1. I Have the Right to Express My Needs and Have Them Considered
A relationship sometimes means compromising between your needs and those of your partner(s), but you should always be able to say what you need and have your partner(s) consider how best to support you.
There’s a huge difference between “After talking it over and exploring different options, I don’t think I can do that for you” and “No, I’m not interested in expending my energy to support you.”
2. I Have the Right to a Balance of Give and Take
There are always times when one partner needs to support the other, whether it’s for an evening after a bad day, for a few days when one person is sick, or for months or years through a long-term illness or depression.
In general, though, times when you step up to support your partner should be balanced by times your partner steps up to support you.