BLOOM PODCAST: GET THROUGH TOUGH TIMES
AND FIND YOUR MOJO
When bad things happen, how do we bloom?
How can we get through what life serves up?
What can we learn from people who do it well?
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INTRODUCTION TO THE BLOOM PODCAST
When bad things happen, how do we bloom? How can we get through what life serves up? What can we learn from people who do it well?
Featuring practical advice, reflections, speculation, intelligent chat and silly jokes. Hosts Dr Steve (Clinical Hypnotherapist) and Susie (writer, cake baker, parent, cancer patient) are joined by interesting guests who know their stuff.
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BLOOMCAST TRAILER (3 MINS)
In which Steve pretends not to know what’s going on, and Susie tries to keep the show on the road (as usual). A little taster to see if you like it – meet us and find out more about the Bloomcast!
EPISODE 8: SUPPORT, GRIEF AND FUNERALS
How do we offer support during tough times? We talk about flowers, food, thoughts and prayers. Is is better to do the wrong thing or nothing at all? We chat about stages of grief, the benefits of sorting through stuff and why it’s not good to discuss an autopsy in a busy café. Guest Rachael Angus opens a window on death care, supporting families and how she handles the sadness of the grief cycle.
EPISODE 7: THE YEAR OF THE BREAST
Susie tells Steve about her diagnosis and treatment for cancer, including what it was like going through chemotherapy during lockdown and why Bernie Ecclestone was in her fridge.
EPISODE 6: WHAT FLAVOUR IS YOUR THERAPY? AND THE ANXIOUS SHRINK
Worries, significant worries, and being a parent. How is it possible there are more than 150 types of talking therapies?! Why did Steve become a hypnotherapist and does it work? We chat with guest Dr Mark Cross (the Anxious Shrink) about anxiety, connection and families
EPISODE 5: SELF LOVE (NOT THE FUN KIND!) AND EMPTY NESTS
Susie and Steve talk about self love (not the fun kind!), maintaining good self esteem and social media as a force for good. And it’s Father’s Day! We riff on empty nesters and how parents become people again. Guest Daniel Bowen (dad of two) talks about the joy of choosing his own music and sadness as kids move on and out
EPISODE 4: WHY CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?
How to get through when you’re not getting along. Steve plays Agony Aunt, and reckons he’s better at it than the real ones. Guest Jackie Wise (dispute and conflict resolution specialist) explains why being nice isn’t enough, and offers some practical tips on talking through difficult issues
EPISODE 3: WHAT COLOUR IS YOUR WORLD?
Is Steve a racist? Susie is a Woman of Colour! What do our race, ethnicity and family backgrounds bring to how we approach the world? Guest Alice Pung chats about wolf-whistles, writing her family and racist friends.
EPISODE 2: LOCKDOWN SMACKDOWN!
How are you coping with the threat of the 'rona? When information hurts… and helps. Steve talks about NOT staying up to date with the news… and Susie talks about why that’s such a terrible idea. Guest Nick Staikos MP on the best community support and how he unwinds.
EPISODE 1: LIFE IS PAIN, AND WHY DOGS MAKE THE BEST PEOPLE
Guest Dr Gabrielle Peacock riffs on the surprising things animals can teach humans, and kitten rescue. Why having a pet can help your kids to develop resilience, responsibility and an appreciation of mortality; and why a big fat old dog sitting on you can change your life.
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