Beat Bullying With Boundaries
Beat Bullying With Boundaries

When you don’t like something that someone else is doing, particularly a friend, partner, or relative, you make it clear. If they continue doing it to hurt or bother you, do your best to distance yourself from them. Establish boundaries for them because they’re bullying you.

Need help beating bullies with boundaries?

  1. Recognize your limits. Consider what makes you can tolerate and what you can’t. Once you know what makes you uncomfortable, you can stop that exchange.
  2. Be direct. Say what you mean but don’t say it mean. Let someone know if something is no longer OK with you. This will work better with some than with others. If you’re nervous about someone’s reaction then perhaps detaching with love is better.
  3. Give yourself permission to enforce boundaries. Just because you’re related to someone doesn’t mean they get to treat you badly. Trust your instincts on who is safe and who isn’t.
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Lindsey Glass

Lindsey Glass is the co-founder of Reach Out Recovery. Her 2016 ASAM Media Award winning documentary, The Secret World Of Recovery, has helped to lift the stigma from addiction and recovery and is used in recovery programs nationwide to show what life is like on the other side of addiction. Lindsey's teen prevention documentary, The Silent Majority, was distributed to PBS stations nationwide by American Public Television in 2014-15. Lindsey has written dozens of popular articles on recovery. She is a recovery advocate and frequent keynote speaker. Lindsey is the author of 100 Tips for Growing Up, My 20 Years of Recovery, 2019. Before focusing on recovery, Lindsey was a TV and screenwriter. She has worked in publishing, web development, and marketing.

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