As our own best friend, we must set boundaries in order to self-protect our physical and mental well-being. When we do not have boundaries we can become overwhelmed, experience being taken advantage of, and feel like a victim.

Having boundaries means having the courage to set limits. It can often be difficult to stand up for yourself and know where to draw the line. When you set clear boundaries you gain improved self-confidence and self-respect.

It starts with learning to trust your own judgements and values, without allowing the opinions of others to dictate how you should be. You must be aware of your unique needs. It’s okay to say no and leave a room if needed.

Not being a victim but choosing a better way also includes recognizing when it may be necessary to remove negative influences from your life. It is important to acknowledge when someone is causing emotional or physical harm and make the decision to end that relationship, or at the very least make it clear to them that their behavior is unacceptable.

We must be able to look out for ourselves and care for our own best interests. This is not selfish, but rather a sign of self-respect. Setting boundaries as your own best friend will make you feel empowered, more in control of your life, and less likely to fall into victimhood.

You got this!