When we think about wellness, one of the first things that may come to mind is the idea of “self-care.” While the media often illustrates self-care in the form of indulgent shopping sprees or a day at the spa, it’s more effective to find small pockets of time within each day to implement self-care rather than scheduling the occasional manicure. The key is consistency.
One commonly overlooked opportunity for self-care is the commute to and from work. Now I know what you’re thinking: “self-care” and “commute” may not sound like two words that belong in the same sentence. However, the time spent in your car can be a useful time to dedicate to one’s emotional and mental wellness.
One method of self-care is listening to podcasts. Depending on your need, you can find an appropriate podcast. The following is a list of five wellness-based podcasts to get you started.
Unlocking Us hosted by Brene Brown
You may have seen Brene Brown’s viral TED Talk “The Power of Vulnerability.” Brene Brown is both a researcher and a storyteller who has spent twenty years studying the nature of the human spirit by examining the relationships between vulnerability, courage, shame, and empathy. Follow along with Brene as she embraces both the joys and hardships of the human experience and everything in between.
Available on: Apple App store, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, and more.
Meditative Story hosted by Rohan Gunatillake
Many people utilize meditation as part of their daily practice. While there are many forms of meditation, Rohan focuses specifically on mindfulness and has no shortage of knowledge to share. Listed on Wired’s, “The Smart List: 50 people who will change the world” 2012 edition, Rohan combines storytelling, music, and guided meditative prompts to give listeners an all-around immersive experience. Past guests on the show include ABC Nightline’s Dan Harris, actress Catherine Reitman, and NPR’s Peter Sagal… just to name a few.
Available on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google podcasts, and more.
Dreams in Drive hosted by Rana Campbell
Host, Rana Campbell, inspires and motivates listeners to achieve their wildest dreams by breaking down the process into bite-sized actionable steps. Covering everything from career success to personal growth, she speaks candidly and honestly about her own experiences including how motherhood has shaped her own journey. Rana is here to support you on your own unique path to living a meaningful and passion-filled life. Buckle up, because, as she says, Rana Campbell is about to show you how to put your #dreamsindrive.
Available on: Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, iHeart Radio, and more.
10 Things To Tell You hosted by Laura Tremaine
Another popular self-care practice is journaling. Journaling can feel intimidating at first. Many people find themselves avoiding it due to the fact that they feel the need to do it “right.” You may find yourself saying, “No way, I’m not a writer!” but with Laura’s guidance, each episode is filled with deeply self-reflective prompts; one of the things she emphasizes most is to abandon the idea of doing it “right.” Whether you answer in the form of long poetic prose, bullet points, or even through open discussion with family and friends, Laura reminds us that the key is reflection, not perfection. Episodes include everything from guest interviews, to book suggestions, to the sharing of her own experiences with motherhood, anxiety, and starting out in a career in reality television. With Laura’s conversational tone, you’ll feel right at home as if chatting with a close friend over coffee.
Available on: Apple App store, Stitcher, Spotify, Listen Notes, and more.
Affirmation Pod hosted by Josie Ong
Twice a week, Josie Ong releases new episodes centered on helping listeners to embrace self-love. For those with a shorter commute time, this podcast may be the perfect fit as episodes generally don’t run longer than 15 minutes. If you’re seeking to combat self-doubt, manage anxiety, improve relaxation and sleeping habits, and learn to be kinder to yourself, Josie has the affirmations for you.
Available on: Apple App store, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and more.
Whether you try one of these suggested podcasts or already have your own favorite, the key is maintaining self-care as a regular part of your daily routine. In doing so, you may find yourself shifting your thoughts about a morning commute from a source of stress to one of joy.