Whether you’re dealing with romantic partners, family, friends, or coworkers, maintaining healthy boundaries can help you strengthen relationships, avoid unhealthy connections, and improve your self-esteem and overall well-being.
You might hear the word “boundaries” and imagine walls that separate you from other people
Boundaries can include restrictions on physical actions, such as asking a roommate or partner not to look through your phone or not to interrupt when you’re working from home.
help keep you comfortable and safe, not just when you’re dealing with strangers, but also when you’re interacting with those closest to you
could involve anything from asking for consent before being physically intimate to checking in with your partner’s comfort level during sex.
ensure that others are respectful of your emotional well- being and internal comfort level. When setting an emotional boundary,
Rather than eating lunch at your desk or alone in your home, head out to a restaurant, coffee shop, or shopping mall food court
extend to your belongings, such as money, clothing, car, or home. If you’re a charitable person, you might have a hard time saying “no” to people who want to borrow items
allow you to focus on your priorities at work and in your personal life without feeling crowded by other people’s needs and wants.