These life affirming self-care podcasts can help you to de-stress and boost your mood, as well as teach you need-to-know strategies that will help improve your emotional wellbeing. Here are our recommendations for the best guided meditations, interviews and conversations about mental health, to help lift you when you’re feeling low and anxious.
Over the course of the past few years, ‘self-care’ has become a bit of a buzzword.
The core concept of the phrase is that looking after your own wellbeing is important. And in the age of work emails on our phones, as well as a constant stream of distracting notifications and a relentless, stress-inducing news cycle, reminders to look after ourselves are helpful – especially since so many of us are used to putting the needs of others before our own.
If you’re feeling stressed, overworked or experiencing burnout, podcasts are a surprisingly helpful resource from which to learn self-care coping strategies. There are shows which revolve around honest conversations about mental health, others that aim to help listeners create a sustainable work-life balance, and still more that teach the value of mindfulness and meditation.
So log out of Twitter, line up one of these podcasts and get ready to discover a few easy ways to better look after yourself – we promise your inbox will still be there when you’re finished.
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’. Each episode will teach you how to slow down, reduce your stress levels and create a feeling of calm when you need it most. However, be warned – after listening to just one episode, you may well become convinced that meditation is the answer to all of the world’s problems.
Talking in Circles
In this podcast, host Laura Miller navigates strikingly honest conversations about mental health and work with writers, creatives and general badass boss ladies (and a few men). While it’s helpful and interesting to simply hear others open up about the things they don’t usually talk about, there are also plenty of strategies to be gleaned for dealing with the common stresses of work and life.
Excellently billed as ‘a podcast about self-care and other s**t’, this podcast sees Sarah James and Kristen Howerton discuss the healthier approaches we can all take to our everyday lives. Sarah is a blogger while Kristin is a psychotherapist, and together they bring both social and scientific research to their refreshing and open conversations about finding better ways to look after the mind, body and spirit.
Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
Oprah Winfrey has been teaching fans to ‘live your best life’ for years, so it should come as no surprise that she has a podcast dedicated to the importance of taking time for yourself. SuperSoul Conversations sees Oprah interview thought-leaders, best-selling authors and spiritual luminaries about their journeys to personal fulfilment, and she also chats to health and wellness experts about the most appropriate and effective ways we can look after ourselves in a challenging world.
The Thrive Global Podcast
Arianna Huffington is no stranger to the perils of neglecting self-care. As the story goes, she had been working 18-hour days, and was at home checking her emails, when she collapsed from exhaustion – breaking her cheekbone in the process. The incident proved a wake-up call for Huffington, who has since dedicated much of her career to encouraging others to prioritise and safeguard their own wellbeing. This interview-based podcast contains a wealth of advice about how you can protect yourself from burnout and overwork, and go from ‘surviving to thriving’.
Cult favourites Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, AKA The Minimalists, have built a career around helping people learn how to live with less. In this podcast, they expand that concept to all areas of life – from tackling digital saturation to guidance on how to remove toxic relationships from your life. While their advice on creating a minimalist lifestyle can be brutal (basically, get rid of all your stuff) they also share lots of sensible and actionable advice for learning how to live a healthier, more mindful, life.
In her critically acclaimed podcast, Fearne Cotton expands upon the ideas she wrote about in her 2017 book Happy by interviewing a number of high profile friends and celebrities about their experiences with mental health issues and learning what brings them joy every day. Guests so far include Dawn French, Paloma Faith, Matt Haig, Tom Daley, Maisie Williams and Poorna Bell, all whom have provided helpful insights for staying upbeat and positive when faced with the daily stresses of a hectic, fast-paced life.
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