When I’m feeling stressed, one of my favorite things to do is to take a walk outside and listen to my favorite podcast. However, even when I’m not stressed I’ll usually listen to a podcast when I’m meal prepping, cleaning, driving, or even sometimes when I’m just relaxing at home. Podcasts are great for many reasons, such as learning something new about a topic of your choosing or simply providing comedic relief. They are also pretty accessible and in terms of mental health/wellness podcasts “allow people who may not otherwise go to therapy have access to knowledge and learn practical skills from professionals, such as specific strategies or tips to improve your mental and overall well-being” (Women’sHealth).
The type of podcast I will listen to usually depends on my mood at that moment. If I’m feeling down, for example, I’ll listen to a comedy podcast or even something more motivational to inspire me and improve my mood. There are podcasts on almost every topic, including self-help, hobbies, books, film, business, sports, finance, and so much more. However, if you are looking for podcasts specific for your mental health and/or wellness, then here are some ideas:
1. Psychology of Your 20s. A personal favorite of mine, this podcast discusses topics and the psychology and research behind them, such imposter syndrome, loneliness, rejection, boundaries, anxiety, and burnout. Although it is catered towards those in their 20s, it contains useful information for those of every age and every episode, minus a few bonus ones, are completely free and easily accessible. Find out more at https://www.psych20.com/
2. Therapy for Black Girls. This podcast, founded by licensed clinical psychologist Joy Harden Bradford, focuses on making mental health topics more relevant and accessible to Black women. Some of the topics include grounding, setting intentions, finances, and cultivating friendships. Learn more about Dr. Joy Harden Bradford and her work at https://therapyforblackgirls.com/
3. We Can Do Hard Things. From the author of the popular book Untamed, Glennon Doyle, along with her wife and sister, have honest discussions about common struggles and what to do when life gets hard. Some examples of episodes include “friendship advice, how to set and maintain boundaries, anxiety, love languages, and grief.” It also includes guest speakers like Reese Witherspoon, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Sara Bareillis, well-known actors, singers, producers, and/or business owners. Learn more and find where to listen at http://wecandohardthingspodcast.com/
These are just a few examples of (free) podcasts that focus on mental health and wellness, but there are many other options available! Some of those include “On Purpose with Jay Shetty”, which discusses topics such as manifestation and breaking unhealthy habits, as well as Unlocking Us with Brene Brown”, which focuses on being more self-aware and stopping negative self-talk. That being said, while podcasts are a good form of entertainment and generally a good way to get information, they shouldn’t replace advice from a mental health professional. Although some podcasts may be hosted by licensed professionals, if you find yourself struggling with mental health or something else entirely, please reach out to someone with whom you can talk to in-person or via telehealth.
Staff Blogger: Mollie Clupper
Mollie Clupper works for MHA as a Communications and Support Specialist. Using her own experiences, she wants to help bring awareness and end the stigma surrounding mental health. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, drinking coffee, and spending time with loved ones.