#TakeNoteTuesday Protecting Your Peace

“Ships don’t sink because of the water around them. Ships sink because of the water that gets in them.”

There are individuals in life who seem like they were created to suck the energy out of you. They come in and disrupt your life with their problems, their insecurities, their needs; the list just doesn’t end. There’s probably a part of you that feels honored that you’re their go-to and another part that feels somewhat responsible for keeping them appeased.

However, when you give too much of yourself to everyone else, there’s nothing left for you to hold onto. Don’t play with your peace. At some point, those people have to learn how to take care of themselves or stop projecting their issues on you, and you’ve got to stop being so available. Boundaries were created for a reason. They both literally and figuratively mark limits, a line that divides what you will and will not allow. Here are five tips on how to create those limits in your own life:

Take a social media break: Ever since the popularization of social apps, society has become slightly obsessed with scrolling and staying up-to-date with what their friends and strangers have going on. It may be time to delete those apps for a while and give your brain, eyes, and most of all, emotions a break. Constantly spending large portions of your day swiping through pictures and statuses has been proven to stir up feelings of depression and make us feel alone.

Whether we admit it or not, we’ve become consumed with comparing our lives to the people we follow on the internet. When it seems like our lives aren’t measuring up to the lives that others have cropped and filtered, we become discouraged or anxious. Reclaiming your peace may be as simple as