries teach others how to interact with us. This week Imagine Hope will give you examples of the different types of boundaries. As you read about them, we hope you will find new ways to set boundaries with those around you. Remember if you are upset about how someone is interacting with you, it might be time to look at what your boundaries are giving them permission to do. Physical Boundaries
Physical boundaries are the literal lines we draw when it comes to our physical interaction with others. This could be about physically touching someone (a hug, hand shake, physical proximity when talking, etc), but also about the rules we have when spending time with someone (where, how long, and what to do or not do). It could be us determining if and how we will share our physical body and presence with others. A boundary might sound like, "It is not ok with me that you treat me this way", "I am not ok being around you if you are going to behave this way", or " I do not feel comfortable sitting this close." If you feel your physical boundaries have been violated, it is important for you to re-evaluate what needs to happen and communicate it to others.
Keep checking back this week to learn about emotional/ intellectual, sexual, and spiritual boundaries!
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW is a licensed virtual therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.