Most of us all have something in common:
Trauma doesn’t have to be in the form of PSTD — you don’t need to have witnessed a car wreck or almost drowned to have experienced some level of trauma. Trauma is something that has happened to a lot of us — perhaps we’re not even aware that it is trauma. Maybe your parents got divorced when you were little, and as their child, you felt torn between two people — that’s trauma. Maybe you’ve been in a toxic and abusive relationship that lasted for years — that’s trauma. Or maybe you lost someone close to you, like a parent, child, or close friend — that can be trauma too.
Often when bad things happen to us, we can’t help it. But sometimes, trauma can arise from toxic relationships in our lives — relationships that have no boundaries, where people can step all over you because you haven’t told them otherwise.
Establishing boundaries is so important, not just with your friends and significant other but also with coworkers and even family members. If we are constantly pulled and stretched by the voices around us, telling us what to do, how are we going to listen to our own voice? How do we be ourselves?
My guest on the podcast today knows all about establishing boundaries. On our last interview on The School of Greatness, she shared that she had just set some boundaries with her parents — let’s check in and see where she’s at and what more she has to teach us.