We've all heard the phrase ‘laughter is the best medicine’. When you're laughing or smiling it's really difficult to feel negative emotions and the benefits of laughing include reducing stress, releasing endorphins and increasing energy. And these are just a few. There is loads of research which shows how it can help burn calories, increase your mental wellbeing, relax the body and mind and also improve cardiac health.

At Bloom, one of our key values is ‘fun’. We are a group of volunteers, who in our spare time help others achieve t...

From Mid-March this year, life as we knew it changed significantly. The lockdown created an influx of people at home watching traditional TV with linear viewing increased by 30% y-o-y at the start of lockdown. This was initially good news for the health of TV yet the state restricting movement meant that the majority of TV production came to a complete halt.

Live studio daytime shows such as This Morning managed to adapt extremely quickly to the new regulations. Minimal crew, a couple of presenters and guests interviewed via video calls meant this...

From condoms to implants to vaginal rings to the pill, for many women, deciding what contraceptive to take is a minefield. Unfortunately it's usually a test and learn process that is not very pleasant, and the only way you can find out side effects from the pill is by asking your doctor – who can only relay his/her patient’s experiences. Or by asking their group of friends, and we all know one friend's experience with one contraceptive is sometimes the complete opposite to another's. Both are useful, but small sample sizes.

This is...

I’m a bit of a planner. I’d love to say I’m a ‘go with the flow, ride that merry rollercoaster that is life’ kind of a lady, but the truth is I’m more of a ‘let’s make a list and get some rough timings down’ kind of a gal. 

So, you won’t be surprised to read that my first pregnancy was planned. It was planned to come at a time when I was comfortable taking a year out of the workplace, at a time when I felt I could pull off a successful re-entry and actually enjoy life as a working mum. Us planners like a bit of research, so throughout my pregnancy...

I’m an intelligent, hard-working, grown-up woman. I’ve got years of experience in my field, and plenty of reaffirming feedback from those I’ve worked with. So why, every time I get an unscheduled call from a client, do I assume it’s because they want to fire me? 

Then there’s the silence after I’ve submitted a quote for a new project. Why haven’t they responded? It must be because I quoted too high. They probably think I’m ridiculous. What was I thinking? They’ll probably just do it themselves, after all, it’s not rocket science. 

Sound familiar? I...

Inclusive, Diversity, Representation. Whatever you call it, does it truly make my life better or easier? You talk about diversity and create campaigns and slogans to demonstrate that you are  ‘WOKE’.

I have some questions for you;

  • What conversations have occurred in order for you to create these initiatives?

  • Did you understand the significance of why representation and diversity are important?

  • Is the person leading the diversity policy, campaign, strategy, etc truly the best person for the job?

  • Would they benefit from the policy?

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I think it goes without saying: the creative industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is not unique, nearly all sectors are feeling the wave of turbulence and uncertainty, but almost every

creative I speak to has the same story: work disappeared immediately; there is nothing on the horizon;

and a huge number are falling through the cracks of government support.

However, sometimes chaos can be the perfect incubator for creativity and innovation. Journalists have

been quick to cite that some of the major companies right now were born foll...

At the junction of Sidney Street and Black Boy Road in Exeter you’ll find some

underground public toilets – half-way between where an old boyfriend lived and

University. In 2000/01, I spent a fair amount of time in those loo’s, having a mixture of

absences and panic attacks, ensuring that if I had a fit or a blackout I wouldn’t have an

accident and generally attempting to get some semblance of air back in my lungs so I

didn’t fall over. Sat in those toilets was the first time I remember linking my epilepsy to

my mental health.

I was first diagnosed with...

It feels like I’m watching a silent car crash from a distance. 

I keep telling myself, be patient. 

You’re lucky. 

You get to spend quality time with your two little boys.

Yet, I find it hard to stay positive. My sense of self is slowly slipping away as I take a step back from my business and search for a corporate job, gloomy thoughts start to creep in and the isolation feels unbreakable.

With hiring freezes at most brands and agencies, competition is higher than ever, imposter syndrome is spiraling out of control, my youngest becomes ill with what c...

My OCD journey

I have OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I’m going to explain what that means, because not enough people understand, or they think it’s the quirky ‘neatness’ and colour coding of underwear that the mainstream media and the casual misuse of the term (I’m sooo OCD’) would lead you to believe. This lack of understanding means too many people suffer in silence. Like I did for over 10 years.

Obsessions are intrusive and scary thoughts that you become haunted/obsessed by (i.e the thought of dying from cancer, images of murdering your sp...

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