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I’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately. On one of the days I was feeling off, I went for a walk with my phone and headphones and listened to one of the best podcasts for mental health.
That day was a good day, now that I reflect on it; I bumped into my neighbour and had a nice chat. My skin made some vitamin D thanks to the sun, and I even managed to go live on Facebook. On a whim!
During my walk I got thinking;
Life is like a puzzle. It can take just one piece of the puzzle to be out of place for the whole thing to be misaligned.
Thankfully, I was able to reflect and clear my head, and I felt better after the long walk.
I’m relatively new to the podcast world but I’ve gained so much by subscribing to and listening to podcasts. Just in case you’re wondering:
What is a podcast?
A podcast is a series of audio programmes which is usually based on a particular theme, such as mental health, personal development, or even camping.
They can be any length, can be broadcast as frequently as the host chooses, and can be set up and recorded as simply or as elaborately as the creators or hosts choose to or can afford.
Think of podcasts as themed radio stations! Well, sort of.
Why listen to a podcast?
There are a variety of podcast topics, with something for everyone. No matter your interests, there’s a podcast for you to listen to and gain from.
No matter what device you use, as long as you have access to the internet, you can listen to podcasts!
The beauty of podcasts is that you can listen to them to gain insight into whatever topic interests you. The audio format of podcasts makes them very convenient to listen to while driving.
I enjoyed listening to podcasts during my commutes at my previous job role.
How to listen to a podcast
The simplest way to listen to podcasts is to listen to them on your internet browser. You can do this either on your computer or your phone.
You need to go to a website that has the podcast you would like to listen to, find the podcast player, then press play! Don’t forget to make sure your sound is on!
I’m an Android girl! Apple girls, don’t run away just yet – you need to keep reading to see the list of the best podcasts to help your mental health!😆
As I was saying, I use an Android phone and listen to my podcasts on the Podcast Addict app. Of course, there are other apps you could use to subscribe to your favourite podcasts.
On an Android phone, you could also use the Google Podcasts app.
If you have an iPad or iPhone, you could use the Apple Podcast app, which is usually already downloaded on the device. If not, the app is available on the app store.
You can even find many of podcast apps on Microsoft Store.
Seriously, there are a gazillion apps to choose from, just visit your devices app store and choose one!
Without further ado, here is a list of the best podcasts to help your mental health.
Podcasts to help your mental health
Disclaimer: These podcasts are not a substitute for professional therapy or counselling.
Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations
This is hands down the podcast I listen to the most. It was the one I listened to when I went on that walk to clear my head.
Every conversation I listen to gives me new wisdom and many aha moments.
The conversations are thought-provoking, empowering, and simply inspirational.
Therapy for Black Girls
I have ummed and ahhed about speaking with a licensed therapist. This podcast is not a substitute for seeking professional help, but boy have I found answers to many questions I have had.
Dr Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed psychologist, covers a wide variety of topics and has featured several guests who are specialists in their respective areas.
The Happiness Lab
It’s tempting to think that true happiness comes with money and things, however, Dr Laurie dispels this myth.
Using Science and the lived experiences of others, Yale professor Dr Laurie Santos inform us about the true meaning of happiness.
Tune in to The Happiness Lab, and let Dr Laurie teach you how to make wiser choices and live a happier and more fulfilled life.
Every week Dr Jade Wu helps people meet life’s challenges with evidence-based research, a sympathetic ear, and zero judgment.
I love that many of her podcasts are under 20 minutes, which will enable you to listen to get your mind right in short snippets.
Or you could binge-listen if you are catching up after a few weeks of not listening to them!
Daily Mind Medicine
The mind is the most powerful tool in your arsenal. Taylor Welch gets straight to the point in less than 10 minutes each episode.
The key message of this podcast is to invest in your thinking, transform your mindset, and change the world!
Change in the world starts with each one of us.
Overcome Depression and Thrive
Author and Life Coach Marie O’Neil provides ways to overcome depression naturally.
Her podcasts provide scientific, evidence-based information to help people experiencing mental illnesses.
The Tony Robbins Podcast
This podcast is not dedicated to mental health per se, but in various episodes, Tony Robbins covers topics related to health, personal development, business, and relationships.
This podcast is an all-round person boosting podcast.
As Tony says, “Every day, stand guard at the door of your mind, and you alone decide what thoughts and beliefs you let into your life. For they will shape whether you feel rich or poor, cursed or blessed.”
Brené Brown discusses a variety of topics that reflect the universal experiences we all share as human beings, from our bravest moments to our vulnerability.
The Mental Illness Happy Hour
Host Paul Gilmartin attempts to destigmatise dealing with mental trauma, through discussing pertinent topics.
Gilmartin interviews different guests and celebrities and discusses a variety of topics ranging from depression and addiction to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The Positive Psychology Podcast
“Bringing your earbuds the science of the good life.” What the good life is to you is left to your interpretation!
However, The Positive Psychology Podcast discusses positive mind topics such as gratitude, positivity, love, and relationships.
This podcast takes what some may find unappealing and academic, and turns them into interesting, thought-provoking discussions.
It’s vital to consistently take care of your mental health. Listening to podcasts could help you as they help me.
Do you listen to podcasts? Which podcast do you enjoy listening to?
- Strategies to find Inner Peace – Part One
- Strategies to find Inner Peace – Part Two
- 40 Positive Affirmations for Self Empowerment
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