Updated: Aug 3
Boundaries are invisible lines that you hold for yourself. We all have these lines, and at the same time, it can be hard to name them. Here are the 6 types of boundaries that everyone has!
Types Of Boundaries
A physical boundary is what it sounds like. What is the physical distance from people you are comfortable with? This includes how close you stand to people when you talk, if you prefer hugs or handshakes or don't like touching others at all. This can also apply to spaces that feel private, like your bedroom or the bathroom, or even your home office. Are you comfortable with people coming in when you are not there, or coming in unannounced?
These boundaries are a little harder to notice in yourself as well as with others. These boundaries have to do with your thoughts and ideas. Do you feel respected, understood, and listened to, or do you feel belittled or dismissed when sharing ideas and thoughts?
Emotional boundaries are how you feel about your emotions when you are around others, or interacting with others. Are you someone who doesn't share how you are feeling or maybe you feel like you overshare your emotions? If you do share your emotions, do you feel validated, and respected or do you feel criticized?
This boundary is not just the physical boundaries of sexuality. This also includes emotion and intellect and how you interact with others in all three categories. You can feel that you are on the same page, you feel respected and safe, and your limitations are known.
Material boundaries are boundaries around your possessions and money. Do you spend money on others, how does it feel when others ask you to borrow money? Do you share possessions, and if you do, are your possessions treated with care and concern?
Time boundaries are around how you spend your time. This could mean much time you spend on yourself vs. on others. It could also be when you show up to events, appointments, or work (on-time or late).
This week, observe and evaluate these boundaries and join us in the next blog post where we look deeper into how to tell where your boundaries are with others!
Hi, I’m Kristina Anzell, I am a Clinical Social Worker dedicated to providing compassionate and tailored mental health support for moms at all stages of motherhood. My mission is to empower you to thrive in your role as a mother while nurturing your own well-being. If you enjoyed this blog post, check out my blog here! If you want more information or are seeking treatment, feel free to reach out!