Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) - Self-care
What self-care and management skills can I try?
You might find some of the following things helpful:
- Make sure you speak to a doctor if you think that your relationships with others are being affected.
- Think about how you will benefit from making changes to your lifestyle.
- Don’t pay too much attention to the name of the illness. BPD is a common condition and it is not meant to label you or to suggest that your situation won’t change.
- If you’re offered group therapy or support, give it a chance. It may seem intimidating to start with but a lot of people find it helpful in the long-run.
- If something annoys or upsets you, try to wait a while before responding.
- Try to find ways of relaxing. Meditation, breathing techniques, listening to music and exercising may be helpful.
- Look for patterns in the ways you respond to things that upset you. This may help you to work through problems in relationships.
- If you self-harm to deal with distress, think of other ways to deal with this. Try punching a pillow or writing about how you feel.
- Use an online mental health forum. Make sure that you check with a mental health professional how trustworthy the website is for helpful information on BPD.
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