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How to Protect Your Personal Space

By Dontaira Terrell
Posted On Jan 22, 2016
How to Protect Your Personal Space

There is absolutely nothing wrong with creating a sense of selfishness when it comes to protecting your personal space. Setting boundaries is essential in maintaining your inner peace, establishing an emotional well-being and sustaining a healthy lifestyle. Taking charge of your life in all facets is such an empowering feeling! If you do not create a healthy space it can warrant uninvited guests into your life entering and exiting at their own will. It can also lead to emotional, physical and mental turmoil.

Ultimately, your time is valuable and life is too short to surround yourself with negative Nancy’s, bitter Betty’s, constant complainers and emotional drainers. As we get older, we realize it’s OK to be selective about who we spend our precious time with as we can’t interact with everyone. Whether we choose to believe it or not, our influences stem from our personal power circle. As with everything that holds some sort of importance in our lives, it is also very contagious. For instance, goals, attitudes, beliefs and values that essentially lead to our happiness, sadness, success or failure are cultivated by personal influences. Remember everyone is not entitled or equipped to travel along this journey called life with you. Here are some tips that helped us achieve personal happiness by creating healthy boundaries.

Photo Credit: Shutter Stock
Photo Credit: Shutter Stock

Take care of Y-O-U! – It’s human nature to try and appease everyone’s needs but in the midst of it all, it’s important not to deprive yourself of personal commitments. Although easier said than done, avoid feeling the guilt of saying NO to certain things. Constantly saying YES can lead to more bad than good in our daily lives by overextending ourselves.

Three C’s (Cool, Calm and Collected) – In spite of what’s going on around you, 90% is how you personally react to it. Making a mindful difference in how you respond to various situations can make a world of a difference. Be sure to think before you speak by choosing your responses wisely.

Follow your intuition – Have you ever had a gut-wrenching feeling about someone but you could never quite figure it out? Chances are this person no longer serves a purpose in your life, has become an emotional drainer or exudes a negative vibe. Whatever the case may be, follow that inner voice from within. We guarantee, your instinct will never steer you down the wrong path.

Speak up – Be firm, but kind. If someone or something has become bothersome to you speak up about it. Don’t bury your emotions or try to let it fall by the wayside because in the end it will only make matters worse. Holding on to built up frustration is a formula for disaster, eventually proving to be unhealthy and leading to a triggering force of unhappiness.

Ultimately, you hold the necessary keys to establishing joy from within. Although you do not have the power to change other people’s personality, habits, or viewpoints, you do however have the power to protect your personal space.