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Disclaimer: podcasts do not always guarantee euphoria.
I love podcasts. They’re great at helping me get out of my own head for a while, they’re portable and sit on my phone until I’m ready for them, they make me laugh or think about things differently or just distract me from the bleugh. In short, they are a great form of self-care. Here are my current favourites.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Presented by author Gretchen Rubin and screenwriter Elizabeth Craft (who are also sisters), this podcast includes ‘happiness hacks’, ‘try this at home’, and other ideas for ‘making your life a little happier’. I love the contrasts in their characters – the balance between Gretchen’s unrelenting optimism and Elizabeth’s healthy cynicism.
Presented by Rob Bell, with frequent guest interviews and lots of real-life wisdom and practical advice. Rob Bell is the New York Times bestselling author of Love Wins, What We Talk About When We Talk about God, The Zimzum of Love and How To Be Here. iTunes named his podcast, The RobCast, Best of 2015. He’s been profiled in The New Yorker, he’s toured with Oprah on her Life You Want Tour, and in 2011 Time magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People In The World. I also think he is rather excellent.
Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert
Mainly geared to writers and other creative types, this podcast takes one person from a place of being stuck and deconstructs it. Elizabeth Gilbert (who is best known for writing Eat Pray Love) gives them homework, interviews someone successful in that field for their advice, and then checks in with them a while later to see what’s changed. She is amazingly encouraging and lovely. This podcast is currently on hiatus between series but it’s well worth listening to the old ones then subscribing and waiting. If I had to pick just one podcast I think this would be it.
Rhod Gilbert’s Best Bits
Just pure silliness from his BBC Radio Wales programme. He is the king of the ridiculous simile. (Also, if you haven’t seen Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience, that’s hilarious too.) Rhod says: ‘I love the spontaneity of the show … I can do pretty much whatever I want so it tends to be just me, ranting, raving and chewing the fat about whatever comes into my head. Hopefully it comes out funny.’
Speaking of podcasts (seamless link to shameless plug), I made my podcast debut on Al Coates’ Adoption and Fostering Podcast recently. You can hear us talking about self-care here. (Just please don’t make me listen to myself, because the sound of my own voice makes me go 😬 in a big way. All the other episodes are great.)