If you’re an empath or highly sensitive person, it can seem like the world around you is constantly invading your personal bubble. And without proper care, the world can wear you down and burn you out.
Personalization is a root cause of emotional distress. It creates a sense of insecurity, anxiety, or imposter syndrome, and you’re just waiting for others to figure out that you’re the problem.
When you attach a label to yourself or another person, it then becomes what is used to describe yourself or the other person. And carries the belief that this label reflects who they are at their core instead of just in that moment.
If you’re looking for better mental, physical, and emotional health and you’re not sure where to start? Self-care journal prompts are a great starting point. Journaling is one of the most powerful forms of self-care and thankfully one of the cheapest.
Boundaries can best be described as imaginary lines that separate you from other people. These are guidelines, rules, or limits that you create to separate your identity and worth from others. Your boundaries convey how others can treat you. What is okay and what is not okay. And what you will and will not tolerate. And I imagine that there are people you respect because of their ability to set boundaries. They’re not afraid to say no, and they do it in a way that you admire and wish you could do for yourself.
Although should, musts and oughts are at the root of most emotional distress. They are also easily used and conveyed. And can also look similar to personalization.