Best mindfulness podcasts 2020: chill out with these de-stressing words
Whatever your taste, these shows will help you live in the moment.
Mindfulness is something of a buzzword at the minute. But don’t let that put you off, because there’s a lot of reason behind this particular trend.
Living in the moment and avoiding overthinking are just two small parts of the journey to practicing mindfulness, which is where this round-up of the best mindfulness podcasts comes in.
UPDATE: With podcasts more popular than ever, Spotify is looking into offering a premium service for them. Currently, there's a wide selection of podcasts available bundled into its service but a new survey is doing the rounds where it is asking how much you would pay for a premium, standalone podcast service. It may not happen, but it's clear Spotify is looking to do something big with podcasts.
With so many podcasts, apps and countless pieces of advice to be found all over the internet, it’s about time someone collated a short and sweet list to make your mindfulness journey easier.
Here you’ll find 10 of the best from across the world, including The Overwhelmed Brain, Headspace’s podcast series and The Couragemakers. It’s an eclectic mix.
Some are meditative, while others are a mixture of round table discussions, casual chats and experts speaking from their own experiences. There’s also one in there for younger listeners, after all, it’s never too early to get the little ones away from the screen and living in the moment.
These are the mindfulness podcasts worth subscribing to.
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Best mindfulness podcasts
1. The Mindful PodcastListen now on Apple Podcasts
A combination of mindfulness meditation and practice, this podcast is a great introduction to the subject. With chats about where exactly the road to mindfulness will lead and also point of view conversations around the subject itself, this is a great podcast to keep you in the moment. It’s also the ideal way to notice the smaller day-to-day details you might otherwise find yourself overlooking.
2. The Overwhelmed BrainListen now on Apple Podcasts
Covering all manner of subjects - from toxic relationships to anxiety and stress - The Overwhelmed Brain is a podcast for those looking to ask questions and delve deeper into the human psyche. A self-help podcast by Paul Colaianni, it’s definitely an interesting listen for those looking to understand why humans are programmed to think the way we do.
3. The CouragemakersListen now on Apple Podcasts
Created by Meg Kissack, this is a podcast for the dreamers and creatives out there looking to do something a little different with their lives. Released every monday, this podcast contains chats about life, inspiring stories and novel experiences that combine to create a truly interesting and encouraging listen.
4. HeadspaceListen now on Headspace
Probably the most well known name when it comes to mindfulness apps, Headspace also has a rather handy podcast that can be found on their site. Covering everything up to and including stress, exercise and happiness, this is well rounded podcast that even includes round-ups including guided walk suggestions and round table discussions.
5. SelfieListen now at Life Listened
The result of a lifestyle blogger and a psychotherapist joining forces to create a self-help podcast, Selfie is the vision of Sarah James and Kristen Howerton. Delving into the everyday topics we often overlook, including ‘Why don’t I eat the way I should?’ and ‘How do I get enough sleep?’, this is a conversational podcast that covers both the silly and the serious. It’s also well worth a listen if you’re into interesting, informative listens.
6. The OneMind PodcastListen now on Apple Podcasts
The world’s a busy old place, so is there really time to squeeze meditation into your daily routine? The answer is a resounding yes. A combination of interviews with meditation teachers and those who simply enjoy practicing, this podcast is a great way of integrating the art of meditation into your everyday life.
7. The Daily Meditation PodcastListen now on Spotify
Designed for those who just don’t have enough hours in the day, this daily podcast lasts exactly 8-minutes and is short enough to squeeze into even the tightest of schedules. Hosted by meditation teacher, Mary Meckley, the podcast aims to help increase focus, decrease stress and leave listeners feeling altogether more relaxed.
8. Peace OutListen now on Bed Time
If you’re looking for short, calming podcasts that are an easy listen and ideal for integrating into your child’s bedtime routine, then Peace Out is an ideal option. Made up of short stories that are perfect for both adults looking to teach mindfulness and children wishing to listen to a story, these short but sweet listens are a great introduction to the concept.
9. The Anxiety GuyListen now on Apple Podcasts
This is a podcast born out of personal experience. Created by Dennis Simsek, a former professional tennis player who spent six years struggling with a panic disorder and health anxiety, he is now a life coach hoping to help others learn from his experiences. Covering topics including depression, how to handle stress and issues surrounding anxiety, this is a podcast well worth listening to.
10. The Ezra Klein ShowListen now on Apple Podcasts
Produced by Vox and presented by, you guessed it, Ezra Klein, this podcast looks into precisely what makes humans tick. Ever wondered why certain people rise to the top of their profession almost effortlessly, why some politicians appeal and others don’t or why Corvid-19 looks to be more patient than humans? This podcast looks behind the news stories to figure out just why humans act the way they do.