RCCS Tidbit of the Month: Setting Boundaries

The following post is from our Recovery-Centered Clinical System (RCCS) Tidbit of the Month series. Each month, the RCCS Steering Committee creates practices to support our recovery culture within our programs and among staff. Click here to learn more about the RCCS.

RCCS Tidbit of the Month: Boundaries

A Component of the Five Awarenesses of the RCCS Program Culture

Establishing clear boundaries about what you are willing to tolerate is crucial to maintaining your well-being. In this month's RCCS Tidbit, we offer ideas on setting boundaries with others that can help you maintain a balance between assuming the best of others while being transparent about your needs and safety.

Assuming the Best in Others

Remember that you can choose to give others the benefit of the doubt. Assuming the best in others can make you feel happier, less stressed, and less anxious. When you feel better, your interactions with others are more likely to be positive.

Your Right to Set Boundaries

You have the right to set your limits and boundaries in all relationships. You can ask for what you need, want, and deserve. Respect others' boundaries, and expect that they will honor yours.

Examining Your Fears

If you find it difficult to set a boundary, you may want to examine some of your fears. These fears may include conflict, failure, disapproval by others, hurting someone's feelings, and fears of being isolated or alone.


Three-Step Guide

Take the time to watch the in this post. Explore the suggested three-step guide to setting boundaries at work:

  1. Identify the boundaries you need to set.

  2. Think about how and when to make the boundary statement.

  3. Stick to the boundaries you set.