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Setting healthy boundaries with family and friends can be challenging, but there are several ways to do it effectively.

Some suggestions include:

  • Understanding that your needs are important
  • Seeking out people who value you
  • Being firm but kind
  • Talking to a therapist before talking to your family
  • Practicing setting boundaries
  • Being realistic
  • Not reacting to negative responses
  • Being willing to negotiate
  • Pausing if the conversation becomes heated

Remember that setting boundaries takes time and patience, and it may require reinforcement over time.