I think we would all agree, even great relationships are complicated. Whether we are talking about friends, roommates, romantic partners, parents, siblings, in-laws, they can be our greatest sources of love and support as well as stress and confusion. This is where boundaries come in. Boundaries are simply limits that help define us as complete and separate from another person. They can be physical, emotional, sexual, spiritual and mental. So many sources of relationship stress stem from a lack of boundaries or one person violating the boundaries of another. There are countless books, articles, blogs and websites that speak to the value of boundaries, how to set them, how to enforce them and the problems that can occur when they are violated. The above link is to one article that I think gives a good overview. As you read, I encourage you to think about how this applies to your relationships. Even though it can be uncomfortable to set new limits, it’s never too late to establish healthy relationship boundaries. In the long run, it will not only nourish you as an individual but will help build respectful, healthy, long-term relationships.