BPD and coping skills

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1 music

2 do an activity

3 deep breathing

4 join a support group

5 practice patience

6 help someone else

7 mindfulness

8 pray


9 confide in someone

10 identify your self-harm triggers

11 find new coping mechanisms

12 adapt a healthy rhythm and diet

13 pay attention to how you feel

14 recognize which emotions came first

15 use self-talk in a positive way

16 analyze your own feelings

17 find self-soothinbg activities

18 expose yourself to difficult experiences

19 exercise

20 write

21 draw

22 be with other people

23 watch tv

24 post on themighty.com

25 go see a movie

26 do a crossword

27 do research

28 play a musical instrument

29 paint nails, do make-up or hair

30 sing

31 study the sky

32 punch a pillow

33 let yourself cry

34 take a nap if you're tired

35 take a hot shower

36 play with a pet

37 go shopping

38 clean something

39 make friendship bracelets

40 read a good book

41 listen to music

42 aromatherapy

43 meditate


44 go somewhere very public

45 bake cookies

46 paint

47 shoot hoops

48 write a letter

49 hyperfocus on something

50 make hot chocolate

51 make a sculpture

52 go for a nice long drive

53 complete something you've been putting off


54 draw on yourself with a marker

55 take up a new hobby

56 look at pretty things

57 create something

58 make a list of blessings in your life

59 go to a friend's house


60 ride a bicycle

61 color

62 write a poem

63 stretch/exercise

64 "shop" online

65 color-coordinate your wardrobe

66 make playlist on spotify

67 avoid something for 15 minutes, then do again


68 try to make as many words out of your name as possible

69 sort through/edit photos

70 give yourself a facial

71 start a collection

72 play video games

73 clean up trash at a local park

74 look at yourlifevoice.org

75 text an old friend

76 look up new words and use them

77 rearrange furniture

78 smile at five people

79 go for a walk


80 do a puzzle

81 clean your room/closet

82 try to do a handstand/cartwheel

83 jump rope

84 yoga/pilates

85 learn a new language

86 hug a family member/friend

87 search online for new artists/songs

88 make list of goals-daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, 5 years

89 perform a random act of kindness