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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Baylor chapter.

     As the pandemic marches on, we’re seeing more positive aspects emerging. People all over the country are getting vaccinated, a new healthcare bill is in the works, businesses are reopening, and COVID cases are going down. The vaccines that are being given out have allowed for more people to go out and live normal lives. Currently, there’s a good amount of people enjoying Spring Break in other places. But that doesn’t stop us from wanting to keep social distancing and follow the correct procedures. 

     I certainly want to stay healthy and was thankfully able to get a vaccine. I’m sure many of you want to stay healthy as well. Whether you have the vaccine or not, you may be thinking about how you spend your time and who you should be around. If you’re not comfortable going out just yet, here’s some tips on how to set boundaries for yourself and others. 

  1. Be honest with everyone around you about what you feel comfortable attending- There’s no shame in standing up for yourself. If a place looks too crowded or people are not wearing masks, don’t be afraid to suggest leaving. If your friends are real, they will be by your side and listen to what you have to say. Writing down some boundaries and guidelines for yourself can help you explain to your friends and family. 

  2. Take time for yourself- It’s definitely been said before but taking time for yourself to be alone is needed. Don’t feel compelled to go out when you don’t feel safe. We have the perfect excuse to not go out: the CDC guidelines. Showing others that you care enough about yourself to know when you need a break is a power move. You’re not only taking care of your body, mind, and soul; you’re keeping others safe as well. 

  3. Communication is key- Communicating your boundaries to others is very important. Define what you deem is safe and then talk to your friends and family. Discuss clearly what you feel comfortable doing. Also ask them what they feel comfortable with. This is a great way to connect more and show how much you respect one another. 

  4. Remember, it’s okay to say no- You reserve the right to say no to anything you don’t feel safe or comfortable doing. Saying no to your friends can be hard but they should respect what you determine is your boundary. By doing so, you’re being assertive and putting yourself first.

  5. Try to manage anxiety and stress- It can be worrisome to tell a family member or friend that you don’t feel safe seeing them yet. The only person you can control is yourself. If someone refuses to compromise or respect your wishes, you can’t control that. All you can do is try to distance yourself and manage the stress in a healthy way. 


     I hope these tips help you set boundaries with those special people in your life. The pandemic is still a real thing. If you’re someone who isn’t fond of the idea of going out, you’re not alone. Many people have loved ones who are high risk and still can’t get the vaccine. Think of those who couldn’t be helped, for those who lost their jobs, and for those who are still fighting COVID. Always wear a mask and wash your hands.

Mercedes is a senior, Sociology major at Baylor University. Mercedes is from Oceanside, California, a little bit north of San Diego. Her interests are playing with makeup, trying new restaurants, and driving around blasting music. Her career goals include going to law school to become a family or immigration lawyer or opening a homelessness recovery center.