Last year was a big (i.e absolutely shite) one for all of us. If it wasn’t for the saving grace of podcasts – I would’ve lost touch with the big, wide world. From learning about breathing techniques to dinner party hacks to the importance of sleep to how to get your taste and smell back post-covid to the rise of sequins in fashion as a riot against the conforms of lockdowns – podcasts have taught me a lot.
Podcasts are not only a free way to add more to your knowledge bank but they can be informative, emotive and a great talking point. Whenever I’m feeling a bit socially awkies (which is often) I divert the conversation to a podcast I’ve recently listened to.
For health & wellness:
I like to be a know-it-all. Not in an irritating way (we all know somebody) but in a, “Hey, did you know that pomegranates have the ability to increase your lifespan?” kinda way. In terms of health and wellness, I’ve found the below podcasts to be empowering and informative. Our bodies are pretty much in our control most of the time. From the moment we wake up, to the moment we wake up again, each process is controllable by the choices we make daily. When your toolkit is full of actionable ways to tackle sleeplessness, anxiety, poor digestion and the likes, you can quickly become familiar with how you can make an internal difference. I love mindbodygreen, The Doctor’s Farmacy and Huberman Lab.
For skincare, fashion and beauty:
One of my top listens of last year was the Business of Fashion podcast with Li Elderkoort. Since then, I’ve eagerly listened to the BOF channel for insights into the ever-growing and clever-changing world of fashion and how we don’t only influence it, but how it influences us.
The Clean Beauty School podcast gives an insightful view into the world of beauty and skincare. It explores topics around how our thoughts can affect our skin, how unrealistic most beauty standards are and what “clean” beauty really means.
For a laugh (and a cry):
Do you know when you’re having one of those days where your coffee cup drips on your white jersey? When the slow walkers, annoying drivers and all of the “as per my last email” just get to you? Yep, we’ve all been there. I find that popping on a podcast that’s A) sure to make me feel better about myself (and my life) and B) will make me giggle or maybe shed a tear all lend to a calmer outcome.
Elizabeth Day’s How To Fail interviews people who are leading the way in their industry. People who we may look up to. She turns the typical interview formula on its head by asking them their 3 top failures, instead of their 3 greatest achievements.
Another notable one is the Feel Better, Live More podcast from Dr Rangan Chatterjee. He explores the world of health – with a huge focus on mental wellness – from the perspective of a traditionally trained doctor who has challenged the stiff and stringent methods of current medical practices. He interviews people in the industry who are spearheading honest practices that can contribute to a better, healthier and happier you.