Topics surrounding Mental Health Issues are so stigmatized. Growing up, I was having panic attacks at age 8. I didn’t know what they were and thought something was wrong with me. I remember fall and winter time coming around (I grew up in the midwest) and feeling so foggy, lost, and deeply sad. Little did I know that I was dealing with symptoms of depression. Sometimes it is hard for me to share my experiences with my mental health issues, but at the same time, it’s so helpful to share and process through it. I’ve benefited from the openness others have shown about their own mental health journey. The more we share and open up, the more we’ll all realize that we are not alone in our darkness and in our light.
I’ve curated a list of Podcasts that I love and that help me care for my mental health. Some of these podcasts I listen to regularly, each episodes teaching me something new. Some of them have a few episodes that have had a massive role in my healing. I would love for you to share any podcasts that you listen to that help you find understanding or healing in your mental health journey.
Jen Gotch is OK Sometimes: I love all the episodes tbh. One of my favorites is “The Myth of Perfection”. I’m a recovering perfectionist. I’m also a 3w2 on the Enneagram. If you know you know. (And if you don’t…learn more here.) I really love the “I Cry At Work” episode. WHEW. Too real. I’ll share more on that soon.
The Liturgists Podcast: One day I’ll share more about my experience growing up strictly Evangelical Christian. For now, this podcast is like therapy for me. It came to me during a season where I felt like I was losing myself. Little did I know I was actually getting closer to my true self. A favorite of mine is “Loving Kindness Meditation”. I seriously cried during this mediation. So practical and healing for me. I also was really moved by the “Spiritual Trauma” episode. I’m not ready to share a lot of details behind this, but I do feel as those many of you may resonate with this episode and the podcast in general.
Super Soul Sunday: I mean, Oprah is just good for my mental health. ;] In all seriousness, I love hearing people’s stories. The rawness and depth to the questions that Oprah asks is so beautiful. My favorite episode is “Sheryl Sandberg: How to Build Resilience and Find Joy After Loss”.
Where Should We Begin?: This podcast can be triggering for some, I’m sure. I had to turn it off a few times to process or give myself a break. It’s also deeply helpful. Esther Perel opens up her therapy sessions with couples. I started listening to this podcast during a really hard time, a time that I was also really afraid of going to therapy. After listening to literally every episode, I learned so much…about relationships, communication..and therapy.
Other People’s Problems: I found this podcast through Hillary McBride, one of the co-hosts of The Liturgists Podcast. Again, this podcast can be triggering as each episode is a real counseling session. I love Hillary’s approach and the way she communicates. She is so knowledgeable and insightful. The way she communicates with people is so patient and thoughtful. Listening to these episodes make me feel as though I’m in therapy with her, and also gives me a deeper understanding of other people’s struggles and journeys.