Set Boundaries With Your Family
With Easter coming up, you're likely going home to visit family and eat your weight in chocolate (no, just me?). If seeing family isn't something that you generally look forward to, Bustle says that there are ways to set boundaries with your family in order to make the holiday a little more enjoyable for you.
- Know that "No" is enough and your family is no exception to that being a completely reasonable response to asking for a favor, your time or anything else that might be asked of you.
- Use "I" statements to help get your point across with your family members. "I" statements can feel less threatening and less like an attack towards the person that you're talking to. They are much more likely to listen if you tell them how they have been making you feel.
- Don't take their reactions personally if they don't like what you have to say or don't like that you're setting up boundaries with them. Their reaction does not mean that you are doing something wrong. You have every right to make these boundaries for the sake of your own well-being.
You might think that you're stuck with your family forever, but if they are hurting you and your mental health is taking a hit, you definitely have the right to set boundaries and look out for yourself first and foremost.