6 De-stressing Podcasts
In the second edition to our series of blogs for Stress Awareness Month, we look into some of our favourite de-stressing podcasts to keep your mind at ease. From mindfulness techniques to influences from Chinese acupressure, unwind to these relaxing uploads from professionals that know how to heal stress.
Meditation is always a good move to aid stress-relief and the ‘Managing Stress’ podcasts from Jones and Bartlett shows exactly how to do so. Offering guided meditation techniques aimed towards stress management and healthy coping mechanisms, this self-help podcast is the perfect way to finish a stressful day at the office. The podcast itself is free, but there is also a connected book you can purchase should you wish to learn more about stress management.
10% Happier with Dan Harris
Mindfulness is a simple form of meditation focused on helping one to become present in what is going on and become aware of where they are in life, without feeling overwhelmed. Dan Harris, a “New York Times” bestselling author and host of ‘10% Happier’ addresses a clear approach to achieving the state of mindfulness alongside some of the most respected meditation teachers in the world, including Sharon Salzberg and Bellamy Young, who apply philosophical ideas to everyday life. With episodes available on iTunes, this is a great place for listeners to start their de-stressing activities.
Continuing the Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) trend, a bewildering exploration of the effects of 3D sound, this podcast focuses on relaxing and soothing ones mind, through listening to ambient noises such as whispers and background sounds. Tuned more to a bedtime listen, Sleep Whispers features whispering ramblings and readings that aim to help relaxation and fall asleep easily. Episodes also include uplifting quotes and guidance for sleep preparation and insomnia.
If you aren’t familiar with ‘Tapping’, it’s a holistic healing technique based on Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. The process involves tapping your fingertips on specific touch-points on the body to calm the nervous system and release negative energy. Nick Ortner, credited with brining the practice into mainstream consumption through writing several books on the matter, hosts this life-changing podcast and looks to help listeners achieve optimal health using Tapping techniques.
Have you considered the invisible forces that shape and influence our thoughts and actions? Probably not, otherwise they wouldn’t be so invisible. Invisibilia, meaning ‘all things invisible’ in Latin, addresses elements that govern human behaviour through scientific research and engaging storytelling. With great episodes like ‘Fearless’ - discussing the human need for fear - you will learn to navigate your life in a calm and stress-free manner.
Fearne Cotton’s new podcast expands on the ideas she explored in her 2017 book Happy. Through interviewing a number of high profile friends and celebrities, such as Paloma Faith and Tom Daley, Fearne and her guests talk through their experiences with mental health issues and discuss what brings them joy every day. Throughout the episodes, listeners are provided with helpful insights for staying upbeat and positive when faced with daily stresses.