How to Set Healthy Boundaries: 10 Examples + PDF Worksheets (2022)

How to Set Healthy Boundaries: 10 Examples + PDF Worksheets (1)Setting boundaries is an important part of establishing one’s identity and is a crucial aspect of mental health and wellbeing.

Boundaries can be physical or emotional, and they can range from being loose to rigid, with healthy boundaries often falling somewhere in between.

This article will discuss what healthy boundaries are and how to set them, why healthy boundaries are important for self-care, and how to explain boundaries to adults and children.

Learning to show compassion and kindness to yourself is crucial in setting healthy boundaries.

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This Article Contains:

  • What Are Healthy Boundaries?
  • Healthy Boundaries and Self-Care
  • 10 Examples Of Healthy Boundaries
  • How To Set Personal and Emotional Boundaries
  • Boundaries In Relationships
  • Healthy Boundaries Worksheets (PDFs)
  • Boundaries Worksheets for Kids and Parents (PDFs)
  • A Take-Home Message
  • References

What Are Healthy Boundaries?

According to IPFW/Parkview Student Assistance Program:

“A boundary is a limit or space between you and the other person; a clear place where you begin and the other person ends . . . The purpose of setting a healthy boundary is, of course, to protect and take good care of you” (n.d.).

In general, “Healthy boundaries are those boundaries that are set to make sure mentally and emotionally you are stable” (Prism Health North Texas, n.d.). Another way to think about it is that “Our boundaries might be rigid, loose, somewhere in between, or even nonexistent. A complete lack of boundaries may indicate that we don’t have a strong identity or are enmeshed with someone else” (Cleantis, 2017).

Healthy boundaries can serve to establish one’s identity. Specifically, healthy boundaries can help people define their individuality and can help people indicate what they will and will not hold themselves responsible for.

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While boundaries are often psychological or emotional, boundaries can also be physical. For example, declining physical contact from a coworker is setting an important boundary, one that’s just as crucial as setting an emotional boundary, i.e., asking that same coworker not to make unreasonable demands on your time or emotions.

Healthy Boundaries and Self-Care

How to Set Healthy Boundaries: 10 Examples + PDF Worksheets (2)Healthy boundaries are a crucial component of self-care. That’s because “in work or in our personal relationships, poor boundaries lead to resentment, anger, and burnout” (Nelson, 2016).

Some teachers say that setting boundaries helps them avoid burnout and stay in the profession longer (Bernstein-Yamashiro & Noam, 2013). This is important because it indicates that healthy boundaries at work help someone find more fulfillment and less stress in their professional life—leaving room for a better personal life.

More generally, the consequences of not setting healthy boundaries often include “stress, financial burdens, wasted time, and relationship issues, which can cause mental distress” (Prism Health North Texas, n.d.). In other words, a lack of healthy boundaries can negatively affect all aspects of someone’s life.

Setting healthy boundaries can have many benefits, including helping people make decisions based on what is best them, not just the people around them. This autonomy is an important part of self-care.

In the context of recovering from substance abuse, self-care can include “meaningful connection with recovery support and children, taking care of physical health, maintaining spirituality, healthy eating, exercise, journaling, continuing education, staying busy, sponsorship, establishing boundaries, self-monitoring, abstinence, and dealing with destructive emotions” (Raynor et al., 2017).

Self-care like this “may serve to support the general health and wellbeing of individuals” (Raynor et al., 2017).

Self-care, which can include setting boundaries, is an important part of leading a mentally healthy life. But unlike more intuitive aspects of self-care like healthy eating and exercise, setting healthy boundaries isn’t something most people understand. For more people to experience greater wellbeing and fulfillment, they must learn about healthy boundaries.

10 Examples Of Healthy Boundaries

How to Set Healthy Boundaries: 10 Examples + PDF Worksheets (3)This leads to the question, ‘What do healthy boundaries look like?’

The types of boundaries one might set depends on the setting. That is, one person’s healthy boundaries with a romantic partner will be very different from that same person’s healthy boundaries with a boss or coworker.

To start out, we’ll look at professional boundaries.

In a teacher-student relationship, a teacher might set healthy boundaries by choosing to keep their personal lives separate from their professional lives by not telling their students too much about their private lives (Bernstein-Yamashiro & Noam, 2013).

Teachers can also begin each school year by telling students what they are and are not comfortable with. For example, teachers can tell their students they do not want to hear their students talking about illicit activities in the classroom.

Another way teachers can set boundaries is by telling themselves that they will not hold themselves responsible for every aspect of their students’ lives. That way, they won’t be too hard on themselves when a student suffers from something out of the teacher’s control.

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Teachers are not the only professionals who can benefit from healthy boundaries. Mental health professionals also need to practice self-care and set healthy boundaries with their clients—they are not immune to stress and mental health disorders and might be even more vulnerable to those issues than the general population (Barnett et al., 2007).

One way that therapists can set clinical boundaries is by not connecting with their clients on social media (and being clear about this rule) so that they do not mix their professional responsibilities with their personal lives.

Of course, professionals are not the only ones who need to practice self-care by setting healthy boundaries. People can also set boundaries with their friends—even well-meaning ones.

For example, a woman in the middle of packing up her house for a move might not let a friend who dropped in unannounced stay too long—that way she can get done what she needs to get done (Katherine, 2000). Similarly, that woman might politely decline the same friend’s request to help her pack if she thinks packing should be a personal process (Katherine, 2000).

Healthy boundaries can help manage demands on people’s time, not just malicious or thoughtless demands on one’s time or emotions.

Another setting in which healthy boundaries are crucial is in a romantic partnership.

One example would be a person asking their partner for one night each week alone, as opposed to seeing each other daily. Another example would be a new mother asking her partner to take on more responsibility with their baby (such as giving baths, going to the park with the baby, and so on) so that she can have more time to herself (Barkin & Wisner, 2013).

Rather than fostering resentment, one can instead try to set and communicate their boundaries.

Finally, boundaries can be important in parent-child relationships. For example, parents might ask their child never to enter their bedroom without knocking first, in order to maintain some privacy. Children might ask their parents to never read their diaries or journalsso that they can maintain some privacy of their own.

Parents can choose whether to respect a child’s proposed boundaries (they might reject some boundaries for safety reasons, for example), but it is important to be clear about the boundaries they do intend to respect in order to build trust with their children.

How To Set Personal and Emotional Boundaries

How to Set Healthy Boundaries: 10 Examples + PDF Worksheets (4)

The first part of setting boundaries is examining the boundaries that already exist (or are lacking) in one’s life. For example, a woman might decide that she has healthy boundaries with her romantic partner, but not with her friends and coworkers. From there, she can decide what types of boundaries she wants to set with her friends and coworkers.

As for how to exactly set these boundaries, “Say ‘no’ simply but firmly to something you do not want to do. Do not feel that you need to explain” (Kairns, 1992). Not overexplaining is a crucial aspect of setting boundaries, as everyone has the right to determine what they do and do not want to do.

This brings up another important point: Keep the focus on yourself (IPFW/Parkview Student Assistance Program, n.d.). Instead of setting a boundary by saying something like, “You have to stop bothering me after work”, a person can say, “I need some time to myself when I get back from work.”

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Another important thing to remember is: “It is impossible to set boundaries without setting consequences” (IPFW/Parkview Student Assistance Program, n.d.). This means that when setting boundaries, it is important to explicitly state why they are important.

For example, a person in an unhealthy relationship might declare that his partner needs to start respecting his career goals if his partner wants to continue being in a relationship with him. It is also crucial to only declare consequences that one is willing to follow through on, or else the boundaries will not be effective.

In general, the key to setting boundaries is first figuring out what you want from your various relationships, setting boundaries based on those desires, and then being clear with yourself and with other people about your boundaries.

Boundaries In Relationships

Boundaries in relationships can be especially important.

“When one person is in control of another, love cannot grow deeply and fully, as there is no freedom” (Cloud & Townsend, 2002).

In other words, healthy boundaries can be the difference between a healthy, happy relationship and a toxic, dysfunctional relationship.

A lack of boundaries can lead to an unhealthy relationship because one partner may feel that he or she has no privacy anymore (Hall Health Center Health Promotion Staff, 2014). However, too many boundaries can also be an issue, as in the case of people who refuse to spend time with the friends and families of their partners.

In the case of people in relationships who also have children, boundaries can be particularly important. For example, one research paper looking at self-care in new mothers highlighted a “willingness to delegate and the ability to set boundaries” asan important practical application of self-care (Barkin & Wisner, 2013).

A new mother who can set boundaries with her partner in order to respect her needs will likely be better off than one who cannot, and this will help the relationship too.

The fact that boundaries are important in relationships underscores the importance of setting and respecting boundaries. It’s important to understand and respect each other’s boundaries in a long-term partnership, just as it’s important to respect the boundaries of people whom one does not know very well.

One good way to avoid crossing someone’s boundaries (and to avoid having one’s own boundaries crossed) is to have honest conversations about boundaries with people.

Healthy Boundaries Worksheets (PDFs)

For people who want to learn more about boundaries, here are some worksheets that deal with healthy boundaries and how they can affect one’s life.

What are Personal Boundaries?

This worksheet explains the difference between rigid, porous, and healthy boundaries and the different areas in which one might set boundaries (such as physical boundaries, emotional boundaries, and sexual boundaries). After learning from this worksheet, you can explore your own boundaries with the supplementary exercise, also from Therapist Aid.

How to Create Healthy Boundaries

This worksheet also describes different types of boundaries one might set and also offers tips for setting those boundaries.

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Setting Internal Boundaries

This worksheet guides the user to consider and agree to personal boundaries. A list is made of behavior the user will commit to, as well as a list of behaviors the user will avoid.

Building Better Boundaries

This is less of a worksheet than it is an entire workbook (it’s more than 60 pages), but it can facilitate a deep dive into the topic of boundaries. It teaches the reader what boundaries are and how to set them in different situations.

Boundaries Worksheets for Kids and Parents (PDFs)

How to Set Healthy Boundaries: 10 Examples + PDF Worksheets (5)Teaching children the importance of boundaries is a crucial part ofparenthood. This can be hard, though, if parents themselves don’t understand the importance of boundaries.

Here are some worksheets and other resources that parents can use to teach their children (and themselves) about the importance of boundaries, both between children and their parents and between children and other people.

Boundaries

This worksheet will help children differentiate between rigid, clear, and fuzzy boundaries, and will also help them think about boundaries in their own lives.

Healthy Boundaries, Healthy Children

This worksheet is not for children, but rather for parents who want to teach their children about boundaries. It explains the importance of setting boundaries for children, then gives tips on how to teach them about boundaries. This is an excellent starting point for parents who are not sure how to set appropriate boundaries for their children.

Boundaries and Expectations Exercises

Livestrong.com provides helpful information on establishing boundaries that can be accessed here (Scottsdale, 2015). There are tips for parents of children of all ages, from toddlers to high schoolers. The article explains how using the word “no” can establish early boundaries for toddlers, and also explains the importance of extending trust to adolescents when they have earned it.

A Take-Home Message

Setting healthy boundaries is a crucial part of life and an important aspect of any self-care practice. Someone who’s not used to setting boundaries might feel guilty or selfish when they first start out, but setting boundaries is necessary for mental health and wellbeing. Appropriate boundaries can look very different depending on the setting, and it’s important to set them in all aspects of one’s life.

Finally, while setting boundaries is crucial, it is even more crucial to respect the boundaries that others have set for themselves. This goes for parents, children, romantic partners, bosses, coworkers, and anyone who interacts with or has power over anyone else. Respect is a two-way street, and appreciating the boundaries others have set for themselves is as important as setting boundaries for oneself.

How easy is it for you to set healthy boundaries? Do you have any tips for setting and respecting healthy boundaries? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

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FAQs

How do you set a healthy boundary example? ›

Examples of healthy boundaries in relationships
  1. ask permission.
  2. take one another's feelings into account.
  3. show gratitude.
  4. are honest.
  5. give space for autonomy and avoid codependence.
  6. show respect for differences in opinion, perspective, and feelings.
  7. sit with the other person's communication of emotion.

What are the 7 types of boundaries? ›

7 Types of Boundaries You May Need
  • What boundaries do you need? ...
  • 1) Physical Boundaries. ...
  • 2) Sexual Boundaries. ...
  • 3) Emotional or Mental Boundaries. ...
  • 4) Spiritual or Religious Boundaries. ...
  • 5) Financial and Material Boundaries. ...
  • 6) Time Boundaries. ...
  • 7) Non-Negotiable Boundaries.
3 days ago

What are the 4 steps to setting healthy boundaries? ›

4 Steps for Setting Healthy Boundaries at Work
  1. Figure out where limits need to be set, and what needs to change in order for that to happen. ...
  2. Define what needs to change. ...
  3. Communicate clearly. ...
  4. Be prepared for pushback.
20 Dec 2018

How do you create a list of boundaries? ›

5 Effective Ways to Set Healthy Boundaries
  1. Visualize and Name Your Limits.
  2. Openly Communicate Your Boundaries.
  3. Reiterate and Uphold Your Boundaries.
  4. Don't Be Afraid to Say No.
  5. Take Time for Yourself.
  6. How Much Time You Spend Together.
  7. Setting Physical and Sexual Boundaries.
  8. Respecting Emotional Boundaries.

What are examples of setting boundaries? ›

Some examples of personal boundaries might be: I'm cool with following each other on social media, but not with sharing passwords. I'm comfortable kissing and holding hands, but not in public. I'm okay with regularly texting, but I don't want to text multiple times in an hour.

How do you set boundaries without hurting feelings? ›

Keep the focus on your feelings and needs.

Setting a boundary is about communicating what you need and expect. In the process, it may be important to gently call out someone's hurtful behavior, but that shouldn't be the focus. Focusing on what someone has done wrong is likely to make them defensive.

What are the 4 personal boundaries? ›

In this blog post, I'll explore four different types of personal boundaries that I've established in my life (physical, mental, time, and financial), why they matter, and where to start with setting your own.

What are 5 healthy boundaries? ›

These boundaries typically fall into a few specific categories:
  • emotional (protecting our own emotional well-being)
  • physical (protecting our physical space)
  • sexual (protecting our needs and safety sexually)
  • workplace (protecting our ability to do our work without interference or drama)

How do you set better boundaries? ›

  1. 10 Ways to Set and Keep.
  2. Name your limits. Name your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual limits. ...
  3. Tune into your feelings.
  4. Be direct when you need to. ...
  5. Practice self-awareness.
  6. Let yourself feel your feelings. ...
  7. Consider your past and present. ...
  8. Make self-care a priority.

What are the 3 steps to setting boundaries? ›

3 Steps to Setting Boundaries in Your Relationships
  • Boundaries have nothing to do with love. ...
  • Boundaries are a peaceable thing. ...
  • Boundaries are basic principles you identify for yourself. ...
  • Challenge Your Guilt.
  • Identify Your Barriers and Fears.
  • Make Rules for Yourself.
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Why setting boundaries is important? ›

Establishing boundaries is good for you and the people around you. When you're clear about your boundaries, people will understand your limits and know what you are and aren't OK with, and they'll adjust their behavior. The people who don't respect your boundaries are ones you may not want in your life.

How do you set boundaries with people? ›

7 ways to set better boundaries
  1. Get crystal clear on your priorities. ...
  2. Communicate what you will and will not tolerate. ...
  3. Listen to your gut instinct. ...
  4. Think about the impact of your actions. ...
  5. Do things because they make you feel good. ...
  6. Offer an alternative. ...
  7. Be direct and firm with your answer.
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How do I know what my boundaries are? ›

Therefore, to identify your boundaries, you'll want to pay close attention to the situations where you feel zapped of energy, get a knot in your stomach, or want to cry. By looking back on your interactions with others you will be able to see actions, words, and situations you don't want to have to deal with again.

How do you set boundaries without being controlling? ›

Focus on your emotions, thoughts, and reactions and let go of any that are ineffective and keep you stuck. Take responsibility for your own wants and needs and don't leave it up to someone else to meet your needs. Seek out what you need only from those who are willing and able to give to you freely.

What are some boundaries in life? ›

Here are six boundaries you deserve to have and what they might look like in practice:
  • Physical boundaries. ...
  • Emotional boundaries. ...
  • Time boundaries. ...
  • Sexual boundaries. ...
  • Intellectual boundaries. ...
  • Material boundaries.
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How can I have a healthy relationship? ›

Healthy relationships involve honesty, trust, respect and open communication between partners and they take effort and compromise from both people. There is no imbalance of power. Partners respect each other's independence, can make their own decisions without fear of retribution or retaliation, and share decisions.

How do you maintain boundaries? ›

Become a boundary-setting boss
  1. Be assertive. “If someone sets boundaries with assertiveness, it feels firm but kind to others,” Kennedy says. ...
  2. Learn to say no. Even though it can be daunting to say, “No” is a complete sentence. ...
  3. Safeguard your spaces. ...
  4. Get assistance or support.
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What is a good boundary? ›

In general, “Healthy boundaries are those boundaries that are set to make sure mentally and emotionally you are stable” (Prism Health North Texas, n.d.). Another way to think about it is that “Our boundaries might be rigid, loose, somewhere in between, or even nonexistent.

How are emotional boundaries set? ›

Setting Emotional Boundaries
  1. Say no – to tasks you don't want to do or don't have time to do.
  2. Say yes – to help.
  3. Say thank you with no apology, regret or shame.
  4. Ask for help.
  5. Delegate tasks.
  6. Protect your time – don't overcommit.
  7. Ask for space – we all need our own time.
1 Apr 2016

Why setting boundaries is the ultimate self-care? ›

Setting personal boundaries is an important part of your own self care and can help you honour and respect your own emotional, psychological and physical needs. “Boundaries protect the things that are of value to you. They keep you in alignment with what you have decided you want in life.

How do you set boundaries with toxic people? ›

And remember, some toxic people thrive on breaking the very boundaries that you're trying to keep intact.
  1. Identify your core values. ...
  2. Stay calm, and communicate your boundaries. ...
  3. Limit the time you spend with them. ...
  4. Assess your social media. ...
  5. Don't expect change right away.
31 Jan 2020

How do you set boundaries with someone who hurt you? ›

There are three parts to setting boundaries:
  1. Identify your boundaries. Be clear on what you need before trying to communicate or enforce the boundary.
  2. Communicate your boundaries or expectations clearly, calmly, and consistently. ...
  3. If your boundaries aren't respected, evaluate your options and take action.
14 Dec 2017

How do you set boundaries with angry people? ›

I'm going to give you six steps to consider when someone responds to your boundaries with anger:
  1. Realize that the person who is angry at you for setting boundaries is the one with the problem.
  2. View anger realistically. ...
  3. Do not let anger be a cue for you to do something. ...
  4. Make sure you have your support system in place.
14 Apr 2020

What are unhealthy boundaries? ›

Unhealthy boundaries involve a disregard for your own and others' values, wants, needs, and limits. They can also lead to potentially abusive dating/romantic relationships and increase the chances of other types of abusive relationships as well.

What are poor boundaries? ›

People with poor boundaries typically come in two flavors: those who take too much responsibility for the emotions/actions of others and those who expect others to take too much responsibility for their own emotions/actions. Interestingly, these two types of people often end up in relationships together.

What are healthy boundaries to set in a relationship? ›

Here are five examples of healthy relationship boundaries: Expecting others to communicate during disagreements with maturity. Letting go of codependency and having your own identity. Asking for personal space and quiet when you're working.

How do you establish and maintain boundaries in your personal life? ›

How to Set Personal Boundaries
  1. Identify Your Boundaries. It is impossible to begin setting personal boundaries when you don't even know what they are or where they lie. ...
  2. Determine Your Values. ...
  3. Start Simple. ...
  4. Listen to Your Feelings. ...
  5. Learn to Say No. ...
  6. Be Assertive. ...
  7. Set Consequences. ...
  8. Practice Self-Awareness.

How do you get a man to respect your boundaries? ›

Be clear when you talk about your boundaries.

Give him examples of behavior or situations where your boundaries apply. It might feel a little awkward to be super specific, but remember your partner wants to understand how to treat you! Honesty will ultimately strengthen your relationship.

Why do men love boundaries? ›

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How do you define personal boundaries? ›

Personal boundaries are the limits and rules we set for ourselves within relationships. A person with healthy boundaries can say “no” to others when they want to, but they are also comfortable opening themselves up to intimacy and close relationships.

How do you set boundaries with people? ›

7 ways to set better boundaries
  1. Get crystal clear on your priorities. ...
  2. Communicate what you will and will not tolerate. ...
  3. Listen to your gut instinct. ...
  4. Think about the impact of your actions. ...
  5. Do things because they make you feel good. ...
  6. Offer an alternative. ...
  7. Be direct and firm with your answer.
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What are the 3 types of boundaries? ›

Divergent boundaries -- where new crust is generated as the plates pull away from each other. Convergent boundaries -- where crust is destroyed as one plate dives under another. Transform boundaries -- where crust is neither produced nor destroyed as the plates slide horizontally past each other.

How do you set strong boundaries? ›

10 Ways to set and maintain good boundaries
  1. Enjoy some self-reflection. ...
  2. Start small. ...
  3. Set them early. ...
  4. Be consistent. ...
  5. Create a framework. ...
  6. Feel free to add extras.
  7. Be aware of social media. ...
  8. Talk, talk, talk.
2 Jun 2021

How do you set boundaries with toxic people? ›

And remember, some toxic people thrive on breaking the very boundaries that you're trying to keep intact.
  1. Identify your core values. ...
  2. Stay calm, and communicate your boundaries. ...
  3. Limit the time you spend with them. ...
  4. Assess your social media. ...
  5. Don't expect change right away.
31 Jan 2020

How do you set better boundaries? ›

  1. 10 Ways to Set and Keep.
  2. Name your limits. Name your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual limits. ...
  3. Tune into your feelings.
  4. Be direct when you need to. ...
  5. Practice self-awareness.
  6. Let yourself feel your feelings. ...
  7. Consider your past and present. ...
  8. Make self-care a priority.

How do you set boundaries with a manipulative family member? ›

A good first step is to acknowledge that you're aware of the manipulation. It's normal to feel upset or pressured, but remember: That's how they want you to feel. Try grounding yourself or using breathing exercises to cool down and relax. Use respectful language and “I” statements to avoid sounding confrontational.

How do I teach my child to set boundaries? ›

5 Tips for Teaching Your Kids about Boundaries
  1. Ask what needs to be different. Before setting a boundary, your child needs to figure out what needs to change. ...
  2. Make the message clear. ...
  3. Be consistent and follow through. ...
  4. Treat others how you want to be treated. ...
  5. Remember NO means NO.

Why is it important to set boundaries with children? ›

Setting boundaries and expectations for children can assist in building life skills that include; patience, problem solving, resourcefulness, responsibility and self-discipline.

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