Tips on for surviving
Lockdown and beyond
💜 Be gentle with yourself.
💜 Remind yourself that you are an enabler, not a magician. WE cannot change anyone else – we can only change how we relate to others.
💜 Find a quiet space just for you. Use it daily.
💜 Give support, encouragement and honest praise to family and friends. Learn to accept it in return.
💜 Remember that in the light of all the pain we see, we are bound to feel helpless at times. Admit it without shame: caring and being there is sometimes more important than doing.
💜 Change your routine and tasks when you can to keep your life varied and interesting.
💜 Before sleeping, focus on a good thing that occurred during the day.
💜 Be a resource to yourself! Get creative and try new approaches. Be an artist as well as a technician.
💜 Use a friend or the buddy system regularly as a source of support, assurance and re- direction. It is a strength to be able to ask for support.
💜 Plan ‘withdrawal’ periods during the week; limit interruptions.
💜 Say ‘I choose to’ rather than ‘I should, I ought to, or I have to’. Also, say ‘I won’t’ rather than ‘I can’t’.
💜 If you never say ‘No’, what is your ‘Yes’ worth?
💜 Most importantly: LAUGH AND PLAY!
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.
Know your limits.
Before becoming involved in a situation, know what’s acceptable to you, and what isn’t. It’s best to be as specific as possible, or you might be pulled into the trap of giving just a little bit more, over and over, until you’ve given far too much.
Know your values.
Every person’s limits are different, and they’re often determined by their personal values. For example, if you value family above all else, this might lead to stricter limits on how late you will stay at work, away from family. Know what’s most important to you, and protect it.
Listen to your emotions.
If you notice feelings of discomfort or resentment, don’t bury them. Try to understand what your feelings are telling you. Resentment, for example, can often be traced to feelings of being taken advantage of.
If you always give in to others, ask if you are showing as much respect to yourself as you show to others. Boundaries that are too open might be due to misguided attempts to be liked by elevating other people’s needs above one’s own.
Have respect for others.
Be sure that your actions are not self-serving, at the expense of others. Interactions should not be about winning, or taking as much as possible. Instead, consider what’s fair to everyone, given the setting and relationship. You might “win”, but at the cost of a relationship’s long-term health.
When you know it’s time to set a boundary, don’t be shy. Say “no” respectfully, but without ambiguity. If you can make a compromise while respecting your own boundaries, try it. This is a good way to soften the “no”, while showing respect to everyone involved.
Consider the long view.
Some days you will give more than you take, and other days you will take more than you give. Be willing to take a longer view of relationships, when appropriate. But if you’re always the one who’s giving or taking, there might be a problem.