How to Set Boundaries as an HSP
How often do you accommodate requests from friends or loved ones despite being too tired or overwhelmed? Does it feel easier to bypass your own need for downtime rather than risk disappointing someone or admitting your limitations? This has certainly been my experience. In order to maintain connections, whether they be personal or professional, we often develop a strategy of saying “yes” when we really want to say “no”. Constantly obliging the wishes of others when we’re on empty is harmful to everyone, but especially for the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).
Due to our ability to process information deeply, notice subtleties in our environment and be emotionally responsive to others, HSPs have a tendency to get easily exhausted and overwhelmed. When we are constantly depleted we risk feeling anxious, irritable, distracted, or even depressed, therefore it is vital to set limits on the time we give to those around us.