Panicked

I never thought I suffered from panic attacks. Whenever I imagined panic attacks I would think about hysterical people hyperventilating into paper bags, and I certainly hadn’t done that. The week before last I had seven panic attacks. So, yes I do suffer from them. Usually I would suffer about seven in a month, so…

Resilience

Fortune & Cupcakes has been very quiet over the past few months. This hasn’t been due to lack of ideas and inspiration, but actually the opposite- I’ve been through so much it has taken me so long to process and recover from an exceptionally busy period in my life. I think it would be easier…

My Five Small Steps in Maintaining Good Mental Health

You don’t have to have depression, anxiety, BPD, PTSD or any other diagnosis to practice good mental health. In today’s world, full of its unique pressures, self care and looking after ourselves is important. Having an awareness of our mental health is crucially important to its upkeep. Many of you may do this without thinking,…

Recovery Part 1: A day in the life of an anxious depressive. 

Content Warning: depression, anti-depressants, suicidal thoughts, self harm. I recently started a course of citalopram, with diazepam when needed. It’s the first time I’ve been on antidepressants since I was younger, and had a very difficult time on fluoxetine. They make me anxious. However, after three weeks of being on them they are working really…

Celebrate doing the small things you love!

This week is Mental Health Awareness week. My blog has been fairly stagnant over the last year, but I deemed this an important reason to kickstart my writing again. I have blogged on and off over the years about my own journey with my mental health and about larger initiatives such as World Suicide Prevention…

Festive Cheer (?)

Around the festive period last year, I published a short piece about how it is okay not to be okay over Christmas. There is a huge amount of expectation placed on everyone to have a good, fulfilling time. Financial and social pressures soar through the roof. Gatherings are often alcohol fuelled, and the food (although…