These 6 tips will help you set healthy boundaries in your romantic relationship

No matter how intimate your relationship with your partner is, you need to set certain boundaries to keep it healthy. Here’s how you can do it.
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Shreya Gupta Published: 5 Dec 2020, 16:27 pm IST
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Maintaining a healthy relationship might not be easy, but it is also not rocket science. Trust, communication, and optimum personal space are the necessities for a healthy relationship. And they can only be incorporated in your relationship, when you set boundaries.

Boundaries don’t mean you need to draw a line. Rather, it’s the complete opposite of it: they help you be comfortable in your relationships and grow together. While setting boundaries can be hard, these six tips can help you set boundaries to keep your relationship healthy and going.

1. Talk about your expectations

Expectations have the potential to break a relationship. So, discuss what you expect out of the relationship. This way false expectations won’t create a misunderstanding between you and bae.

2. Learn to say NO

Learning to say no to things you don’t want or have the time for is not only healthy for your relationship but also your mental health. Saying no will give them an understanding of what you are comfortable with and what you are not. Because when you keep signing up for things you are not comfortable with, especially to please your partner, you also leave the door open for resentment and bitterness.

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3. Take out time for yourself

Being in a relationship doesn’t mean that you need to spend all your time with your partner. Protecting your time, spending it with yourself, and working on your growth is equally important. So, don’t overcommit and set the boundaries right.

4. Be assertive

Asserting yourself and making your point in a non-aggressive way is the healthy way to go about it in a relationship. It is about standing up for yourself while respecting your partner’s opinion as well. This will give you a sense of your own identity and space for your relationship to thrive.

5. Social media activity

Getting clarity on the activities you can do with your partner is necessary. They might not want PDA on social media or might not be happy about posting all the details of your relationship online. So, know these things and set your boundaries right. To be honest, forcing them isn’t the way.

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6. Sharing is not always caring

Only share things with your partners that you are comfortable talking about. If you are not very comfortable talking about your finances or family matters, then take your time to open up to them. Talk to them about what you are comfortable with discussing, and what you are not.

When you don’t set such boundaries you end up feeling violated, which is not healthy for any relationship.

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