Posted on 18/12/2020 by
I’m sure I am not alone in feeling the overwhelming pressure and challenges that this year has brought us. No doubt many of us are breathing a huge sigh of relief as we approach year end and get enticingly closer to 2021. With the holiday season on our doorstep, here are a selection of podcasts that I have enjoyed this year that are very much focused on self-care and healing. May these help you to unwind, reset and kick-start 2021 with renewed energy and optimism.
1. Arianna Huffington on the Pillars of Wellbeing
An oldie but a goodie which couldn’t be more pertinent than now. Arianna of the Huffington Post and author of best-selling book Thrive shares her insights and personal experience on the importance of wellbeing, whilst emphasizing that burnout does not equal success. She asks us to re-examine our lives and integrate some simple daily practices that fall under the 4 pillars of Wellbeing, Wisdom, Wonder, and Giving
2. Simple Tools for Health: Breath
Did you know that we take on average 25,000 breaths per day? For something so vital to survival, we should pay more attention to our breath and ensure we are working at peak efficiency. This is a wonderful podcast for its simplicity and accessibility to all. James Nestor, journalist and author of Breath explores this topic backed by science and history with host Ella Mills and applauds its therapeutic effect on the body. We can learn to do more with less and an action as simple as breathing through our nose can increase oxygenation of the breath by 20%.
3. How to Train Your Mind to Heal Your Body – Dr. Joe Dispenza
There are a multitude of podcasts available on meditation and this one is punctuated by scientific evidence should you need further encouragement. Learn how to break bad habits and ignite transformation and change. Host of the Mindvalley Podcast, Vishen Lakhiani chats with legendary researcher and neuroscientist, Dr. Joe Dispenza, on the amazing healing and restorative powers of meditation and how we can make ourselves more resistant to the external environment. If we choose to disconnect from the outer world and replace emotions of fear, worry, and anxiety with gratitude, science shows that we can boost our immune system in as little as 4 days.
4. How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep: The Very Best Tips on Sleep
Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, British doctor, author, television presenter and host of podcast Feel Better Live More shares practical tips on how some minor lifestyle tweaks can promote better sleep and, ultimately, enhance your overall performance. This podcast consolidates knowledge shared from previous episodes with 5 guests and talks us through the effects of stress, artificial light, alcohol, and caffeine on the quality of our sleep.
5. Three Reflections to Improve Your Resilience & Mental Strength
An empowering and motivational podcast as we look ahead to a new year and strive to adopt healthier habits. Jay Shetty, author of Think Like a Monk and host of podcast On Purpose uncovers the importance of resilience and the value of pain in our personal growth. If we just shift our mindset and choose to reflect and process the pain properly this can lead to perspective, gratitude, and resilience.
Hope you enjoy taking a moment to pause, invest in yourself, and incorporate some of these practices into your daily routine. I have found that just one small change can have the biggest impact on health and wellbeing so do encourage everyone to give it a go and start forming a healthy habit today.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in my network and their families a wonderful festive season. Merry Christmas & happy listening from the Charlotte Frank team!