5 Healthy Steps for Setting Boundaries in Dating

Realise that by trying to set boundaries in dating, you’re protecting yourself, and that’s a good thing. If your discussion brings up any backlash or feelings of guilt, then you need to take care of yourself, says Twardowski. Leave and go outside or practice yoga if that’s more your style. “Do something to help yourself get re-centered, and don’t spend too much (or any) energy focusing on what happened,” she says. Speaking up for yourself should never make you feel bad, and if another person makes you feel this way, they don’t deserve to be dating you.

If you’re not sure you feel ready to have this conversation with the person you’re dating quite yet, practice on a friend. After all, the more you communicate your needs, the more it will become second nature.

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