Motivational podcasts to help with mental health and productivity

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Podcasts are increasing in popularity and are a great asset for a growing business.

It was recently confirmed by Apple at WWDC 2018 in early June that there are over 550,000 podcasts, over 18.5 million episodes in more than 100 languages.

Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images

As an entrepreneur, mental health and self-care is increasingly becoming a priority.

Here are seven of the many podcasts that talk about self-care and self-love, and provide effective strategies for taking care of your well-being as an entrepreneur.

  1. Happy Place by Fearne Cotton aims to bring simple happiness to everyday life through candid conversationswith people in the limelight on how they have managed their well-being. The conversations are delightful and focus on aspects such as body positivity, depression, motherhood, stress and recovery.
Happy Place Podcast
  1. Happy Place Podcast


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  1. The Minimalists by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus is based around their book and philosophy of bringing more and more of what truly matters into our lives. Through their book Joshua and Ryan have reached over 20 million people and this podcast follows from that. It advocates living a meaningful life by reducing things that do not matter. In doing so we create meaning and purpose and thereby achieve happiness. The minimalist philosophy isn't directly related to mental health awareness but reducing clutter in our environment and our brains is an effective strategy to increase efficiency, well-being and productivity.
  2. Mad World by Bryony Gordon is brought by The Telegraphwhere she talks to a different guest in each episode about how their mental health has been affected by events in their own lives and find out why feeling weird is the most normal thing in the world. It is a ten episode podcast and having featured Prince Harry talk about his mental health problems following his mother's death as a young child has helped raise awareness of mental health.
  3. Mentally Yours is brought by the Metro where Yvette Caster and Ellen Scott o chat to a mystery guest each week and discuss a range of things that can affect our mental health from money, career change and organizing an event. The podcast tackles some hard-hitting issues that we all face in our lives but are often afraid to talk about, such as post-natal depression, social anxiety, grief, loss and panic attacks.
Mentally Yours Podcast
  1. Mentally Yours Podcast
  3. The Struggle Bus is a weekly advice podcast hosted by Katharine Heller and Sally Tamarkin where they bring their unique conversational style, unbridled enthusiasm and frank opinions. The hosts also answer some of the listener's questions during each episode. In the 144 episodes so far they have covered an astounding range of topics from abusive bosses, workplace politics and what to do when you are totally stalled in your career.
  4. The Hilarious World of Depression with John Moe is an irreverent look at depression and anxiety. This is a series of frank, moving and funny conversations with some of the top comedians such as Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins, Andy Richter, and Jen Kirkman to learn how they have dealt with depression. Depression can be a very isolating medical condition and is often stigmatized. This series attempts to break the stigma and create a sense of community through these conversations.
  5. Happier podcast with Gretchen Rubin and her co-host Elizabeth Craft has had over 42 millions downloads so far. Gretchen is well-known for her book "The Happiness Project" and this podcast brings tips and strategies to create our own version of a happy place. The conversations are thought-provoking and lively, and much like her books, Gretchen brings very practical and manageable advice that we can all take to bring more happiness into our lives.
  1. Happier

These podcasts bring a range of views on mental health and in doing so makes talking about it normal. They are not intended to be professional therapy although they might seem like vicarious therapy. Instead they provide tips and strategies that we can all use to manage our mental health. They also provide a platform to create a meaningful conversation around mental health and break the stigma and silence that can often surround it.

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