In yesterday’s post I admitted that I’m a total self-help whore. Whether it’s an explanation on the law of attraction or the memoir of someone who has lived a generally kickass life, I’m pretty much sold. Especially if it has an extremely Instagramable front cover (Sophia Amoruso and #GirlBoss I’m looking at you). It’s an addiction, really.
But I’m also distinctly aware that self-help as a genre has a bit of a bad rep. It kind of screams “I just got a divorce and got made redundant and bought pleather leggings because I think they’ll get me laid”, doesn’t it? So whilst I’m pretty keen on getting everybody I know to dive head first into all of my book recommendations, I know that probably ain’t gonna happen any time soon. Which is why I want to introduce you to some of my favourite podcasts, the baby, but just as badass sister of self-help. They’re little segments of inspiration that you don’t have to to commit 7 hours of your life to.
These are three of my absolute favourites that you’ll rarely find me getting through a day without, be it listening to new episodes or listening to old ones that struck a particular chord.
Getting through this blog post without singing the theme tune to this has already been an absolute failure so I guess that’s going to be in my head for the rest of the day!
The thing that I love about The Friend Zone is that, whilst it’s about all things “mental health and mental hygiene”, it’s still bloody hilarious. I love a bit of self-improvement that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Fran, Dustin and Assanté balance each other out and generate amazing conversation that I think about for the rest of the week. If you want a show that talks about current affairs, wellness and reality TV all in one, you need this in your life.
Getting insight into successful people’s lives is my main thrill in life. Seriously, tell me your secrets! Give me a glimpse into how you make your days so damn productive! That’s why I adore Emma Gannon’s podcast. She’s talked to a tonne of amazing business people that will keep you feeling inspired and ready to get on your grind. It’s especially great if you’re interested in creating a career through the internet, as it was born from her book all about growing up online.
The best part is that there are a whole 66 episodes and counting for you to get stuck in to!
Is it cheating to include a podcast that is a direct spin off from an actual self-help book?
I love Elizabeth Gilbert. She is my absolute queen. So, it’s not surprising that I had to include “Magic Lessons”, which is all about being creatively fulfilled. In each episode she gives advice to real people with real problems about how they can live their best life. Most importantly, she emphasizes just how crucial it is to not be so hard on yourself. And if that’s not a lesson that we could all do with learning, I don’t know what is.