Podcasts are a great way to learn something new while on the go.
You could be doing your thing; be it cleaning, cooking, driving, etc., and have a podcast play in the background. You will be surprised by how much you will learn about new topics you are curious about.
Previously, I used to be one of those people who started the day feeling anxious about everything I had to do. I would spend at least the first hour of my day anticipating how and why things will go wrong. Then, I started listening to motivational and self-help podcasts as I got ready in the morning.
This gave me a whole new perspective on topics that impact my daily life.
It made me develop a positive mindset and gave me the much-needed dose of daily motivation to get me going.
This is one of my personal favorites. The host of Therapy for Black Girls, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, is a licensed psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia.
She talks about all things relating to mental health and personal development. While anyone will definitely find the podcast informative, she created it especially for black women of all ages because of the stigma they face in various circles of life.
When you are going through a rough patch mentally, the Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast is for you.
Host Paul Gilmartin interviews well-known people and gives them a platform to share their experiences with mental illness, including topics on:
Not only will the podcast remind you that you are not alone, but it will also give you insights into how other people have dealt with situations similar to the ones you find yourself in.
Need answers to questions relating to psychological issues?
Give The Hardcore Self-Help Podcast a try. The host is Dr. Robert Duff, a psychologist from Southern California, who started this podcast to clear the air on some of the more complex and misunderstood psychological issues.
In every episode, he answers questions about, “mental health, anxiety, depression, relationships, sex, and life.”
I can’t think of a better way to learn about happiness than from someone who has spent years studying this important aspect of life that most of us chase.
The host of The Happiness Lab, Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos, teaches Yale’s most popular class in the university’s 300-year history.
In her podcast, she highlights all things we do wrong when it comes to happiness, providing advice to help make our lives better and be happier. Drawing from research findings, she explains how we can change our mindset.
She will give you a new perspective on happiness!
Just as the title states, every episode of 7 Good Minutes is 7 mins long.
I try my best to listen to this podcast in the morning as I make my bed. Clyde Lee Dennis, the host shares powerful and succinct messages that will inspire and motivate you on topics like:
Despite being one of the most common mental health conditions, depression is also highly misunderstood.
As a result, there is still a lot of stigma around the condition. In The Hilarious World of Depression podcast, veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe keeps a lighthearted manner when he interviews his guests, who share how they've experienced and dealt with depression.
In addition to gaining more knowledge about depression, the podcast will also give you a light laugh or one of those that leaves you with a hurting stomach.
It can be unpredictable, but I recommend finding out on your own!
If you watch Married to Medicine LA, you are probably familiar with the psychiatrist Dr. Imani Walker.
In the Imani State of Mind podcast, she and her co-host comedian MegScoop Thomas, they uncover the complexities of stigmatized mental health conditions. They share both their personal and professional experiences with the aim of normalizing conversations around mental health.
They also have an interesting segment called Pop Culture Diagnosis where they review how fictional characters with mental illness are portrayed.
In The Anxiety Coaches Podcast, anxiety coach Gina Ryan shares valuable exercises and tips to help you overcome anxiety, panic, stress and PTSD.
This relaxing and informative podcast will definitely enhance your ability to understand and overcome all types of anxiety.
When you feel like your mental state is a mess, cognitive neuroscientist, author, and mental health expert, Dr. Caroline Leaf comes to the rescue.
In the Cleaning Up the Mental Mess podcast, she gives effective and practical advice on how you can improve your life by helping you understand how your mind works. Her tips and tricks will “help you take back control over your mental, emotional, and physical health.”
I’m sure most of us know the benefits of meditation, but some of us aren’t aware of how to meditate.
In Meditation Minis, the short guided meditations shared by Chel Hamilton will help you effectively deal with anxiety as well as the racing thoughts you might have.
All guided meditations are around 10 mins long, making them convenient and less intimidating.
I typically listen to this podcast at the end of a busy day. I find it helps me wind down and sleep well.
The above are my favorite and most influential podcasts which I believe can also be life-changing to you.
However, if you happen not to like any of them, I will take no offense in that.
We are all different and have different preferences. Just like with most things, you might need to try a few podcasts before you come across the ones you actually like and enjoy. Listening to a podcast should not be a chore; it should be relaxing and enjoyable.
Explore podcast platforms such as Google, Apple and Spotify until you find something you like.
Do a bit of background check on the host so you know the authority they have in the topic.
Lastly, keep in mind that although podcasts can provide you with coping strategies, they are not a replacement for therapy.
Even if the host is a therapist, they are not your therapist.
Do not discontinue therapy because you are listening to therapy-related podcasts.
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