4.1 Boundaries 101

In the midst of all the changes in your life as a suicide caregiver, learning to set boundaries for yourself can help establish a new normal.

Boundary
noun  | bound-ary  | \ ˈbaun-d(ə-)rē \
A limit set to maintain balance and comfort in your life  

  • Physical: Limit for space - determining what is your personal space vs. another person’s space

  • Emotional: Separating your feelings - determining how you feel and what you need vs. the feelings and needs of others

  • Social: Expectations set for your relationships - establishing what you need and what you’re willing to give in a relationship vs. what the other person needs and expects

Boundaries are unique as they are determined by how you were raised, your cultural beliefs and your past experiences. They can change based on the situation and who is involved.

Think about a hug. Does it make you feel cared for and loved? Or does it feel uncomfortable and awkward? Maybe it depends on the situation and the relationship you have with the person.

How do you tell someone you don’t want them to hug you? It’s a tricky conversation to have but communicating what your boundaries are openly helps you maintain a healthy and sustainable relationship.


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