Now more than ever it’s a good idea to turn on tune in and drop out and lose yourself in a podcast. Switching off from your daily routine or just allowing your brain to take time out are great for your mental wellbeing and brain health.
Here are some of our favourite podcasts :
Ted Talks Daily These are educational, inspiring and engaging talks from some of the world’s greatest minds and covers everything from shame, forgiveness, technology and everything in-between.Bill Gates, Brene Brown, Jane Goodall and Al Gore are just some of the famous names who take part but it’s also the names you might not be familiar with that will surprise and delight you the most.
How Did We Get Here? Claudia Winkleman and Professor Tanya Byron tackle personal issues head on in this intimate podcast which advises real people on how to handle the challenges they are facing.Topics include mental health difficulties, dealing with a devastating diagnosis and how to discipline your kids.
Happy Place Fearne Cotton holds frank and honest conversations with an eclectic mix of guests including Dawn French, Vex King, Glennon Doyle, Ricky Gervais, Hilary Clinton, and Davina McCall.Topics cover everything from love, loss confidence, setting boundaries, the challenges of setting up a business and family issues.
How To Fail with Elizabeth Day No matter how successful someone is, they will have endured many failures and this podcast is a celebration of making mistakes and failing - both big and small.It’s a whose who of famous people too as the likes of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Matthew Syed, Marian Keyes and Malcolm Gladwell all opening up about what they’ve learned from mistakes and failures.
Happy Mum, Happy Baby A reassuring listen with Giovanna Fletcher discussing motherhood with an array of famous mums including Alesha Dixon, Paloma Faith, Prue Leith, Lorraine Kelly, the Duchess of Cambridge, Emma Bunton and Dawn O’Porter. The conversations are franks and warm and are an extension of Fletcher’s best selling book. Nothing is off limits.
My Wardrobe Malfunction Susannah Constantine - one half of 90’s Sloaney style setters Trinny and Susannah - invites her guests to talk about the clothes and outfits they love and those that they’d rather forget.Guests include Stacey Dooley, Michelle Visage, Elizabeth Hurley, Dame Kristin Scott Thomas and Nile Rodgers. Jovial light hearted content which works even thoughyou’d think you might need a visual of the outfit the guests are describing.
The National Trust Podcast This podcast is released every two weeks and takes you on an adventure through some of the UK’s best walks, homes and gardens and secret destinations with fascinating facts.Episodes include: Midsummer Magic and Mayhem, The Silver Surfers, How Gardens Heal and Musical Time Machines.
Desert Island Discs Immerse yourself in real life stories of triumph, hard work, loss, disappointment and humour from famous and celebrated voices. Whether you are interested in science, art, music or comedy there are inspiring stories for all as each accomplished castaway decides which pieces of music would sustain them alone on a desert island. Our favourites include Episodes by: Jo Malone, Lin Manuel Miranda, Jilly Cooper and Tom Hanks (Then feel free to spend the rest of your day pondering your own Desert Island music choices....)
Dr Clara Russell