Sometimes, the most therapeutic thing to hear on your journey of self-exploration is someone uttering “me too” in response to your seemingly singular experience. Even better? When they’re able to articulate the feelings you’ve struggled to put into words.
This is why podcasts play a major role in my day. Beyond providing me with entertainment and background noise as I run errands, they supply me with the tools and knowledge to become more self-aware and work on improving my mental health.
However, the podcast landscape has become so saturated with content that focuses on everything from true crime to sleeping noises that it can be hard to find one that fits all your criteria. Not to mention, it’s harder to spot the authentic wellness gurus from the snake oil peddlers as they infiltrate your timeline.
1. Self Service
What’s so magical about Self Service is that it not only acknowledges that astrology and wellness go hand in hand, but rather incorporates the two in each episode. The creator – editorial director of Girlboss, Jerico Mandbur – sits down with expert guests to guide listeners on ways to stop self-sabotaging yourself or tips to stay hydrated, while also providing a weekly astrological forecast and tarot card reading.
The episodes are pretty short, making it a perfect beginner podcast for those looking for the basics of self-care and wellness.
The Friend Zone covers “all things mental health, mental wealth, and mental hygiene because who in the hell wants a musty brain.” The crew dives into the complicated messes that consume our daily lives, from unpacking the generational traumas that are passed to us from our parents to auditing one’s relationships to become self-aware of the dynamics and energy we create amongst friends in a style that’s both transparent and transformative.
While the topics they cover tend to be heavy, the communal spirit and comradery amongst Dustin Ross, Francheska of Hey Fran Hey, and Assante will have you laughing between moments of clarity and self-realization.
CBC’s Personal Best proclaims its a self-improvement show for people who don’t like self-improvement. Hosts Rob Norman and Andrew Norton begin each episode with someone wanting to achieve or resolve something and delves into the process of accomplishing, or rather attempting to accomplish, the goal.
The show is a life-hack-meets-immersion-therapy-mishmash, with delightful moments of discovery and untapped aspirations. The show is still in its freshman year but is sincere in its quest to bring the best out of people and themselves.
Created to fill a void in the wellness and health community that ostracized women of color, BGIO is a holistic lifestyle brand that caters to the wellness, self-care, and self-love of communities of color.
In doing so, they make it possible for those looking for self-improvement to make tangible moves beyond the vision board. Each episode, the hosts speak to creatives and health experts in their respective fields to help the listener deepen their connection and understanding with themselves and the world around them.
Comedian Paul Gilmartin, who’s best known for being the host of TBS’s Dinner and a Movie, interviews friends, creatives, and mental health experts on how health issues impact those in the creative arts. Beyond being a safe space for those to work through their battles and share how they overcame setbacks, the podcast is a great resource for those looking for more traditional forms of therapy and help by providing resources, ranging from sexual assault to eating disorders, addiction to postpartum depression.
It is the one podcast in which you have to pay to listen, but with the wide-ranging of topics, they cover it would be hard not to find an episode that resonates with you and shakes you to your core.
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Venturing into the wellness scene can be taxing, especially when you go it alone. It doesn’t have to be, especially with some good shows and wellness hacks.