It’s that time of year again – time to release my list of favorite podcasts! But before I do, I want to share with you one of the not-so-obvious reasons I listen to podcasts.
Yes, they are educational. Yes, they are good for my personal growth. Yes, they make me laugh and cry and shout “Amen!”
But they are also good for my mental health. I don’t often talk about it, but I’ve been fighting a battle with depression and anxiety for years. Some days or weeks are worse than others, but the struggle is always present and always real. Depression and anxiety are constant companions that I’ve learned, and am still learning, with how to cope.
Fortunately, I’ve found podcasts to be a good coping mechanism. They are like medicine – a hope injection – to my soul. On days when I’m feeling depressed or anxious, I can always count on a good podcast to lift my spirits and ease my troubled mind.
Of course, this is not to downplay real medication. I’ve taken depression and anxiety medications in the past and I do believe they are an important component in treating mental illness.
But I also believe that lifestyle choices play a vital role as well. This is why I nurture my body with healthy food, exercise and rest; and this is also why I nurture my mind with meditations and podcasts.
So, without further ado, these are my favorite “hope injections” of 2018.
- You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes
- The Liturgists with Hillary McBride, Micheal Gungor, Mike McHargue & William Matthews
- The Robcast with Rob Bell
- Ask Science Mike with Mike McHargue
- Don’t Keep Your Day Job with Cathy Heller
Looking for last year’s favorites? Check out this post: My Favorite Podcasts of 2017