While a podcast is in no way a substitute for personalised, one-on-one professional help from a licensed therapist, there are many podcasts out there that really help to give you a broader perspective. Listening to other people’s experiences can help you realise that you are not alone. Here are five podcasts available on Spotify that may help you cope.
Getting Better: Stories of Mental Health
Getting Better: Stories of Mental Health is a podcast hosted by licensed therapists Micheline Maalouf and Nadia Addesi. It aims to destigmatise mental health. They understand how stressful, scary and challenging it can be, and that discussing it is even more difficult. The purpose of this podcast is to take a little weight off your shoulders by talking to special guests about their mental health experiences, such as Rebel Wilson, Meghan Trainor, Ian Somerhalder and more.
The Homecoming Podcast with Dr. Thema
The Homecoming Podcast with Dr. Thema is one of the most soothing and nurturing podcasts available. That being said, she tells it like it is – even if some of those things aren’t necessarily easy to hear. Dr. Thema Bryant is a licensed psychologist, ordained minister and sacred artist. Listening to her podcast really makes you feel like coming home. Her podcast helps to facilitate your journey home to your authentic self by providing weekly inspiration and health tips.
Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
Unlocking Us with Brené Brown is hosted by Brené Brown, who has spent over two decades researching the emotions and experiences that give our lives meaning and purpose. We are hardwired for connection, which necessitates courage, vulnerability and conversation. This podcast is real and unashamedly honest, reflecting both the magic and the messiness of being human. Expect interesting conversations with guests and insights into her new research. Some episodes are dedicated to answering your questions too.
Jen Kirkman, a comedian who has lived with Panic Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder for most of her life, brings her life lessons, humour and hope to Anxiety Bites. This is a talk show about normalising anxiety so that we can say out loud with a shrug, “Yeah, I have anxiety”. Jen interviews anxiety experts, such as PhDs, creatives and spiritual gurus, for tips on how to self-diagnose, begin treatment and live easily with everyday anxiety and panic – while also providing an engaging, relatable and calm listening.
It’s Not You, It’s Your Trauma
It’s Not You, It’s Your Trauma is a trauma, PTSD, abuse, anxiety and recovery podcast hosted by Joe Ryan. He understands that there are no quick fixes for these mental health issues. Knowing what happened to you is only the beginning; we must also revisit the feelings, emotions and scenes that we avoid. When we stop blaming, making excuses and taking responsibility for our own feelings, we begin to transition from victim to survivor. This podcast is all about thriving and teaching.
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