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Why Setting Boundaries is Key to Boosting Your Self-Worth

Many individuals struggle with regular self-care and boundary establishing. We put off taking care of our bodies and brains even though we are aware of the necessary steps to take. It's simple to justify putting other people's demands ahead of your own, whether you're preoccupied, distracted, tired, overwhelmed, or concerned about coming out as selfish and indulgent. Those who are extra-sensitive and empathetic, or who incline towards caregiving or codependence (excessive emotional or psychological reliance on a partner), will understand this all too well.



Codependence is characterised by a tendency to put other people's feelings and needs before your own. It's possible that you'll bond with others by appealing to your sense of duty, shame, wrath, or power.

Codependence is a typical manifestation of poor self-worth and a consequence of past trauma.

Codependence is a manifestation of trauma, a coping technique in reaction to any experience that taught you to put the needs of others before your own. For you, taking care of others is the only source of self-worth, yet this also makes it challenging to accept help or prioritise your own needs.


You need to work on your sense of worthiness if you struggle to establish healthy boundaries and maintain regular self-care routines. Trauma and unconsciously restricting core beliefs can have a significant influence on your sense of self-worth.


The mind's core beliefs are unquestioned truths that have been imprinted there for a very long time. You may boil them down to a single line that guides how you interact with yourself, others, and the environment. Genetics, upbringing, significant relationships, and traumatic experiences all have a role in shaping a person's most fundamental beliefs. Your feeling of value, worth, and sense of community in the world are all influenced by your core beliefs. Unpleasant self-worth core beliefs might take form as a result of unresolved trauma and internalised unpleasant events.


Signs of Codependence

Codependence is characterised by putting the needs of others ahead of one's own. Codependents lack boundaries, have poor self-worth and self-esteem, and interact with others through control, denial, surrender, and avoidance. Other symptoms include:

  • Putting other people's needs before your own, even if it means sacrificing your own. This is a form of self-abandonment and the craving of others' favour.

  • Having a lack of empathy for oneself or refusing to acknowledge the existence of one's own needs.

  • A failure to set limits or boundaries that are inconsistent.

  • A sense of remorse and humiliation for no apparent reason.

  • Being too concerned or distracted by other people on a regular basis.

  • Having a strong sense that one is unworthy.

  • Reluctance to assert oneself and instead giving others the upper hand; sometimes known as obligation, when this happens, feelings of anger or resentment often follow.

  • Imprecise verbal exchanges accompanied by an assumption that others should intuitively know what one means.

  • Manipulation, the silent treatment, withholding information, being dictatorial, demanding, or aggressive are all forms of controlling behaviour.

  • Letting someone else rule your self.

  • Exaggerated esteem for oneself or others.

  • Involvement in and maintenance of toxic or abusive relationships.

  • Putting up with another person's destructive or addictive habits by rationalising and excusing their actions.

  • Constantly giving false assurances and agreeing to things you really don't want to.

  • Worry that you will be abandoned, rejected, or condemned if you try to establish limits.

  • The inability to make up your mind and have faith in oneself.

  • Having a strong desire to save others and prevent them from suffering or failing. What this indicates is that you are shifting blame away from yourself and onto other people. Another manifestation of this is a persistent need to be rescued by another person.

  • The desire to be around narcissists.

  • Being obedient even if it means compromising your beliefs or principles.

Most of these signs and behaviours stem from an underlying self-doubt that one is unworthy of love, acceptance, joy, or achievement. When you believe you are not worthy, you focus on insecurity and shortage.

If, on the other hand, you have a solid sense of self-worth, you don't base it on whether you dominate others or whether you think you're better or worse than other people. You approach life with a sense of calm acceptance because you know that each and every person has a unique worth and deserves to be loved and accepted. Because of this, self-care and establishing appropriate limits in the workplace and in personal relationships become less of a struggle.


To be clear, one's self-worth comes from inside, while one's self-esteem and confidence stem from things like one's abilities, accomplishments, social standing, supportive relationships, and personal freedom. Low self-worth is possible despite high levels of esteem or confidence. This becomes clear when people achieve financial achievement, fame, or success in their jobs yet still feel unfulfilled.


Tips for Boosting Your Self-Worth

Pay attention to your feelings of exhaustion, load, resentment, control, and control. Recognise the temptation to give in to guilt or neglect yourself in order to take care of others, but resist the urge. Breathe deeply and focus on your self. Focus on your physical self and the core of your identity to learn what you need to thrive. Stick to your plan and treat yourself well every day, even if you don't feel like it. This will gradually alter your self-perception and how you handle yourself.


When your sense of self-worth is low, it's not always easy to make the choices that will ultimately boost your mood. It's possible that you're paralysed by guilt or negative self-talk. Having a reliable friend or counsellor help you get to the bottom of this situation is a good idea.


Even if you believe that your poor sense of self-worth is hardwired into your brain or based on your genetic code, you can change your reaction to codependent tendencies. Epigenetics has shown that not only do we physically inherit our parents' and grandparents' features, but also their behavioural preferences and ways of thinking. Altering both the internal and exterior environment can activate or silence certain genes. In addition, new synaptic connections can be formed and old ones changed at any age because to neural plasticity.



Resolving Codependency Issues

Without intervention, codependence is unlikely to go away and may even worsen. Therapy is the most effective treatment for overcoming codependency and traumatic experiences. While your brain is repairing from the trauma, you may strengthen your sense of self-worth and boundary-setting skills using these methods. The most important thing is to be reliable and to find a practitioner who can be a steady, caring presence in your life while still maintaining appropriate limits. You'll be better able to tell the difference between mutually beneficial interactions and unhealthy patterns of reliance.


Read more: explore Attachment Styles and Childhood Trauma and additional symptoms and causes of codependence.


You can practise everyday self - care to create good self - worth over time in addition to attending treatment and/or groups. Taking the time to sit in silence and reflect may help you get in touch with your emotions, clarify your boundaries, and stop ignoring your own needs. Everyday self-care and firm boundary setting will strengthen your sense of worth, allowing you to feel more secure and capable, both personally and in your relationships.



Final Words

Codependence is a dysfunctional pattern of prioritising other people's needs at your own expense. People with codependency have low self-worth, low self-esteem, lack boundaries, and relate to other people through control, denial, compliance, and avoidance. It can be mild, moderate, or severe.



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