We all have days when our mental health isn’t great. Maybe we are stuck somewhere on our own allowing our irrational thoughts unimpeded access to our brains or we’re facing some other personal challenges which just make everything that little bit harder. On days like these I find it is useful to have a few ideas to fall back on, to help alleviate distress and provide a distraction from the running commentary in my brain. Over a series of posts I am going to introduce you all to a few of these ideas which collectively form a kind of mental health survival kit ready for use at any time.
The first example I am going to talk about is Podcasts, I know that a lot of people find that listening to music can be helpful when they are feeling low but personally I find it can be a hindrance rather than a help, forcing me into a spiralling cycle of introspective thoughts. Instead I turn to the comforting voices of my favourite podcasts, providing a distraction from the never ending thoughts. Here are a few of the best…
Jules and Sarah
This is the perfect podcast if you’re looking for a bit of lighthearted fun. Jules Von Hep and Sarah Powell are two Northerners living in London who chronicle the amusing events of day to day life in the big city. Expect plenty of talk about food, spray tans and ‘News from the North’ which are certain to cheer up a gloomy day.
Sarah also wrote a blog post on her own experiences with anxiety which is well worth a visit and can be found here
Find Jules and Sarah here every Friday morning.
My Dad Wrote a Porno
As the name suggests this podcast is definitely for older readers as it includes a lot of sexual talk and innuendo. This laugh out loud podcast is not one to listen to in public as Jamie Morton, Alice Levine and James Cooper attempt to read Jamie’s dads self-published porno ‘Belinda Blinks’.
The podcast comes out every Monday and there is also an extra ‘footnotes’ episode every Thursday. Find the three of them here
Hey It’s OK.
Presented by the staff at Glamour magazine, each episode of this podcast features a celebrity guest who debates the pros and cons of daily life. Discussions range from the frivolous – is it ok to repeatedly use the same emoji? to the more serious – is it ok to be bored in a relationship? or to not attend a friends wedding?
If you love Glamour magazine or celebrity gossip you are sure to enjoy this podcast which can be found here
So there you go, do you have any podcasts you can recommend? Or something else you listen to on bad days? I’d love to hear your suggestions.