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3 Podcasts That Support My Mental Health

I know from my own experience that an important part of recovering from mental illness includes creating a toolbox of resources to which I can refer in order to support my ongoing mental health.

I’d never really been interested in podcasts before, but I have discovered that along with being entertaining, I have actually found that they can support my mental health in surprising ways.

Now that I’m aware of this, I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting podcasts, but I’ve found three specific, yet very different podcasts that consistently prove useful to supporting my mental health. I’m going to share these three podcasts with you today.

I access these podcasts on Spotify but I understand that they are available on various podcast platforms.

Please note: I am not being sponsored or receiving anything in return for recommending these podcasts, I just find them useful and wanted to share them.


#1. Optimal Living Daily

What is it about?

As the name suggests, this is a daily podcast in which the narrator, Justin Malik, handpicks and reads aloud the best blog posts (with the author’s permission) on topics such as personal development, minimalism, finance, health, business, and more.

How it supports my mental health

Each episode is relatively short – usually around eight minutes – but each one offers insightful thoughts or advice on topics that generally focus on living a happy, fulfilling life.

Justin consistently selects well-written, thought-provoking blog posts that I feel add value to my life. They offer guidance and tips but ultimately encourage the listener to consider the topic for themselves.

Previously, I was only consuming content based on entertainment or distraction. This podcast has helped me to redirect my focus onto actually diving into life and living the way I really want to live rather than just observing from the sidelines.

This is so beneficial for my mental health because it helps to inspire me, motivate me, and it gives me the confidence to step outside of my comfort zone.

I have spent so many years being incapacitated by anxiety and I still struggle with it, but this podcast has helped me to shift my focus away from treading water and onto moving forwards.


#2. Welcome to Night Vale

What is it about?

Welcome to Night Vale post episodes twice a month in the form of a local radio show for the fictional desert town of Night Vale. Obscure and sometimes a little creepy, the radio show host presents community updates, announcements, news, weather and the bizarre goings-on of this dystopian town.

How it supports my mental health

I’ve always loved creative writing but I’ve persistently struggled with feeling like my writing isn’t “good enough” or believing that it isn’t “deep” enough. I was so critical of myself that I stopped writing altogether.

Listening to Welcome to Night Vale unlocked something in my brain. The mystifying, haphazard format of each episode is exceptionally entertaining and even thought-provoking, and I suddenly realised: I have the freedom to create whatever I want. Maybe my writing won’t make sense or mean something to everyone – or anyone – but that doesn’t matter.

Rediscovering my love of creative writing has been incredibly beneficial for my mental health. Not only is it something that I enjoy doing but it gives me a great feeling of accomplishment when I finish a piece of writing.

In addition, learning to let go of that overwhelming self-criticism has seeped into my daily life. I’m slowly discovering that done really is better than perfect.

I now spend much less time criticising myself and more time just getting stuck in and having a go. It’s a work in progress and I do still find myself falling back into self-criticism at times, but I’m moving forward, slowly but surely, and that is what’s important.


#3. Sagittarius Today

Sagittarius Today (Parcast)
Source: parcast.com

What is it about?

This podcast is part of Parcast’s Horoscope Today collection. Every morning, Caitlin Keats presents a two to three minute horoscope for Sagittarians. The episodes focus on personal growth, relationships and careers.

How it supports my mental health

I’m not an avid astrology fan but I have found this bitesize daily overview useful in terms of supporting my mental health.

I always take the horoscope with a pinch of salt: I don’t accept them as 100% fact and I don’t make big life decisions based purely on the information they provide.

However, I have found that taking those two or three minutes to listen to this podcast and consider the points made. Even if I don’t fully agree with the content, it prompts me to consider how I feel about each topic. It has helped me to question some of my old, fixed beliefs; to contemplate growth and affect change in my life and my journey.

Change is difficult for me as it creates a high level of anxiety; unexpected change can evoke panic. I have tended to avoid change at all costs.

Sagittarius Today supports my mental health because it gives me the gentle nudge every morning to be open to and aware of all the opportunities to continue to grow and enjoy life.

I’m so glad that I have these podcasts in my toolbox to support my mental health.

It’s also really encouraging to me that I have got to the point in my recovery where I’m able to focus far less on reacting to crises and more on personal growth.

I am thankful for that.


Do you find podcasts useful in supporting your mental health?

Feel free to share your recommendations in the comments below.

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