If there’s one thing many people struggle with, it’s setting boundaries. Some people are afraid to lose people if they set boundaries, so they don’t. Others don’t even know what boundaries to set or how to approach the process.
The answer is self-love. Self-love helps you develop a strong sense of self-esteem and that, in turn, enables you to define your needs and confidently set boundaries.
In more detail, let’s look at the connection between practicing self-love and strong boundary setting.
The Connection Between Authentic Self-Love and Strong Boundary Setting
The connection between authentic self-love and strong boundary setting is clear. When you deeply love yourself, high self-esteem and confidence follow. It’s much easier to set boundaries and say no to what you don’t want when you foster the above.
Self-love empowers you to be yourself and only engage with people who appreciate your authentic self and want you to live happily. You also won’t be stopped by the fear of losing people when you set boundaries.
The thing is, developing authentic self-love and esteem is challenging. From negative self-talk to unsupportive people around you to trauma, many issues affect your ability to grow genuine self-esteem and love for yourself. And that leads to poor boundary setting.
We encourage you to face all the challenges to developing authentic self-love so that you can enjoy all that loving yourself fully has to offer, including strong boundary setting.
What Authentic Self-Love Looks Like
As we see above, self-love is the key to setting strong boundaries. But what does authentic self-love look like? Keep reading for examples of self-love and tips for making these examples your reality.
Nurture your mental and physical wellness
One of the most notable acts of self-love is nurturing your mental and physical health. Aside from the physical benefits, exercising daily fuels good mental health and emotional wellness. In addition, physical activity helps you manage stress and think clearly.
A clear mind, emotional stability, and physical wellness allow you to love yourself better. So, carve out time to exercise every day. You’d be surprised at what a short walk can do for your mind and body. It’s also essential to take time to relax and reset each week.
When you care for your mental and physical wellness, self-esteem follows. And that, in turn, makes it easier to set firm boundaries.
Pursue the things you love
If you want to be intentional about developing self-love, pursue the things you love. Going full force after what you love will help you feel better about who you are and what you have to offer. In addition, it enables you to find your purpose in life, which inspires even more admiration of yourself.
Make it a point to do something you love every day. Think about small gestures, like making yourself a healthy breakfast, and big passions like hiking or starting a business.
Pursue the things you love, and you’ll learn to love yourself genuinely.
Set meaningful boundaries
You may not be comfortable setting boundaries yet, but doing so will help you develop authentic self-love. When you set meaningful boundaries, you honor who you are and what you want from life and your relationships.
Self-love and setting boundaries feed off of one another. The better you get at setting boundaries, the more self-love you accumulate. And the more self-love you have, the easier setting boundaries gets.
First, define your needs, values, and goals. Then, document what you want people to stop saying to you, doing around you, and doing to you. Once you have these things hammered down, you can set boundaries that allow you to live by them. Be consistent with your boundaries and stand firm on them no matter how others around you react to the change.
Authentic self-love and boundary setting have a unique relationship. They need each other to thrive. When you love yourself, setting boundaries that honor you and what you want out of life and relationships is easier.
So, implement the examples of self-love above to boost your self-esteem and ease the process of setting firm boundaries.