Until recently I never really saw podcasts as something that would appeal to me. Being in lockdown and living alone it has been so empowering to feel part of a conversation and have a platform for learning. I wanted to share some of my favourites that have inspired me to take a different outlook on certain aspects of life and give a virtual hug on those days when you aren’t feeling your best. If podcasts aren’t your thing you can find my recommended book list here.
Podcasts for Self Help & Improvement
Super Soul Conversations with Oprah Winfrey
The queen of talk show hosts has some of the most interesting conversations with top spiritual guides and successful people from around the world. All the while trying to help listeners become the best versions of themselves. There are so many great episodes to get stuck into. Whether that’s on your daily walks or driving with some amazing life lessons to absorb along the way!
Unlocking Us with Brene Brown
Brene Brown has dedicated the last 25 years of her life as a research professor. Specialising in the studying of courage and vulnerability. She takes listeners on a journey of her research findings inviting her guests to share some of their personal experiences. Her words are so resonating and profound and it is truly eye-opening to hear her take on life.
How to Fail with Elizabeth Day
Author Elizabeth Day uses this podcast to celebrate failure and the things that haven’t gone right. The podcast has really changed my outlook on failure and how you can use it to your advantage. It explores the lessons learned from failure and how it has made guests better equipped to face situations in the future.
The Happy Place with Fearne Cotton
Fearne Cotton talks to guests about uncovering happiness and what it means to be truly happy. Inviting open conversations about mental health and aims to negate any stigma from sensitive topics. Which is so important for the world we live in today.
The Moments That Made me with Roxie Nafousi
Roxie is a mental health advisor that is very open about her own personal struggles with addiction. She shares how she has shaped her new path and transformed her life. Her guests unfold some incredible stories. As they reveal their 3 life-changing moments that have shaped who they are today.
3 Girls, 1 Keith with Amy Schumer
Comedian and Actress Amy Schumer is joined by her 3 best friends as they discuss life as stand-up comedians. Covering topics such as politics and pop culture, this podcast has me laughing out loud. It’s a nice change when you just want to tune into something without feeling the need to engage or be overloaded with information. A real pick me up if you are feeling down. I urge you to take a listen to one episode, I guarantee it to make you smile!
The High Low with Dolly Alderton & Pandora Sykes
Both Dolly and Pandora are writers that have a weekly conversation of all things news, culture, and literature. They share their weekly favourites of shows and books they have been enjoying and its like grabbing a coffee with a friend and having a catch-up.
HOSTEing Laura Jackson
Laura Jackson is a tv presenter and columnist with a passion for food, travel, and interiors. She invites guests to share their favourite restaurants, holiday destinations, and independent shops. The conversation with Raven Smith was my personal favourite.
Love Stories with Dolly Alderton
For anyone that has read Dolly’s books or her guardian articles, it feels familiar and comforting to listen to Dolly and guests share their experiences with heartbreak, passion, and moments of love that have shaped their lives.