Practice self-care by simply listening to a mindfulness podcast – or two.
Let’s face it, commuting is hard. From cancelled trains to getting up close and personal with our fellow commuters, it’s no easy feat for most.
And our guest editor, Katie Piper is no stranger to it either. Which is why – as part of Stylist’s Kindfulness Project – she is encouraging us all to start being kinder to ourselves (and our travelling neighbours) by easing ourselves into our day by listening to a podcast.
“Once I’m done with reading all the trash on my phone, I listen to a podcast because it’s something that sets me up for the day and puts me in the right head space,” Piper tells Stylist.co.uk.
From Dear Sugars to Piper’s own Extraordinary People, take a look at our handpicked list of podcasts below. We guarantee your commute will feel less stressful from now on.
Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast is ideal to listen to after a long, hard day at the office. By encouraging us all to find our own ‘happy place’, Cotton further explores the ideas she discussed in her book, Happy.
By inviting guests to chat through their own struggles with mental health and how they’ve dealt with issues, it makes for a relatable and lifting listen.
Guests so far have included: Dawn French, Paloma Faith, Matt Haig, Tom Daley and Lena Headey.
Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
Since Oprah Winfrey first appeared on our small screens she’s told us from one day to be kind to ourselves by ‘living our best lives’. And, of course, her podcast SuperSoul Conversations is no different.
With everyone – from best-selling authors to big name celebrities – getting involved it certainly makes for an inspirational listen.
And the latest person to share their wisdom? Michelle Obama, of course.
Katie Piper’s podcast will make you laugh, cry and leave you feeling inspired. By interviewing people who’ve turned adversity into positivity – like Hayley Doyle discussing her near death experience in her teens to Brooke Kinsella MBE opening up about the murder of her brother – they’re certainly empowering stories worth listening to.
Dear Sugars may be finished now, but that doesn’t mean the topics aren’t still relevant. Hosted by Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, they delve into everything from friendship to infidelity and sexual assault – all with an empathetic response.
Produced by the people behind the Meditation Studio app, Untangle focuses on ‘inspiring, uncensored stories from people who have untangled from society’s giant rule book to create a meaningful life’. So if you’re on the hunt for a podcast that’ll help you feel calm on the commute, then this is the one to try because each podcast teaches you how to really slow down.
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For one day only on Thursday 15 November, Katie Piper has taken over stylist.co.uk as part of The Kindfulness Project, packing the site with articles on what she’s learned about empathy and the importance of self-care..
For similarly inspiring and uplifting content, check out Katie Piper’s Extraordinary People, available on Apple Podcasts now.
Susan Devaney is a digital journalist for Stylist.co.uk, writing about fashion, beauty, travel, feminism, and everything else in-between.