The Boundary Series: Part 1





a line that marks the limits of an area; a dividing line.

The next couple of blog posts are going to explore the idea of boundaries and setting them. These can be hard to set and take persistence, patience and follow-through. 

This week we are focusing on: Setting Physical Boundaries

Setting physical boundaries can be an attainable way to create space between yourself and whomever. Taking physical space is a practical way to send a message that you have had enough, and are taking care of yourself.  

Here are 4 ways that you can set physical boundaries:

  1. Leave the room: If you can physically leave the situation fully without it complicating the dynamics, we would recommend respectfully removing yourself.  
  2. Take a break: If this is a meeting at work, taking a washroom break or a water break can be a great time to reset. If you are in a social situation and can leave, definitely do that. 
  3. Get some fresh air: Stepping outside for fresh air can be helpful. The change in environment and fresh air may help shift your perspective or be grounding for you to go back into the environment that too a break from.
  4. Create a physical barrier:  If you cannot physically leave the space, we would recommend creating a barrier between yourself and the person you are needing the boundary from. This can be a boardroom table or a coffee table. Sometimes physical distance can be powerful. 

We recognize that it is not always easy to set a physical boundary and there are a lot of dynamics at play. Are there other ways that you create physical boundaries? Let us know by commenting below.

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