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,…

On Being Enough

It has been over a year and a half since I started a short course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This was immeasurably useful in taking a step back to examine my thought processes and how I come to terms with things around me. It enabled me to begin to understand why things affected me in…

28 Days of Self Care

This February I decided to set myself a challenge, to try and do a small act of self care each day: my 28 days of self care. I wanted a challenge that wouldn’t be too overwhelming, but would help me to reinforce good habits, and to notice and reap the rewards of self care.

Enjoyment (or the things I do which make me feel better)

Sometimes the idea of helping yourself feels like the most ridiculous notion in the world. When you feel like you have no worth, motivation or energy, it can be hard to fathom how to help yourself, when to find time or energy, or why you would even take the time to. However, it is the…