Setting Healthy Boundaries: Simple Tips for a Happy Life

Boundaries. This is something I give a lot of thought to, something I’ve quite struggled with in the past – in relationships, in friendships, with family, and at work. It’s led me to feeling drained and burnt out many times. I know setting boundaries with those we care about can be tough, in fear of letting them down, but if we don’t it can lead to complete exhaustion, and even resentment. 

Setting personal boundaries is a very important aspect of taking care of ourselves and in building strong, healthy relationships with others. Boundaries are also key in keeping our lives balanced and keeping ourselves strong, physically, emotionally, and mentally. If you eat junk food too many days in a row, your body feels it. If you work too much overtime consistently, eventually you will burn out. If you are giving so much to everyone else, when and what are giving to yourself?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn what limits you need to set (and stick to) in order to keep yourself balanced, healthy, and happy. I have learned that before I commit to something, I stop and I ask myself is this within my boundaries? Don’t be afraid to ask your night-owl friend not to text you after eleven because you have to get up early in the morning. Be honest with your boss if you’ve reached the total workload you can handle. Need some alone time? Then rain check on girls’ night out. Be honest with your partner if it bothers you that he teases you in front of your parents. In the end, being able to communicate your boundaries honestly will earn you respect, make you feel stronger, and will keep things more level for you – you’ll be happier you did! 

 


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Fit Body, Mind, & Spirit: My 12 Rules For A Healthy, Happy Life

I’ve been spending some time reading over old posts and it’s been enlightening seeing how far I’ve come. Nothing brings me more comfort than knowing that I am continuously growing and moving towards become more like me and working towards creating a life that I love and am destined to live. 

In 2014, I wrote a list post “If I knew what I know now (in reference to if I knew what I knew then when I had been nineteen) some particular things stuck out to me:

“I would have spent less time trying to “fix” other people and more time focused on myself.” 

“I would have appreciated the things I already had more and less time worrying about the things I didn’t have.”

“I would have accepted failure as steps to success.”

About a year ago, I wrote a post of things I had learned about myself – What I’ve Learned About Myself in which I discovered more some simple things like how managing my blood sugar levels also helps me manage my moods but also things such as alone time and organization are key factors to staying balanced. 

Once again I’ve come to reflect on how much I have grown, how much stronger I have become, and how much progress I have made with my internal goals…and how much further I have yet to go. 

1. Do not judge. 

2. Let go of anger.

3. Be patient, with life, with yourself, with ones around you.

4. Focus on the present.

5. Do all things in love.

6. Live simply.

7. Only allow things that bring value and joy into your life.

8. Take care of yourself first.

9. Live your life like you are an example.

10. Live with intention not regret. 

11. Take a break once in awhile.

12. Keep learning, keep trying, and keep growing. 

I have many plans in mind for myself and this year that focus will not change. I am very happy of how far I’ve come and that motivates me to continue to strive for more. What do I have in store for myself this year? I plan to work towards a more minimalist lifestyle, continue working towards becoming a pro at self care, continuing to focus on steps to make my dreams come true, refocus on my spiritual studies, and yoga & meditation practices, and become all-around more fit – in mind, body, and spirit. 

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How to Keep Control of Your Inbox

I don’t know about you but the amount of emails I get in my inbox on a daily basis can easily swallow up my whole day. There’s an email for everything and from everyone now a days. I have email for the office, I have my personal email, I have my blogging email, we have messages from social media accounts – we are constantly being hit by numerous notes and communication. Keeping your inbox organized and in control will not only help you feel calmer but it will also improve your productivity. 

1.) Create folders – keeping organized folders will help you assign your messages to projects and tasks.

2.) Set up rules – in most email accounts you can set up rules that will send the email directly to the folders you have assigned them to. I find this especially helpful at the office.

3.) Unsubscribe to junk mail – if it isn’t information that is relevant to you don’t allow it to clog up your inbox.

4.) Use programs to manage promotional emails – I use unroll.me. I’ve been using this for a few years and I love it. It collects all of the emails I assigned to it into one place and then I receive one daily email to link to it.

5.) Set designated times to check emails – schedule out email time to allow you to review your emails. I check my emails once in the morning, at lunch, and in the evening. Though this doesn’t work for me for when I’m in the office because our prime communication method is email this is great for my personal and blog email accounts. This keeps me from getting stuck reading email after email and losing track of time.

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How To Have A Strong & Balanced Life: A Happy Life As An Ambivert

So many times the conversation comes up on whether I am an introvert or extrovert, I identify with both.

Ambivert: a person whose personality has a balance of extrovert and introvert features. 

Being an ambivert means:

1. I’m not uncomfortable at social events but I’ll get tired and need alone time to recharge.

2. I’m more comfortable meeting new people and experiencing new places with my friends there.

3. I will adjust my energy level to accommodate my company.

4. I can work in a group but I also like to complete some tasks individually.

5. Some people think I’m really outgoing and sociable but others know me as quiet and keeping to myself.

6. I can survive in crowded places but I don’t prefer them and I’ll usually find a quiet corner or stick close to just a few people. 

7. It takes practice to learn to be assertive and stand up for myself.

8. I can be really trusting at times and other times skeptical.

9. I can drift away in my own thoughts just as easily as I can be drawn into an intense conversation.

10. I tend to carry myself differently in a professional office than I do outside of the office with my friends and family.

11. I like to be the center of attention once in a while but not too often. 

12. I can usually determine people’s motivators quickly. 

My ambivert personality allows me to enjoy a varied lifestyle and helps me be adaptable to many environments and thrive in many situations. But being an ambivert has also taught me that keeping balance in my life is very important and is key to my comfort, my happiness, and success.