Mental Health Podcast You Should Check Out Now - Your Physical Health Will Thank You!
One thing I’ve learned the hard way during my journey to physical health is that mental health and physical health are incredibly intertwined. While it’s possible to have one without the other, the odds are far less likely of achieving physical health when your mental health is off-kilter.
Personally, I’d recommend counseling to everyone, even those who feel fine inside. There is something immeasurably beneficial about having a totally unbiased person listen to your problems and help you process all the noise life throws at us.
If you’re struggling with obesity, anxiety, sadness, loss, alcoholism, drug abuse, work problems and/or relationship issues, or anything at all that’s causing you pain inside, please do yourself a favor and find a counselor you connect with.
I realize counseling is expensive and many insurance policies have limited coverage for counseling. That’s where mental health podcasts can really help fill a need. While you may not be able to have a back and forth conversation with a podcast, simply listening to these podcasts can provide enlightenment on a whole host of topics. Most certainly you’ll find numerous podcasts that address your specific problems and can help you work through them.
Among my favorites, these are mental health podcasts to get your brain in the right place:
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗛𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝗹𝗳 𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗣𝗼𝗱𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁
Hosted by psychologist Robert Duff, also known across social media as Duff the Psych, this show covers “mental health for real people.” He talks about depression, anxiety and trauma from his professional perspective in an approachable way that makes you feel heard. A recent episode debunked the misconception that many people feel they aren’t “bad enough” to do therapy, which hit so close to home for me that it stung. Although many of these mental health podcasts include disclaimers about seeking professional advice, I particularly adore Duff’s acknowledgement that many of these topics may be tough, so it’s fine for listeners to skip an episode if needed, but he also challenges them to be brave while consuming the content they need to hear.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗴𝗴𝗹𝗲 𝗕𝘂𝘀
Co-hosts Katharine Heller and Sally Tamarkin talk about mental health, self-care and “just getting through the damn day.” Two good friends, they also chatter about pop culture, daily life, work, family, and feelings in general, which makes the episodes fun and conversational. The intro song invites you to “climb aboard the struggle bus,” and what could be better than that? Each episode, they answer listeners’ questions about self-care, relationships, feeling broken and being stuck in a rut.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗛𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗗𝗲𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻
This podcast has long topped the charts for health and lifestyle podcasts as a quality mental health show, often described as part-comedy/part-therapy. Created by public radio host John Moe, it connects conversations about depression with humor and features big-name Hollywood stars such as Mara Wilson, Andrew Zimmern and Neko Case. A member of American Public Media, the show is funded by MakeItOK.org
, a campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illnesses. Most of all, I love that the show and the funders behind it are insistent on encouraging open conversations and blasting open misperceptions of mental illness.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗜𝗹𝗹𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝘆 𝗛𝗼𝘂𝗿
Another frequent chart-topper, rightfully so, is this one, which explores mental illness, trauma, addiction and negative thinking. Comedian Paul Gilmartin hosts the show and interviews comedians, actors and doctors who talk about specific topics such as narcissism, childhood emotional neglect and social media. One of my favorite recent conversations is with Caitlin Doughty, an innovative mortician in Los Angeles known everywhere online as @TheGoodDeath, who speaks on the show about her fascination and fear of death, her battles with anxiety and the problems around workaholism.
𝗖𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗨𝗽 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗠𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗗𝗿. 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗳
Whether you are struggling in your personal life or simply want to learn how to understand and use your mind to live your best life, this podcast will provide you with practical tips and tools to help you take back control over your mental, emotional, and physical health.
𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗽𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗕𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗹𝘀
Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. The podcast is a weekly chat about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves. Join your host, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist as she offers practical tips and strategies to improve your mental health, pulls back the curtain on what happens in therapy sessions, and answers your listener questions.
If you’re dealing with any sort of mental stress, depression, sadness, addiction or anything else that’s keeping you down, don’t wait another day to start the healing process. Mental Health Podcasts are a great way to soothe your mind and learn actionable steps to begin the process of recovery.
And please don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed to admit your experiencing troubles in life. You are not alone! MOST OF US DO EXPERIENCE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES FROM TIME TO TIME.
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