Taking Care of Yourself

When you have borderline personality disorder (BPD), there are things you can do every day to take care of yourself. Here are some helpful tips recommended by the National Institute of Mental Health:

  • Talk to your doctor about treatment options and stick with treatment.
  • Try to maintain a stable schedule of meals and sleep times.
  • Engage in mild activity or exercise to help reduce stress.
  • Set realistic goals for yourself.
  • Break up large tasks into small ones, set some priorities, and do what you can, as you can.
  • Try to spend time with other people and confide in a trusted friend or family member.
  • Tell others about events or situations that may trigger your symptoms. They can be a source of support.
  • Expect your symptoms to improve gradually, not immediately. It may take time, but you can get better with treatment.
  • Identify and seek out comforting and supportive situations, places, and people.
  • Continue to educate yourself about BPD.