The Science and Soul of Living Well

Setting and Maintaining Boundaries as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

October 20, 2021

In today's episode, I briefly review what "high sensitivity" means. I also discuss different kinds of boundaries and containers that can help you thrive as an HSP. I also share examples of common barriers that many HSPs face in cultivating lifestyles that support boundaries and containers. I also offer some concrete tips and actionable strategies for for setting and maintaining boundaries as an HSP, including 1) ways to stay balanced in your life and consistently implement meaningful self-care practices that keep high sensitivity in mind, 2) ways to regularly tune into your inner landscape of thoughts, emotions, and sensations, 3) ways to use your inner awareness to identify what you need/want in terms of boundaries/containers, 4) ways to articulate and skillfully communicate to others what you need/want when it comes to boundaries/containers.

Additional Resources & Information

  1. Because HSPs are so attuned to the external environment and tend to be highly conscientious, they can at times struggle with perfectionism. If this sounds like you, download free 49-page workbook "A Guided Self-Assessment: Understanding Perfectionistic Tendencies" ( and check-out the accompanying 3-part perfectionism series on the podcast (Episodes 28, 29, and 30).

  2. If you're interested in personalized support in understanding and navigating high sensitivity in a compassionate way that nourishes your unique needs and strengths, check out my 1:1 Coaching Program and if the fit is right, apply today for one of my final 2 spots for 2021:

  3. If you are interested in a free consultation to chat about whether the 1:1 program may be right for you, feel free to email me at to set-up a time to connect. I'd love to hear from you!

  4. For more strategies that can support you in regulating your nervous system and building resilience as an HSP, check out my free 4-part video series on building resilience:

  5. Follow @drfoynes on Instagram for more tips on gaining insight into and thriving as a highly sensitive person.

Please note that the information provided in this episode does not constitute professional advice or therapy, mental health services, or health care services, & is not intended to serve as a substitute for professional advice or services. If you are struggling with a mental health crisis or need immediate assistance, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

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