Whether you’re self-isolating in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak or just feeling like you’re stuck in a bit of a rut – worry not. Podcasts are hugely popular audio shows streamed freely, and they’re here to save the day. If you’ve recently found your days to be a bit frustrating, these podcasts are sure to entertain you, educate you, and inspire you.
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In 2019 over 100 million people listened to a podcast every week. This is because podcasts are a great way to keep entertained while you’re multitasking. And no matter what interests you hold dear, there will be people streaming about them.
Especially if you’re self-isolating, these audio shows can be helpful stimulation to help you pass the days. Recent stats show that there are over 700,000 active podcasts and 29 million podcast episodes available. So you’re bound to find something you love, and we’re here to help you.
For the wellness guru
If you stumbled upon the goop lab on Netflix, why not continue the conversation with the podcast? Each episode deals with a different topic, meaning you can scroll until you find something that really interests you – and then do a deep-dive.
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“The degree to which the diet is difficult to follow will determine how long someone will continue to do it,” says nutritionist and trainer Harley Pasternak. Why we like Pasternak: he doesn’t believe in dieting. He doesn’t believe in extreme exercising. He’d rather we go for a walk and call a friend. He understands why we like sugar (he’s also the cofounder of a mint brand called Sweetkick). On goopfellas, Pasternak shares the food, movement, and stress management philosophies—along with a system for tracking personal wellness goals—that has helped his clients (including half of Hollywood’s action stars) feel their best.
For the true crime junkie
My Favourite Murder is a weekly podcast that’s packed with intriguing stories, dark humour, and loads of history. It’s hosted by comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, who are equal parts charming and knowledgeable.
These hilarious hosts also share personal stories and update you on what’s what in pop culture. If you’re a fan of the series Mindhunter, look no further, your perfect podcast is here.
You’ll love this if you can spend days watching true crime documentaries. The show’s been running since 2016, so the good news is that you’ll have loads of episodes to catch up on.
For the ultimate foodie
The Splendid Table is a must-listen for those of us who could spend hours roaming the isles of Woolworths Food. Also, you can subscribe to their weekly recipe email – that means you can cook along as you learn.
The episodes sometimes explore the cuisines of different cultures, and at other times deal with themes like cheese, wine, and even food and marriage. You’ll hear real people chatting about how food has touched their lives and how it nourishes more than just their bodies.
You’ll love this if you’re constantly on the lookout for the latest cookbook, or if you’d like nothing more than to eat your way around the world.
For the avid reader
The genres covered are diverse and you may find yourself a new favourite author. It’s a great way to discover new writers if you’ve been stuck in a bit of a rut. The talks are thought-provoking and oh-so-interesting.
You’ll love this if you like nothing better than spending your mornings in Exclusive Books, or if your idea of happiness includes having your nose in a hardcover.
Want to be part of a virtual book club? Join the Woman & Home Bookshelf Facebook group here.
For the working mom
This time of self-isolation can be a bizarre time for moms – all of a sudden, you’re a primary school teacher, chef, logistics manager, and holding down your day job all at once. Take a deep breath and have a listen to Atomic Moms.
This podcast may just answer all those burning questions you’ve been too afraid to ask. It’s also a novel take on motherhood, offering practical advice and sustainable solutions to everyday problems, all with the help of world-class experts.
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Hi friends! We are making a pledge to practice social distancing. Children may be asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19. If they do show symptoms, there are not enough tests right now and kids are being sent home. And when a child is able to get tested, it can take at least 5 days to get results. It's paramount that we protect the elderly and the immunocompromised. Let's do all we can. Love, Ellie and the three people I’m spending way too much time with!!! #communitysupport #kidactivities #homeschool #schedule #socialdistancing #immunosuppressed #corona
You’ll love this if you need some reassurance from a fellow mom during this confusing (read: frustrating) time. It’s helpful, light-hearted, and inspiring. Podcasts may just be your saving grace. Happy listening!
By Features Writer, Ashton Kirsten