If you’re in the market for a new (free) self-care podcast, we’ve got your number
The best wellness podcasts provide practical tips and stories within a friendly, inclusive space. They make you feel like whatever turmoil is going on in your head, it’s totally OK.
It’s a special kind of alchemy, and one that US-based series The One You Feed has down to a fine art.
But when it comes to guidance on mental health issues, it’s every inch as nourishing.
The premise of The One You Feed revolves around an ancient parable that says we all have two wolves within us: one good, and one bad. The one that wins is the one you feed.
So every week, creators Eric Zimmer and Chris Forbes curate conversations with experts on how to feed your good wolf, and create a life worth living.
Co-host Zimmer is a behavioural coach and author; but he was also once a homeless heroin addict, so he knows a lot about recovery and turning your life around.
Together with Forbes, he interviews a whole range of thinkers, from scientists to authors and spiritual gurus, on how to find fulfillment and happiness.
Part of the podcast’s appeal lies in the sheer scope of topics tackled by the two broadcasters.
A given week might find you listening to anything from productivity hacks to a discussion on dealing with grief, or how to meditate with a restless mind.
At the same time, all these diverse themes are brought together under the broad umbrella of self-care.
So, you’re effectively being guided across a myriad of small steps, some of which you never even thought of - say, radical love - in order to live a life of meaning.
And, though some of the podcast titles sound like they’ll be quite abstract (“Miguel Chen on punk rock and Buddhism”), the co-hosts always tease out a series of tangible, very practical tips from the conversations.
And their matter-of-fact, empathetic approach really helps steer the upbeat feel of the show.
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Anna Brech is a freelance journalist and former editor for stylist.co.uk. Her six-year stint on the site saw her develop a vociferous appetite for live Analytics, feminist opinion and good-quality gin in roughly equal measure. She enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content but has a soft spot for books and escapist travel content.