Happiness Not Hysteria: 25/03/2020

Hello everyone and Happy Humpday! Here at The Hysteria Collective, we have decided to start a new 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 fourth 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. This edition is mainly going to focus on what The Hysteria Collective is doing to try and keep everyone creative and occupied, but will also include the usual positive news stories, funny videos and recommendations. I hope it makes you smile!

Happy News!

  • Woman Born in Cambridgeshire Pub Returns For First Pint- A teenager has travelled 4,678 miles to have her first legal drink in the Cambridgeshire Pub where she was unexpectedly born 18 years ago. Isobel Casey’s mother Nicola went into labour at the Hartford Mill pub in Wyton, Cambridgeshire, on 14 February, 2002. The family moved to Vancouver, Canada, in 2006, but always vowed to return to mark the coming-of-age moment. Her dad Neil said: “She’ll have a pint of Greene King IPA. It’s our heritage.”
  • Thousands Volunteer to Help NHS With Vulnerable- 250,000 people have signed up in a single day to volunteer with the NHS after a recruitment drive to help the vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis. The volunteers are needed for delivering food and medicines, driving patients to appointments and phoning the isolated. The scheme is one of a number aimed at relieving pressure on the NHS. As well as this around 11,000 former medics have agreed to return to the health service and more than 24,000 final year student nurses and medics will join them. To all of the NHS, Volunteers, and Students joining the frontline early, we must say a huge thank you!

What We’re Watching!

  • All of The Bright Places, Netflix- If you’re still trying to fill that The Fault in Our Stars shaped hole in your heart? This might just do it. Based on an internationally bestselling novel, All The Bright Places tells the story of two teenagers who meet and change each other’s lives forever. This compelling drama provides a refreshing and human take on the experience of mental illness, its impact on relationships, as well as the beauty and lasting impact of young love!
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race, Netflix- Netflix has the entire 11 seasons of legendary drag show Ru Paul’s Drag Race at your fingertips and a bonus new season on the way. With a format similar to America’s Next Top Model, we watch drag queens make their own outfits, perform acting, dance and singing challenges and fight off in fierce lipsynch battles to avoid being eliminated and claim the crown. A series filled with non-stop drama and laughs, it is definitely worth the watch!
  • Atypical, Netflix- This heartfelt comedy follows Sam, a teenager on the autism spectrum, who has decided he is ready for romance. To start dating — and hopefully find love — Sam will need to be more independent, which also sends his mother on her own life-changing path. She and the rest of Sam’s family, including his older sister and father seeking a better understanding of his son, must adjust to change and explore what it means to be normal. If you need something heartwarming to watch, this is perfect, you’ll find yourself forming and the breaking alliances with characters as well as rooting for Sam all the way! Watch the trailer below…

What We’re Reading!

Here at the Hysteria Collective, we have set up a virtual book club! Every two weeks a different member will be choosing a book! We will post on the page who is picking and they will comment what book to read! We will then have a post where reviews and comments can be shared. Books by female authors encouraged but not mandatory! The first book has been chosen by The Hysteria Collective’s founder and Editor, Imy Brighty-Potts. This week Imy has chosen ‘If Women Rose Rooted’ by Sharon Blackie! It is currently available on Amazon as a paperback or kindle edition, Happy Reading! 


Recipies To Get You Cooking!

With pasta currently being as difficult to get hold of as gold dust, here is how to make your own.

Happy Thoughts To Get You Through!

What We’re Listening To!

Our very own Imy Brighty-Potts has recently launched her own podcast, From The Comfort Of Your Own Home With IBP. Here is the first episode:

Creative Prompts!

  • Letters From Lockdown- Everyday we are in lockdown, The Hysteria Collective are going to publish a 400-500 word letter from one of our writers, to someone, something, or just a letter to yourself. Sign up will be below and you may sign up for two slots, but they cannot be on consecutive days. Letters must be in pending on our website by 5pm so they can be published by 7pm. These can be positive, emotional, whatever. The ball is in our creators court. We would love to include drawings and photos in them too. Please sign up here to get involved and comment if you have any questions. We hope this will be a really broad and fulfilling project.


Putting Pen to Paper: An Isolation Poetry Competition- Over this week, we are going to be holding an isolation poetry competition judged by our whole editorial team! We are by no means experts but we want to set some deadlined challenges for a little structure! So, email a poem, with isolation poetry in the subject to us. All work must be entirely yours and not published elsewhere! All entrants will have their work put on The Hysteria Collective website and the winner will feature in our newsletter, and on our instagram! There are no restrictions on the types of work we will take, just make it poetry! Pass this on to any friends who may also be keen to enter! Send all submissions to thehysteriacollective@gmail.com by 7pm on Friday 27th March.


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 it’s 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 rest of the week, stay safe, stay productive, wash your hands and be kind. We’ll be back soon with more recommendations and happy news stories. For now, here is an easy home workout to get you moving, boost your endorphins and put a big smile back on your face!

Lots of Love,

The Hysteria Collective x

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