Simple Tips for Self Care: Listen to Podcasts


Simple Tips for Self Care: Listen to Podcasts |

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When I shared my Big Brave Dreams for 2016 last week, I knew I would need to share what I’m learning about caring for myself. This is the first of many self care related posts to come because I don’t want to be selfish with what I’m learning and so that you can hold me accountable to making these new routines habits.

A few weeks ago, someone mentioned the podcast The Longest Shortest Time. I’ve never been into podcasts: I tend to avoid any new trends until there’s proof they aren’t just a passing fad. I’m a visual person, so podcasts didn’t even pique my interest until I looked into this one. I listened to a hilarious episode about kids’ random food issues and I was hooked. That episode led me to Sporkful and I realized that I was the newest podcast fan.

I surveyed my Facebook friends on their favorite podcasts and subscribed to the ones that sounded most interesting.

Over the last few days, I’ve played podcasts while cooking and while cleaning. I miraculously caught up on all the dishes while listening to a podcast. I’m not sure what happens when I’m listening, but by the time an episode is over, the kitchen is clean or some other task I’ve been avoiding is suddenly completed!

So…self care tip #1: if you’ve got mundane tasks that need attention and you’re about to avoid them (again), put on a podcast! You’ll accomplish your to-do list and learn something in the process!

If you don’t have a list of favorite podcasts, here are the ones that I’m constantly waiting for new episodes. I’ve linked each title to the website where you can listen. You can listen on a mobile device or a computer.

The Simple Show

Tsh is a big fan of simplicity and she talks with guests about different ways to simplify life. Their conversations are genuine about how messy life can get and how wonderful life can be.

The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

Jamie’s Happy Hour podcast is a breath of fresh air. She spends the hour with someone she’s currently friends with or would like to get to know better (often celebrities, but not always). The podcast is appropriately named “happy hour” since it feels like you’re sitting down with friends.

Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me

I’ve always loved this program, but haven’t listened often since I only listen to the radio when we’re in the car and that’s never when this show is on. Now that I know it’s a podcast, I get to listen every week!

The Longest Shortest Time

A parenting and family blog that covers almost anything you can think of. It’s delightful and quirky and not just for parents.

The Sporkful

A podcast all about food, but not just for foodies! I listened to an episode today about how sound alters the way you taste and experience food. Definitely an interesting find.

The Moth

The most wonderful thing about this show is that it is just people telling their story. Each episode has three storytellers sharing a life event that changed them in some way.

TED Radio Hour

Another great NPR show that can be listened to any time. My favorite episode so far is the one on courage.

This American Life

Yet another NPR show that appeals to my curiosity and love of learning that I wouldn’t have been able to listen to without the advent of the podcast!

And a few more that I’m looking forward to listening to soon:

  • Gilmore Guys
  • 92Y Talks
  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin
  • A Slob Comes Clean
  • Theater People
  • Radio Lab
  • Stuff You Missed In History Class

Do you listen to podcasts? Which ones? What do you do to take care of yourself and get stuff done?

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  1. MaryLou Caskey on January 25, 2016 at 8:35 am

    This is really fantastic Becky!! I love podcasts too and your writing helps me to feel that I am getting to know you. Bless you!

    • Becky McCoy on January 25, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks, Mary Lou!

  2. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser on January 25, 2016 at 11:04 am

    I’ve never heard a podcast…don’t have a phone (my hearing is so bad it’s not worth it, and there’s no one to talk with anyway), and I assume that podcasts are heard on Apple I-Pods, which are phones?

    Boy, do I feel like a Neanderthal!

    • Becky McCoy on January 25, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      I only just figured it out myself! Each podcast title is linked to its website and you can listen there.

  3. Mary Newman on January 26, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks for the new podcasts to look up! Def going to check some out!
    I like FamilyTalk with Dobson, The Busy Mom {Heidi St.John}, Ravi Zacharias & Focus on the Family. I like shows that have variety and introduce me to different authors. I like anything to do with psychology, family relationships & Christian living/application.
    I also learned about Librivox. You can listen to audiobooks that are in the public domain {tons of classics} thru this app. They are read by volunteers and there are many languages available too! I’m in the middle of Heidi a la French just for practice. I am also in the middle of White Fang and Jane Eyre. Just depends on my mood!
    So many free resources online! Love it!

    • Becky McCoy on January 27, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      Audiobooks are a great idea!!

  4. Sarah DeLeo on January 28, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Yes! My girlfriend introduced me last August. I was hooked. I too find my kitchen or bathrooms are super clean by the time I am done :). I listen to authentic intimacy, focus on the family, north point community church, Ravi Zacharias and then just whatever hits my fancy. So glad you are enjoying them!

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