I love a good podcast. It’s great to stick headphones on to take my mind off of things, to ground myself… or just to kill time on a boring commute.
Here are a few of my current favourites with a theme around mental well-being;
How to Fail with Elizabeth Day
This is a podcast that celebrates the things that haven’t gone right. Each week Elizabeth interviews a new guest about their biggest failures and what they have learnt from failing. Two of my favourite interviews are author Franchesca Segal and athlete Dame Kelly Homes. This podcast leaves me feeling grateful for all my experiences, not just the ‘positive’ ones. Available here.
By the Book with Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer
These women came up with the best idea for a podcast! They live by the rules of a different self help book each episode so we can just steal the helpful bits. They are funny and caring and sooo honest. It’s relate-able, responsible self help listening without being preachy. My favourite episodes are ‘KonMarie’ & the ‘Art of Dying Well’. You can find their pod here.
All in the Mind – BBC Four
This one takes quite a scientific approach. But if that’s your cuppa tea – there’s lots of good information and advice. They cover a wide range of topics from antidepressants to sleep paralysis (and more!). I particularly like their short series on ‘How To Be Less Lonely’. If you want to give it a try, you can listen here.
Happy Place with Fearne Cotton
This podcast manages to stay lighthearted while also being very moving. Fearne talks to celebrities about mental health and issues they have faced. Guests so far have included Dawn French & Stephen Fry. You can read more about this podcast on Fearne’s website.
Mentally Yours with Ellen Scott & Yvette Caster
The hosts talk to all sorts of guests about their own struggles. Acknowledging “all the weird stuff going on in our minds.”
With mental health as an ongoing theme, this podcast covers all areas of life. You can find it here.
Ellis James & John Robbins on Radio X
OK, so it’s not technically a mental health podcast. However, it is a honest and amusing open conversation about men’s mental health, addiction, shame, grief and getting it wrong. They are now also on BBC radio 5 Live, but the old episodes are my favourite.
What’s your go to – feel good podcast?