Personal boundaries are the limits we place on our interactions with others. Boundaries are crucial in ensuring your relationships with others are mutually supportive, respectful and caring. A person with soft or weak boundaries is vulnerable to manipulation and can be taken advantage of (ie being forced to loan money to someone), and a person with rigid or hard boundaries can keep people at a distance by building emotional walls. It is much easier to have firm boundaries that lighten up over time than to start with weak boundaries and try to tighten them up. Establishing healthy boundaries is the best way to protect yourself from burnout, and consistency is key. Say no to things you aren’t able to do and then enforce it. Each time you stick to your guns you send the message that you are serious about your boundaries and it gets easier.