6. You’re more self-aware.
Self-awareness is the conscious knowledge of one’s own character and feelings. Setting your boundaries makes you realize your own limitations and how they play a part in your character and identity. It helps you recognize yourself without having to depend on others and your environment. The boundaries you set eventually draw the line between your thoughts and feelings and allow you to understand them in a healthy manner.
7. You’re less stressed.
Without proper boundaries, we allow the needs of other people to define how we must behave. This can be very detrimental to one’s well-being. You will tend to soak up the stress of other people on top of your own if they are not aware of your boundaries. This will leave you extremely exhausted mentally. The more firm your boundaries are, the less likely you are to let the stress of others affect you.
8. You communicate better.
What you can or cannot tolerate are defined by the boundaries you establish. Letting others know your limitations makes you more transparent and easier to communicate with. This does not necessarily mean people are going to understand your limitations, but it allows you to express yourself instead of having to justify yourself.
9. You’re less angry.
People will take advantage of you if you do not have strong boundaries, which can lead to anger and even self-hatred. You may have come across certain people that overstep your boundaries causing you to be taken advantage of. In order to make sure they know your boundaries, you need to let them know in an assertive manner and not aggressively. Your message is distorted if it’s done out of aggression and it’s more solid and reasonable when expressed assertively.
10. You end up doing things you actually want to do.
To top off all the benefits of having firm boundaries, you get to live life the way you want to. Not being obligated to unnecessary things grants you time and energy for the things you actually want to do. These things can add value to your life and make you a much happier person.