Know your limits and enforce them
Know Your Limits And Enforce Them

Always be sure to know your limits – and remember to enforce them. You have your own life to be responsible for. It’s tough to pull yourself out of the mindset that it’s okay to stretch too thinly to be there for anyone who asks. However, we have to remember that we’re only one person – and our health should come first. You can say “no.”

It’s Hard to Know Your Limits

Many of us have probably fallen into this routine: You help one person, give them as much as you can, and before you can regroup and focus on helping yourself, you’ve fallen back into helping another person. This cycle continues until you feel completely drained, harried, and stressed. Don’t forget to put your foot down when you know you need some time to care for yourself.

Put Down The Phone

If you’ve constantly been at a single person’s beck and call, maybe it’s time to turn off the phone for a while. People can be draining for multiple reasons, which is why you need to be aware of who you’re around, what you’re feeling, and when you need to part ways for a while. Mute the phone for a while and focus on you.

Knowing Your Limits Means Realizing You Can’t Help Everyone

It’s always nice to be able to help someone in need. But there’s a limit to what you can do. Don’t let yourself fall into that circle mentioned above. When you feel that you’ve reached your end, step back, explain, and let go for a while. Not everyone needs total access to you.


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Haley Laferney
Haley Laferney is the Graphic Designer at Reach Out Recovery and a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design. She is also a gold and silver ADDY award winner.

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