Healthy relationships involve honesty, trust, respect and open communication between partners. They take effort and compromise from both people. There is no imbalance of power and there is no desire for control. In a healthy relationship, partners respect each other's independence, can make their own decisions without fear of retribution or retaliation, and share decisions.
If your partner tries to minimize your needs or violates the boundaries you established, then they aren’t showing you the respect and trustworthiness you deserve.
Setting and respecting boundaries is essential to any and every healthy relationship. It is important that partners feel comfortable expressing their wants, needs, goals, fears, and limits, and everyone’s boundaries are honored. Everyone deserves to feel comfortable communicating their needs without fear of what another person will do in response.
Consent is fluid. It can be given and taken back at any time.
Watch this video to increase your understanding of what consent really means.
Important steps to take toward self-awareness are:
Understanding the cycle of anger
Recognizing your own triggers
Knowing how you respond
Determining what works for you to manage your triggers
Developing a system for routine self-care