In my practice as a relationship coach, I am forever explaining that relationships are about boundaries. Even with the people whom you are the closest to, you must set limits at times. Maybe you need space to be alone because you’ve had an especially stressful day. Maybe you are uncomfortable with a sports activity someone is begging you to join. Perhaps someone is urging you to have dessert and you want to skip it. Or is someone speaking to you in an unacceptable way? Whatever situation you are in with another person, give yourself permission to draw the line, set the limit, and say, “No.”
The sooner you learn to set boundaries, the sooner you will reclaim your life. A life without boundaries means you are living someone else’s life, not your own.