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If you are working through mental health struggles or addiction, setting boundaries is an integral part of recovery. Boundaries are in place to help keep you safe and moving in the right direction.

However, setting boundaries can be difficult. You may feel awkward establishing boundaries within your close relationships.

However, it is something that should be done and should be done right away. Regardless of the relationship, take time to create boundaries. As you begin your journey of creating boundaries, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Be Open and Direct

When creating boundaries, be open and direct. This style of communication can be challenging for many people. If you are not direct, people may not take you seriously.

Be clear and open about what exactly you want your boundaries to be. You cannot expect people to understand your boundaries unless you can explain them clearly.

Explain Your Journey

If you feel comfortable doing so, explain your recovery journey. When you explain your journey, people will better understand your boundaries.

Sometimes it can be challenging for others to understand the importance of boundaries and that they are in place to keep you safe. When you explain your journey and how far you have come, and how hard you have worked, it may be easier for others to understand the importance of the boundaries you have set.

Be Consistent

Once you have set a clear boundary in place, you need to be consistent in enforcing it.  Hold strong and keep those standards high.

If someone is unwilling to respect your boundaries, then they may not be someone you want in your life. If someone does not think your sobriety is important, it may not be safe for you to be around them. Be consistent and stay focused on your recovery and well-being.

Creating boundaries is a crucial part of the recovery journey. Boundaries are set to keep you safe and moving in the right direction. As you begin to set boundaries, always try to be open and direct with what you want and need from others. If you feel comfortable doing so, explain your journey and why these boundaries are important to you. Once a boundary is set, stay consistent. Here at The Guest House, we know how challenging it can be to establish strong and consistent boundaries. Call us today to learn about how we can support you at (855) 483-7800.