Healthy boundaries are vital to a healthy relationship.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced all of us to change how we work, live, and socialize. The work-life balance is a struggle for most of us, as we handle back-to-back Zoom meetings and emails, with barely any time for breaks and healthy meals. Enjoying privacy at home is challenging as all family members are home, and children are homeschooling. We have all been tested at how skilled we are at setting boundaries with people in our lives- our bosses, co-workers, family, and friends. It’s something everyone is experiencing one way or another.
What’s more, socializing with friends and family is harder because everyone has different comfort levels, and expectations vary when hanging out in a pandemic. If you feel like you’re drowning in work, exhausted at home, or experiencing more anger and anxiety in your relationships than ever before, you may need to take care of your emotional well-being by practicing boundary setting.
Unfortunately, setting boundaries in relationships may not be as straightforward because we often associate relationships with an idealistic open space, where we are both allowed to be open and honest with each other. I agree that being free and open with your spouse, friends, and families is crucial.