Our relationships with others, especially those closest to us, are key to our sense of wellness and contentment.
Belonging to a family or close group of friends is a great gift, but it can also be an obligation.
Dealing with difficult members, navigating complex relationship dynamics, peer pressure and in the case of families, caring for elderly or sick parents and raising children, can get overwhelming at times.
The way to not only survive these challenges but to thrive in them is by first recognising the importance of setting appropriate boundaries and second becoming honest with what the relationship is doing for you.
No matter what your relationship status is and whether you have children or not, learning how to effectively navigate these connections is important on a systemic level. In other words, how others affect you and how you affect others.