Starter episode: “Llama Cat Dog Roommates”
Most individuals’s worlds have change into a lot smaller over the previous 15 months, and now that journey restrictions are loosening, it’s going to take some time to readjust into wanderlust mode. This inspiring storytelling sequence gives first-person narratives about adventures on the highway (or at sea) from outdoorsy kinds of all stripes, whether or not skilled mountaineers or common listeners. Hosted by Aaron Millar, a British journey author, “Armchair Explorer” is a perfect slice of escapism if journey continues to be a methods off, and useful for inspiration should you’re already planning your first post-pandemic getaway.
Starter episode: “Signs of Life: A 53,000-mile Bike Ride Around The World”
Nora McInerny, the podcast host and creator, grew to become a reluctant grief knowledgeable in 2014, when she misplaced her child, her father and her husband within the house of some months. McInerny, who now wryly describes herself as a “notable widow,” channeled her sorrow into this compassionate, darkly hilarious podcast, the place individuals share the unvarnished fact about their darkest moments. Recent interviewees have included a daughter who misplaced her father to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a mom whose son’s psychological sickness culminated in tragedy, and a 93-year-old focus camp survivor. As darkish as the subject material will get, the present all the time has an undercurrent of hope — it’s an excellent companion as all of us attempt to transfer on from the manifold losses of the previous yr.
Starter episode: “That’s So Chad”
Hundreds of meditation apps promise to ship peace within the palm of your hand, and Headspace is arguably the best. The soothing British voice of Andy Puddicombe, the corporate’s co-founder, has change into acquainted to hundreds of thousands of customers because the app’s default deliverer of Zen, and in every bite-size episode of this podcast he expands on how mindfulness can assist to fight anxiousness and simplify each day life. Headspace Studios launched a by-product mini-series final yr, “The Yes Theory Podcast,” which explored the worth of claiming sure to discomfort and stepping exterior your consolation zone. More lately, “Radio Headspace” has launched episodes particularly geared towards navigating post-pandemic life.
Starter episode: “The New Normal”
U.F.Y.B. (Not its Actual Name)
If you’ve ever reflexively rolled your eyes on the idea of “life coaching,” enable Kara Loewentheil to change your thoughts. A Harvard-educated former lawyer turned feminist life coach, Loewentheil just isn’t promoting self-empowerment clichés or woo-woo truisms. Instead, “Unf*ck Your Brain” gives no-nonsense insights concerning the methods your anxious mind could be sabotaging you, and actionable recommendation on how to select completely different ideas. There’s a lightness of contact to Loewentheil’s straight-talking model of mindfulness that makes it simple to take in, and the huge library of again episodes means you’re sure to discover one thing that hits excellent.
Starter episode: “Saying No”
With so many trappings of regular life immediately stripped away, this previous yr has compelled lots of people to redefine what happiness means to them, and it’s price holding onto a few of these new priorities within the post-Covid world. In “The Happiness Lab,” Dr. Laurie Santos, a professor at Yale, examines the pursuit of happiness via a science-based lens, and infrequently incorporates historical past, too. Many current episodes have centered on happiness classes from the ancients, hitting up Aristotle, the Buddha and Confucius and extrapolating classes about how to dwell a fulfilled life within the fashionable age. A persistently stunning, energizing hear that can educate you one thing concerning the world in addition to your individual mind.