Boundaries set the foundation of any relationship; whether it be with your partner, family members, friends or coworkers — we all have boundaries in place within each one. Sometimes these boundaries change over time as relationships get more intimate or they deteriorate. This is all perfectly normal, but it also seems easier said than done to set boundaries with people.
I personally used to struggle with setting boundaries and always felt the need I had to put others before myself. I liked to avoid conflict because I couldn’t be bothered with it and I just liked to please others. I’ve learned my lesson from that and know now that putting myself first is actually the boundary that always needs to be in place, especially when it comes to me going through a depressive or manic episode with bipolar disorder.
Here are five ways you can set a boundary without having to explain yourself too much: