Podcasts are a modern form of entertainment. However, they’re also incredibly helpful for anyone struggling with mental health.
Much of their value comes from their ability to saturate your mind with information even while you complete other tasks. That’s why many people listen to their favorite podcasts while they finish work or attend to chores.
Let’s dive into some of the top podcasts for mental health and other topics for entrepreneurs or self-employed workers.
The Unbeatable Mind
The Unbeatable Mind is hosted by Mark Divine. He’s a retired Navy Seal commander and a New York Times best-selling author, speaker, and entrepreneur. The podcast talks about both mental and physical health and more diverse topics.
Mark speaks in this podcast episode with Twitter vice president Bruce Daisley.
The two discuss different ways to create better work cultures, which are helpful mental health strategies for both entrepreneurs, home workers, and even for the employed at large.
They talk about how workplace culture is affected by neuroscience, and how companies can embrace technology without letting it override the purpose of the company or endeavor.
Additionally, they share how employees can be made productive by encouraging “buzz states,” which are somewhat like company-wide periods of flow.
This episode has Mark speaking with Eliot Marshall about business and how Elliott himself has struggled throughout his life with anxiety and depression. Elliott is a successful MMA fighter,
Elliott describes his own strategies to overcome these mental health problems. These include using teamwork to accomplish articles and understanding why he gets up in the morning and pursues his objectives. He also talks about how he uses the difficulty of challenges to build himself up.
It highlights the importance for entrepreneurs and home employees to understand the reason for their effort. It also teaches the invaluable skill of marshaling your own challenges for your benefit.
The Hilarious World of Depression
This podcast discusses a usually taboo topic: depression. Even though it’s more common than many may realize, it’s rarely talked about openly.
Host John Moe invites speakers and celebrities onto the show to discuss depression and their personal experiences with the condition.
In this episode, John and many of the listeners of the podcast join forces to talk about the common myths that depression presents while it grips your mind.
In a nutshell, the podcast discusses and disproves various “lies of depression” that those in the throes of the condition may know aren’t true, but which feel all too real for comfort.
It’s an excellent episode for reminding yourself that things aren’t as bad as they may seem.
Anil Dash, a tech thinker and the CEO of the company Glitch, jumps on the podcast to talk about how technology can either help with depression or make the condition worse. Dash himself has a history of depression and shares it on the podcast.
John and Dash both discuss the positives and negatives of social media. They also discuss whether technology will end up being a good or bad development for humanity as a whole.
In general, it’s concluded that moderate social media and technology use may be better than overindulging.
Tiny Leaps, Big Changes
The Tiny Leaps, Big Changes podcast focuses on personal development and is hosted by Gregg Clunis. Most of the episodes revolve around simple strategies you can use to immediately improve your life and help your productivity.
This episode focuses on different ways you can learn to trust your instincts. It also explains how instincts may be helpful in do or die situations.
Specifically, Gregg goes over four main strategies:
- slowing down the situation and listening,
- asking yourself precisely what you think your gut is telling you,
- tuning out noise or distractions,
- learning to become unafraid to change your own mind.
This podcast is beneficial for entrepreneurs who may be wondering whether they should take a particular plunge or go “all-in” for their next business venture.
This episode also discusses four main strategies, though these are about beginning and maintaining a meditation habit.
Meditation has proven benefits for mental health in general.
Entrepreneurs and those who work at home would be smart to take up the practice for their well-being and the productivity of their business.
The main four strategies involve:
- starting small (so you don’t burn yourself out and quit when you fail),
- meditating everywhere you can,
- stacking many positive habits for positive feedback loops
- keeping your life simple to the best of your ability.
Ultimately, the strategies discussed here will be valuable for any worker, not just entrepreneurs.
The Dark Place
The grim title is appropriate for this mental health podcast hosted by Joel Kutz. Many of the episodes revolve around sharing stories about depression and other mental illness forms.
Each episode doesn’t necessarily deal with therapeutic strategies, but the podcast does allow people to speak openly about their challenges.
Kevin Hines jumps on the show to discuss his survived suicide attempt after he lept off the Golden Gate Bridge. In the 17 years since that day, Hines has become an advocate for those with mental illness.
The episode delves explicitly into how Hines dealt with bipolar disorder and how his various efforts have been successful in preventing many veteran suicides.
It’s good for those struggling themselves, as finding someone who successfully overcame the challenges of mental illness can often be inspiring.
It is particularly interesting to hear about Hine’s work as a whole and the impact he’s making.
Laura Thompson, a 23-year-old journalist, discusses her own experiences with anxiety and panic attacks with Kutz. She currently runs a mental health newsletter.
Ultimately, the episode examines the wisdom of expressing your emotions and sharing your mental health burdens with others. Entrepreneurs and those who work from home often have difficulty with this aspect of mental health. Sometimes because they are more isolated than traditional employees.
But this episode certainly goes into why having a strong social support network is necessary for consistent mental health. Even if you work from home, it’s important to make weekly efforts to connect with friends and loved ones. You don’t spend the entire week in front of a computer.
It’s a podcast about the little things and keeping things simple.
Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus co-host this podcast and talk about how they live meaningful lives without surrounding themselves with consumer objects.
It’s an ideal podcast for entrepreneurs who may need to tighten the budget and who may be emotionally struggling with this idea.
This latest episode goes over tons of topics, befitting the heavy title. They speak with a researcher, Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, to talk about how trauma can affect mental health for a long time after the event has concluded and how best to recover from extreme grief scenarios.
Specific questions, like how to come up with ideas for overcoming distant past traumas to face newer challenges, are answered as well.
It’s a vital podcast episode for anyone struggling with mental health issues as a result of specific prior events. It’s also for those looking to move on from a dark chapter of their lives.
This episode takes a different turn, in which both of the hosts talk about organizing and cleaning the home.
The episode is great for self-employed workers. It has lots of strategies for both document organization and describes the benefits of keeping your home and life tidy and clean.
Especially onset, many self-employed workers fail to keep a clean home, and their mental health ends up suffering as a result. Several strategies for those just beginning or those inundated by home clutter alike are covered.
Feel Better Live More
This podcast launched in January 2018 and is hosted by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee. It’s one of the most popular podcasts in the entire UK. It covers a plethora of health topics, including those surrounding mental health.
In this episode, Dr. Chatterjee brings on Dr. Sabrina Cohen-Hatton as a guest speaker: a psychologist in neuroscience.
The podcast conversation goes through Sabrina’s own journeys with childhood trauma and homelessness. Then it delves into her academic research surrounding mental health and strategies people can pursue to make healthy decisions.
It’s one of the better podcast episodes for those struggling with making bad decisions, especially under pressure. Freelancers and those with mental health problems often dig deeper holes for their conditions because of external or internal pressures, so the information here is especially enlightening.
This episode invites Brendon Stubbs, the head of physiotherapy at a London trust and a clinical lecturer and researcher. His work focuses on how physical activity is important for the health of the body and mind.
The episode dives deep into his lifelong research as a result. As physical fitness is one of the first things to suffer due to mental health issues, it’s an important episode both for recovery and for those looking to minimize the damage of a future mental health problem.
It’s also a great episode for freelancers, especially if they work in front of the computer.
Getting physically active is a great way to help yourself even if you spend lots of time in front of a computer.
This podcast series is presented by Heart FM’s DJ Matt Wilkinson. It covers a variety of topics ranging from depression to mood management to bipolar disorder and is more casual than many other mental health podcasts on the market.
This episode introduces us to Tim, the weekly guest. Tim describes his mental health issues and talks about how he discovered how much food affected his mood and made his daily medication more or less effective.
He also talks about how different foods affected how he thought about his medication and how well he was able to respond to various therapeutic treatments.
As eating disorders are quite common and food is almost always on our minds, it’s an important podcast for general information and for those who may struggle with similar mental health problems.
This more serious episode talks about depression and self-help groups. The guest is Christina Young, and she details how going to self-help groups and relying on strong social support networks were keys to overcoming her depression.
This therapeutic treatment is interesting to hear about, particularly because she received her depressive illness from abuse as a child, so opening herself up to strangers was particularly hard.
The podcast gives much hope to those in similar situations. It can be helpful if a listener is struggling with similar memories.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Hosted by the titular Gretchen Rubin, who is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, this podcast focuses exclusively on happiness and how to make it more of an active presence in your life.
This podcast is great for freelancers looking to become more content with their day-to-day routines or for those struggling with mental health problems. Elizabeth Craft also co-hosts it.
Guest Jordan Harbinger comes on the podcast to talk about networking strategies: a major technique that all freelancers or self-employed workers need to master sooner or later.
It also discusses happiness in several approaches through which you can trick yourself into being grateful and happy with what you have.
One of the most important of these is a “stress diary,” which works by dumping all of your internal stresses out onto the page.
It’s a great podcast episode through and through for anyone looking to boost their mental health just because of these strategies.
Many people, especially entrepreneurs and freelancers, ended up quitting their day jobs because they discovered something that made them happier than their current position.
This episode discusses how happiness can change. It also discusses the difficulty that some people face when they don’t know what they really want to do for self-fulfillment.
It’s a very personal episode, and will likely speak to many who entered adulthood and discovered that they couldn’t be happy without knowing what they wanted to do next.
How We Solve
How We Solve is a business-oriented podcast that brings on industry experts across multiple disciplines to discuss solutions to business issues. As such, it’s a perfect podcast choice for entrepreneurs and independent workers.
This episode brings on Tom Krieglestein, a “forum launcher” and the founder of Swift Kick. Tom talks about how he got into the business of gathering people and moving an audience with words in the mastermind groups he builds.
Tom goes through the different ways in which he creates forums and breaks down the problems he solved in order to create his own success.
While the solutions here aren’t necessarily applicable to every industry, the overall ideas and mindsets are valuable to any entrepreneur because building a community for yourself is the ultimate path to maintaining mental wellness.