Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You can do some things for yourself that will build on your treatment plan. In addition to professional treatment, follow these self-care tips:

  • Stick to your treatment plan, including keeping psychotherapy appointments and taking prescribed medications as directed.
  • Keep your doctor or mental health care provider's phone number handy, and tell him or her about all incidents related to self-injury.
  • Appoint a trusted family member or friend as the person you'll immediately contact if you have an urge to self-injure or if self-injuring behavior recurs.
  • Take appropriate care of your wounds if you do injure yourself or seek medical treatment if needed — call your relative or friend for help and support.
  • Don't share instruments used for self-injury, which raises the risk of infectious disease.
  • Ask your doctor for advice if you have sleep problems, which can significantly affect your behavior.
  • Learn how to include physical activity and relaxation exercises as a regular part of your daily routine.
Dec. 06, 2012