Setting Healthy Boundaries

Protect your peace this Holiday season and beyond.

Article by Krissy Nevero | December 6, 2022

You’ve likely heard of the importance of having healthy boundaries, but what does that actually mean? Boundaries can be defined as limits you identify for yourself and apply through action or communication to protect your time and energy.

Another way to think about boundaries is like a property line. You may see a fence or a “NO TRESPASSING” sign, which clearly indicates a boundary or even a consequence. Of course these boundaries are much easier to see and understand whereas personal boundaries require a bit more communication.

Why are boundaries important?

Having set, personal boundaries:

Often, we go beyond our comfortable limits and push boundaries because we feel guilty about something or feel as though we need to live up to a certain expectation that has been set for us. This can lead to feelings of discomfort and resentment.

So while setting boundaries may be uncomfortable at first, it’s essential for your overall well being.

How do you define your boundaries?

When it comes to setting healthy boundaries in your life, the first step is determining where and what those boundaries are. As you go through your day, take note of what actions make you uncomfortable, then decide how much of those actions you can tolerate and accept. As you determine where you choose to draw the line in every situation, consider your physical, emotional, and mental limits.

Here are a few examples to get you thinking:

Once you define your boundaries, you will need to communicate them.

Tips for communicating boundaries :

When we first start practicing setting boundaries, it can feel challenging. We might feel guilty, afraid, or self-conscious but it’s important to remember that setting limits will help make relationships healthier in the long-run.

Like any new skill, communicating and maintaining boundaries will take practice. You deserve to be comfortable in everyday situations as often as possible. If you have the opportunity to make your day easier or less stressful, why not do it? Remember, boundaries can protect your time and energy and these days that is priceless!

Krissy Nevero is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach based in Sonoma, California. To learn more about Krissy and her services, please visit her website:

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