Picking up a good book or watching a movie or tv show that keeps you entertained or helps you learn more about different topics is always a great idea. But another, equally great alternative to these are podcasts. You can listen to them on the go or while you’re at home relaxing and indulging in much needed self-care breaks.

They’re a great tool for guided meditation, connecting with your mind and innermost thoughts and learning some tips to help you become the best version of yourself.

So, if you’re wondering what podcasts are the best for these, here are five you should subscribe to.

The Daily Meditation Podcast with Mary Meckley

Meditation is one of the best ways to unwind, relax and escape from your worries and the daily stresses of life. But it can be challenging at first to learn the practise of meditation and how to let go of the thoughts in your mind to find inner peace. A great medium for getting into meditation is a guided meditation podcast and The Daily Meditation Podcast is definitely the one for this. There’s an episode on everything from living more consciously to improving your memory and more.

And it’s free to listen to on various platforms including Apple Podcasts and Soundcloud.

Black Girl In Om with Lauren Ash

Created by meditation and yoga teacher and a leading voice in the wellness movement, Lauren Ash, Black Girl In Om is a self-care podcast which aims to uplift, inform and promote self-love within women of colour. She sits down with yogis, holistic lifestyle coaches and other practitioners in the wellness industry who talk about their experiences and share gems, affirmations and advice that help to inspire women on their wellness journeys.

Check it out on platforms such as Google Podcasts, Stitcher, iheart and more.

Therapy For Black Girls with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford

The Therapy For Black Girls Podcast focuses on “all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.” It’s hosted by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed psychologist who shares tips to help you improve your mental health and gives insight into what real life therapy sessions are like. She does make sure to mention that the podcast is “not a substitute for a relationship with a licensed mental health professional”, but it’s definitely a great tool that’ll help you work on your mental health as you make a decision on whether therapy is right for you.

Listen to episodes on iheart, Radiopublic, Apple Podcasts and a few other platforms.

Morning Mindfulness with Dr. Jin

Mindfulness is about connecting with and being more aware of your thoughts and feelings. Through mindfulness, you’re paying attention to your mind and emotions and cultivating a sense of peace and kindness towards yourself. It’s a great practice that can be done at any time of the day especially in the morning as you start your day. In as little as 2 minutes per episode, Dr. Jin will help you form a good mindfulness practice that’ll keep you centred with a mind full of positive thoughts throughout the day. 

You can find it on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts and a number of other platforms.

Balanced Black Girl with Les Alfred

Balanced Black Girl is another wellness podcast that’s sure to be a helpful self-care guide. It was founded by Lestraundra “Les” Alfred to provide a safe space for women of colour to indulge in “wellness, self-care, and self-love, with a little humour along the way.” And there’s no doubt that it does just that as Les takes her listeners through candid and heartfelt conversations about life, health and personal well-being.

It’s available on balancedblackgirl.com, Apple Podcasts, Podbay and more.

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