Healthy boundaries are those boundaries that are set to make sure you are mentally and emotionally stable. Our boundaries might be rigid, loose, somewhere in between, or even non-existent.
The easiest way to think about a boundary is a property line. We have all seen “No Trespassing” signs, which send a clear message that if you violate that boundary, there will be a consequence. This type of boundary is easy to picture and understand because you can see the sign and the border it protects. Personal boundaries can be harder to define because the lines are invisible, can change, and are unique to each individual.
The importance of setting boundaries for yourself is: to practice self-care and self-respect; to communicate your needs in a relationship; to make time and space for positive interactions; and to set limits in a relationship in a way that is healthy.