Make positive changes to your mind and life from the comfort of your headphones.

| By Antonia Day | Entertainment

8 Wellness Podcasts to Reduce Stress and Increase Positivity

Make positive changes to your mind and life from the comfort of your headphones.

Podcasts are a great way to ingest information on the go. From true crime fiends to sports fanatics – if someone's interested in it, there’s a podcast on it.

For those who are stuck in a rut or looking to make small changes to their lifestyle, wellness podcasts are an easy way to get started – especially if you don’t have enough time in your day to sit down and read a self-help book. From quick meditation exercises to conflict resolution tips, there’s a plethora of wellness podcasts out there to help you be the best version of yourself – all you need to do is press play and listen.

We’ve put together a list of eight of our favorite wellness podcasts, so if you're looking to manage stress, learn something new, or just take some time to yourself, hit play on one of these and let your worries fade away.


These podcasts are for informational purposes only, even if and regardless of whether it features the advice of physicians and medical practitioners. They are not, nor are they intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.

1. Radio Headspace

Where can I listen to it? Spotify

Looking to pause the internal chatter and external noise? For a few minutes every day Radio Headspace can help you do just that. Every Monday through to Friday, Radio Headspace releases podcasts ranging between 3-10 minutes featuring acclaimed physicians as guests, who discuss different topics pertaining to mental health, wellness, and mindfulness.

2. Terrible, Thanks For Asking

Where can I listen to it? Spotify

A podcast that’s sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and almost always both – hosted by author Nora McInerny, Terrible, Thanks For Asking let’s real people get real honest about how they’re feeling. This podcast helps people feel comfortable with getting uncomfortable, because we’re not always “okay” are we?

3. Sleep With Me

Where can I listen to it? Spotify

Many of us fall victim to racing thoughts as soon as our heads hit the pillow, affecting our mental health in the moment and our mood and productivity the next day. Drew Akerman’s Sleep With Me podcast seeks to alleviate some of that evening stress by reading you a bedtime story, letting you forget all of your worries and progressively getting more boring until you fall asleep.

4. Getting Curious

Where can I listen to it? Spotify

If you’ve just finished the most recent season of Queer Eye and are in need of a Jonathan Van Ness fix, his new podcast Get Curious might be just what the doctor ordered. With a new episode airing weekly, Jonathan is joined by experts in various fields to help educate him on the topic they are discussing that week. From insects, beauty standards, and gender, to food, figure skating, and architecture, boost your mood in no time and learn a thing or two while doing it.

5. Ten Percent Happier

Where can I listen to it? Spotify

“Happiness is a skill you can train, just like working your bicep in the gym” according to journalist Dan Harris, who has had his fair share of run-ins with anxiety in his time. In Ten Percent Happier Dan shares the positive impact meditation has had on his life, along with covering subjects from enlightenment and psychedelics to science-based techniques for issues such as anxiety, productivity, and relationships.

6. Seize The Yay

Where can I listen to it? Spotify

Everyone has the ability to enjoy the ‘yay’ in their life – sometimes you just need a little help finding it. Lawyer turned ‘funtrepreneur’ Sarah Davidson investigates how some of the world’s most inspiring people find their “yay” so you can find yours too. From interviews with Miranda Kerr to Q&A episodes involving listeners, the Seize The Yay podcast brings that bit of joy to your day that you might be missing.

7. The Happiness Lab

Where can I listen to it? Spotify

If you’ve been searching for happiness through more money, a better job, or Instagram-worthy vacations and still haven’t had any luck finding it – this is the podcast for you. The Happiness Lab is hosted by Yale Professor Dr Laurie Santos who has studied the science of happiness and found that many of us do the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. This podcast will change the way you think about happiness, so you can stop seeking and start smiling.

8. How to be a Better Human

Where can I listen to it? Spotify

If you’re a fan of the TEDx Youtube videos, your day just got a whole lot better because they’ve got their very own podcast. Unlike the videos you see online, the podcast is centred around a huge melting pot of topics pertaining to life fulfilment. Hosted by comedian Chris Duffy, this podcast uncovers sharp insights and gives you clear takeaways on how YOU can be a better human.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call 988Lifeline on 1-800-273-TALK (8255). In an emergency, call 911. If you are concerned about your health, wellbeing or sleep, you can also speak to your GP, who will advise a correct treatment plan.

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