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Helping you through times of solitude: 10 podcasts worth listening to

Helping you through times of solitude: 10 podcasts worth listening to

There’s only so many recipes you can cook, rooms you can clean and movies you can watch. But to help pass the time in other ways, there are an abundance of podcasts you can tune in to. And the benefit is, you can kill two birds with one stone by listening to a podcast while you’re busy doing another task – now that’s super productive.

Depending on your personal taste, podcasts can keep you informed, make you laugh, assist you in becoming more knowledgeable – but most importantly – they can help bring comfort in a time where we all desperately need it.

So, as many of us press pause on our regular routines, we might also find ourselves pressing play on a new audio show. Get ready to plug in your headphones and start adding to your playlist because we’ve found an interesting mix of the most helpful podcast to get you through isolation.

Podcasts for wellbeing

Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

In such unstable times it is completely normal to feel worried or anxious – it’s what makes us human. So, if you’re searching for a solution to ease the burden of any stressful situations you might be facing in this current climate, Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris is a helpful audio show to bring some calm to your chaos. Build your resilience with Dan’s practical tips on how to handle anxiety or find your zen with a guided meditation session with help from the world’s best teachers. Whatever it may be, these easy listening episodes hosted by the New York Times best-selling author offers a sanity break that is sure to elevate your mood.

Podcasts for the kids

But Why

Do you have a child who always seems to ask the question: but why? If you do, then you should probably get your kid listening to But Why. It is the perfect listen for curious minds. From facts about nature, to how we taste food, and even the end of the world, this podcast answers kids inquisitive questions about anything and everything – and you child can get their answers too. If your child would like to submit a question, simply use your smartphone’s memo function or an audio app to record your kid’s question then email the audio file to questions@butwhykids.org. Be sure to include: your child’s first name, age and town.

Big Life Kids Podcast

What better time to teach your children resilience then now? The Big Life Kids Podcast encourages youngsters from ages five to 10 to have faith in their skills and believe in themselves. In each episode, narrators Zara and Leo travel to different parts of the world to discover the living heroes that are making a big difference. Along their journey, they’re faced with challenges, and through deep critical thinking, the lessons they learn are taught to listeners. This podcast helps kids develop a growth mindset, gain confidence and learn the art of problem solving.

Podcasts for remote workers

How I Work

How I Work is a helpful podcast that many people might be needing right about now. Host, Dr Amantha Imber is no stranger to working from home and knows all too well about boosting productivity at some of the biggest companies in the world. In her spinoff series, How I Work From Home, she urges workers to take their at-home workspaces by the horns and defines how being in full control of your workday can result in more efficient remote working.

Podcasts for entertainment

Morbid: A True Crime Podcast

Born out of a genuine love for true crime and all things spooky, Morbid: A True Crime Podcast is for the weird and wonderful people who love to dip their toe into the dark side. Hosted by lifelong friends Ash and Alaina, the women speak of serial killers, unsolved murder mysteries, spooky history, paranormal happenings, conspiracy theories and anything that sends chills down your spine and gets your mind working overtime.

The Joe Rogan Experience

Known as the face of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Joe Rogan is a sports commentator, writer and comedian, television and podcast host and occasional actor. The Joe Rogan Experience podcast doesn’t have one distinct theme but rather touches all topics of interest. It has grown to become one of the world’s most popular podcasts, regularly receiving millions of views per episode, and includes a wide array of guests – from Lex Fridman, a research scientist at MIT who works on human-centred artificial intelligence to Colin O’Brady, a professional endurance athlete, motivational speaker and adventurer. 

The Paris Review

The Paris Review is a literary magazine featuring original writing, art, and in-depth interviews with famous writers. It has now transformed its content into the ultimate curated listen for anyone interested in culture, modern-day muses and unique storytelling. The audio adaption breathes life into the works and tales of some of the world’s most eclectic writers. This show is best for taking listeners on an adventure of fiction, poetry, archival recordings and audible imaginings.

Podcasts for curious minds

Stuff You Should Know

This award-winning podcast and video series published by Stuff Media is consistently ranked in the Top 10 on iTunes. Its name describes in short exactly what the premise of the audio show is about. Stuff You Should Know explores anything and everything; from satanism and the Stonewall Uprising to chaos theory and getting into the nitty gritty of how stuff works. This ear tugger will fill your brain with helpful facts and knowledgeable know-hows that just might make you a little cleverer.

Hidden Brain

The Hidden Brain audio show helps curious people understand the world – and themselves. Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain’s host Shankar Vedantam reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behaviour, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships. From discussing the unfinished lesson of what the 1918 flu tells us about human nature to the power of judgement-free learning, Hidden Brain is a must for anyone’s podcast playlist.

Coronacast

Our ears are completely open and to the ground as we seek a healthy balance of national updates that are both reliable and true. With the deluge of fake news floating around the World Wide Web, it’s important to engage with only trustworthy resources to keep you up to date and educated on current events. ABC’s Coronacast is a podcast that helps answer questions about the current virus pandemic. It breaks down the latest news and research to help you understand how people around the globe are living through an epidemic.

Help yourself and others remain safe by staying at home and following the instructions shared by the experts. Keep in mind that even though it might feel like we’re alone, no matter what’s going on in the world we’re all in this together.

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