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  • Kumari Rajnigandha
  • Editorial, 05 Apr 2022, 18:26 IST

How To Set Healthy Boundaries For A Healthy Relationship

Communication is the key to setting healthy boundaries! Know what are the other ways to set healthy boundaries within a relationship! 
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  • Kumari Rajnigandha
  • Editorial, 05 Apr 2022, 18:26 IST
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When you develop weak boundaries, whether you've been married for six months or 10 years, you instantly build dependency and end up as an unhappy pair. For a healthy and happy relationship, it is essential to establish appropriate personal boundaries between you and your partner.

We often think of boundaries as something that drives others away, or that we're scared the other person will respond adversely or feel hurt. We are not, however, referring to such borders. Healthy boundaries in relationships are necessary for happiness because they define us and what is important in our lives, eliminating the drama that everyday misunderstandings may cause.

Our personal limits define our identity and uniqueness as individuals. Personal boundaries are the limitations and regulations that we establish for ourselves in relationships. A person with strong boundaries may say "no" to others when necessary, yet they are also receptive to closeness and personal connections.

While there are certain measures to follow when establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries, what works for one person may not work for another. You have your own patterns of conduct that you grow accustomed to before you discover a spouse. So bear in mind that you must be open and honest with your spouse about what is essential to you and assist them in adapting to your demands.

Non-Negotiables

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Each person has some non-negotiables, things that they cannot bear at all. It can also be called one’s dealbreakers. You ought to take these non-negotiables and dealbreakers of your partner as their boundary that you must not transcend at any cost. Whether it is abstaining from alcohol or just as simple as not sharing passwords,  boundaries need to be respected. If a partner constantly violates boundaries then the relationship is bound to go downhill. It is imperative that you and your partner know each other’s non-negotiables.

Communication Is The key

Strong communication is the backbone of any relationship. Communication is important even when it comes to setting boundaries. You will need to communicate it to your partner about your boundaries in a healthy manner such that your partner understands. Whether it is needing more space or it is about taking up responsibilities, communication certainly plays a major role. If you do not communicate your boundaries to your partner, they will not be able to understand. Your relationship will be much more positive if both the partners take time to communicate and understand each other’s boundaries and needs.

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Ask Questions To Yourself

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Creating limits isn't always simple, and if you're having trouble doing so, you should ask yourself some probing questions. Why am I scared? Is it a fear of offending my partner? Is it frightened to stand up for itself? Or is it apprehension about misunderstandings? Once you've determined the answer, you'll know what to focus on in order to achieve the final goal of establishing healthy limits.

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Creating Balance

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Setting clear limits in a relationship aids in the maintenance of the relationship's equilibrium. Lack of defined boundaries can cause an imbalance in the relationship dynamic, resulting in resentment, frustration displacement, and, finally, relationship dissolution. As a result, it is critical that you and your spouse discuss the boundaries openly and honestly and make an honest attempt to create a balance. Creating a balance is important in relationships and as soon as the relationship starts becoming lopsided, then problems start to arise. To avoid these kinds of relationship problems, you must seek to maintain balance in the relationship. 

 

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