Happiness Not Hysteria: 21/03/2020

Hello everyone and Happy Weekend! Here at The Hysteria Collective, we have decided to start a new weekly series to get us through this difficult time. With more and more people self-isolating, practising social distancing or just generally spending more time at home, we realise how isolating this can be and the constant onslaught of negative news isn’t helping. So welcome to the second in our series of Happiness, not Hysteria, we’ll be sharing what we are watching, what we are reading, what we are cooking and what we’re listening to as well as sharing some positive news stories.

Happy News!

After seeing this news story about three self-isolating grannies; Doreen, Caroline and Dotty, who have decided to self-isolate together in one house, with a lot of wine to beat loneliness in this time I couldn’t not share it with you all…

We love these wine-loving grandmas!

Just before schools across Britain closed their doors on Friday, students in St Edward’s Catholic Primary in Coleshill, Warwickshire, helped Mr Wayne, propose to fellow teacher Miss Jones. Tom Wayne and Cerys Jones, both 30, have been together for a year and a half after they met at the same school. Mr Wayne began rehearsing in December with his Year 5 class. On Wednesday, they serenaded Miss Jones and turned over cards saying “will you marry me?”

How cute!

What We’re Watching!

  • How To Get Away With Murder, Netflix– A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defence professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives. An addictive series that is definitely worth the binge.
  • The Undateables, Channel 4, 9pm Wednesday- The latest series of this uplifting program is currently airing on Channel 4 at 9pm on Wednesday evenings. “The Undateables,” tells the story of people who cope with challenging and often-misunderstood ailments participate in the dating world. With the help of a personal-introduction service and a dating agency, these guys and gals search for love in a world where image, really, isn’t everything. It is the perfect tonic to fight those hump-day blues!
  • Next in Fashion, Netflix- Hosted by Tan France and Alexa Chung. over 10 episodes, 18 fashion designers compete in rounds based on design trends and styles that influence what people wear worldwide. similar to Project Runway, the contestants are all professionals who have been dressing celebs and working with major fashion houses. the winner receives $250,000 and the chance to debut a collection with luxury fashion retailer, Net-a-Porter.

What We’re Reading!

Instead of sharing book recommendations all of the time, we’re also going to be sharing shorter reads in the form of blogs and articles, in case you fancy you’re reading material in a more bitesize portion…

  • Anything at all written by Caitlin Moran– Caitlin Moran was a published author at the age of 16 and has been writing for The Times since 1992, winning a host of British Press Awards for her work. Caitlin writes a weekly column on Saturdays, and her revered Celebrity Watch appears every Friday.


Recipes To Get You Cooking!

Here are some brilliant self-isolation meal ideas from John Torode from his feature on This Morning!

Happy Thoughts To Get You Through!

What We’re Listening To!

We’ve updated our playlist!

This week we’ve been listening to Zac Brown Band and Hits from the 80s.

We also wanted to share with you our fave podcast, The High Low, it is hosted by Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes. The High Low is a weekly pop-culture and current affairs podcast. It can be found on Spotify.

Creative Prompts!

Getting creative is one of the best ways to beat boredom! here are some ideas that I’ve found or come up with to get creative and beat the boredom.

  • The 30 Day Lego Challenge- This challenge has been doing the rounds on Facebook, although it is probably aimed at children, who doesn’t love LEGO? the aim of the challenge is to follow the calendar and to make a new LEGO creation each day.
  • Keep a journal, it will help you rationalise your feeling but is also a brilliant creative outlet.
  • Learn a TikTok dance!


We understand that this time may trigger anxiety, depression or feeling of isolation for many people so we are going to do our bit in the fight against mental health by sharing some helpful contacts should you need them. Please remember its okay not to be okay especially with all of this uncertainty.

  • Mind- 0300 123 3393
  • PAPYRUS- 0800 068 4141
  • SANE- 0300 304 7000
  • SAMARITANS- 116 123

All that is left to say is have a lovely weekend, stay safe, wash your hands and be kind. We’ll be back soon with more recommendations and happy news stories. For now, here are some amazing self-isolating pensioners playing hungry hippos… it’s bound to give you a giggle!

Lots of Love,

The Hysteria Collective x

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