Setting a Boundary

Section Introduction

Setting a boundary can be as simple as saying "no" to someone. There are many ways of saying no, such as:

  • No, thank you.
  • Not right now.
  • I'm not interested.
  • I don't have the time right now.
  • I have other things that need me right now.
  • I wish I could, but it won't work with my schedule.

Reinforcing Boundaries

When someone does not respect your no or makes you feel guilty for it, you might need to reinforce your no. Sometimes an explanation can be helpful so the other person understands why you said no or why it's so firm.

Other times an explanation can only give them a foothold to try and force you to say yes, so avoiding giving an explanation can be more effective. It's okay to just say no and not give a reason!

VIDEO: Setting Boundaries with Others


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