<![CDATA[empoweredhealingdallas.com - Blog]]>Wed, 21 Apr 2021 18:17:50 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Coping Through Crisis]]>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 21:12:38 GMThttp://empoweredhealingdallas.com/blog/coping-through-crisisCoping Through Crisis: A 5 Day Course to Optimal Mental & Emotional Health is now available through the WellSeekers School. This course provides a guide to the skills and support for optimal mental and emotional health during a life crisis. Through videos, at-home activities, and additional resources you will gain the keys to learning how to cope and comeback to optimal mental and emotional health regardless of what you are facing. Join Professors and Therapists, Dr. Danica Harris and Lucia Nazzaro, LCSW, as they walk with you through this time to help you cope, heal, and rise in the face of uncertainty. We hope you find this course valuable as it was created just for you.

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<![CDATA[Boundaries are the foundation of self-care]]>Fri, 28 Dec 2018 18:25:25 GMThttp://empoweredhealingdallas.com/blog/boundaries-are-the-foundation-of-self-carePicture
By: Danica Harris, Ph.D.

Boundaries are crucial for self-care, self-love, and self-acceptance. Without boundaries, you may find yourself being pushed and pulled in all sorts of directions, or you may find that your self-care practice is the first thing you cross off your to-do list when you get busy.

Identifying and creating boundaries is a true act of self-love, and it will help you to establish guidelines within your relationships. For example, do you know what you are willing to accept from others? What actions or commentary crosses the line? Becoming aware of your limits will help you begin to understand when people have gone too far.

Communicating your boundaries will help others know what you are willing to tolerate and what you can handle. For instance, I might share with someone that I am unwilling to work on a project on Saturdays, because that is my self-care day, or I might communicate my feelings to a loved one who has said something hurtful. By communicating your boundaries explicitly, there is no mystery, and others are more likely to honor them, and you. Also, this practice helps others to learn how to set boundaries for themselves, and this will likely lead to healthier connections, overall.

When someone violates a boundary (whether intentional or not) you will need to be prepared to honor your own boundaries. By deciding your boundaries ahead of time, you can decide what happens when your boundaries are crossed. An example might look like, someone deciding not to spend as much time with a friend who mistreats the time boundaries (consistently runs late) in a relationship. I would encourage you to avoid any passive-aggressive behaviors here as this would not be in line with supporting healthy connection with others. It can be tempting to want to treat others the way they treat you (like purposefully running late when you are meeting with a late friend) but that will not actually support your boundaries or your own healing. It is crucial that you share the impact boundary violations have on you with the person who has crossed your boundaries (as long as they are safe) so that a new norm can be established within the relationship. We teach people what we will tolerate.

Following through with your response to boundary violations may be difficult, but it is crucial in your quest to live an empowered life. By following through with your plan, you are honoring you, your boundaries, and your autonomy, and all of these steps will reinforce a strong self-care practice.

Take care of you and begin to establish a healthy self-care practice, founded on healthy and supportive boundaries. You are worthy of healing and healthy connection.