Last Updated on September 4, 2020
Podcasts are having a bit of a moment right now. They’re the perfect tool for learning about new topics, having a good belly laugh, and getting caught up with what’s going on in the world – all while you’re driving to work or running on the treadmill.
But if you’re like me, you find yourself listening to ALL the entrepreneurial and business podcasts, and you end up getting so many ideas from them that your brain can’t quite handle it (but if you do want recommendations for those, check out Pat Flynn and Jen Carrington).
In order to avoid feeling completely overwhelmed by podcasts, I make sure to also listen to some that will get me into a calm state of mind. After all, you don’t want to listen to podcasts that are going to make your life more stressful!
To help reduce overwhelm in your life, I’ve put together a list of my favorite podcasts that will boost your mood, get you thinking positively, and encourage you to slow down and be more mindful!
The Lively Show With Jess Lively
The Lively Show is hands down my favorite podcast. Jess asks such inquisitive questions, and her attitude is nothing but positive. The Lively Show is designed to add a little extra intention to your everyday by uplifting, informing, and inspiring listeners. You’ll find a lot of interviews with popular bloggers such as Dana from the Minimalist Baker, Courtney from Be More With Less, and Caroline from un-fancy, but this podcast goes deeper than just blogging strategies – it gets to the nitty gritty of people’s stories and how they got to where they are today.
+ Format: Interviews + monthly favorites
+ Frequency: Weekly
+ Perfect for: When you’re feeling a little down and need a mood booster
+ What to listen to: Approaching Holidays Intentionally with Courtney Carver
Magic Lessons With Elizabeth Gilbert
To be honest, I haven’t read any of Elizabeth Gilbert’s books (I know, I know), but I definitely want to after listening to Magic Lessons. This podcast is a road map to help you tap into your creativity and give you an extra nudge when you’re feeling stuck. Liz talks to those facing creative challenges, as well as guest experts who have all the tips you need to unleash your creativity (because all of us are creative, whether we think we are or not).
+ Format: Alternates between caller question + guest interview
+ Frequency: No longer running, 12 episodes total
+ Perfect for: When you’re doubting yourself and need a kick in the pants
+ What to listen to: Brene Brown on Big Strong Magic
The Chalene Show With Chalene Johnson
Chalene is a beast. She’s a life coach, motivational speaker, creator of Turbo Kick & PiYo, AND she teaches others how to grow their businesses. I’m pretty sure this woman doesn’t sleep. The Chalene Show is all about sharing resources and practical steps to help you improve your energy, balance, organization, health, fitness, relationships, and focus. I can honestly say that I always feel a thousand times more motivated after listening to Chalene. She has some really unique advice to offer, and I would highly recommend listening to her particularly if you need help in the exercise department.
+ Format: Interviews + monologues
+ Frequency: Weekly
+ Perfect for: When you have zero motivation to do anything
+ What to listen to: Meditation For People Who Don’t Get It But Really Need It
Anna Faris is Unqualified
Anna Faris is Unqualified is a brand new podcast, but I’m already hooked. I’ve always loved Anna Faris ever since her Scary Movie days, and the first two episodes of this had me belly-laughing during my commute. To be honest, it’s kind of all over the place because Anna just talks with her producer, a special guest, and a caller all at the same time – but that’s what makes it hilarious. You feel like you’re having a conversation with friends. Anna says this podcast is all about not-great-relationship advice from completely unqualified Hollywood types, so if you need to know how to deal when a tinder date doesn’t text you back, Anna’s got you covered. Warning: This podcast is not safe for work.
+ Format: Conversations + caller questions
+ Frequency: Weekly
+ Perfect for: When you’re feeling silly and need a good belly laugh
+ What to listen to: T.J. Miller Interview
The Simple Show With Tsh Oxenreider
Tsh is a big fan of simple living, but not just getting rid of stuff. She’s about living holistically with your life’s purpose. The Simple Show offers conversations on passion, projects, and living simply, and there’s tons of helpful advice for adding a little more minimalism into your life. Though not the typical topics you might expect from a minimalist podcast, Tsh always asks her guests what it looks like to them to live simpler, whether it’s to do with food, travel, writing, parenting, or fashion.
+ Format: Interviews
+ Frequency: Every other week
+ Perfect for: When you need to slow down and take a breather
+ What to listen to: Small Is My New Free with Emily Freeman
Happier With Gretchen Rubin
If you read and loved The Happiness Project, you’re definitely going to enjoy The Happier Podcast. The title of it sounds really cheesy, but I promise you it isn’t. Gretchen and her sister, Elizabeth, offer practical, manageable advice about cultivating happiness and good habits, and their advice is always about making small changes in order to eventually combat any larger issues such as clutter and procrastination. I especially love their One-Minute Rule: if you have a task that can be done in less than one minute, do it without delay.
+ Format: Discussion
+ Frequency: Weekly
+ Perfect for: When you need some practical advice about feeling happier
+ What to listen to: How To Put An End To Impulse Shopping
She Makes Magic With Koren and Alana Helbig
She Makes Magic is for women who crave soul-centered changed. Sound a bit woo woo? Fear not. The Helbig sisters are all about helping you stay grounded and motivated through doses of real-life practicality. I love practicality! The two Australians hosts interview women who are living kind-hearted and often unconventional lifestyles, and I’ve loved every single guest they’ve brought on so far. They speak with inspirational ladies who have done what others told them was a bad idea but went ahead and made it work for them anyway.
+ Format: Interviews
+ Frequency: Twice monthly
+ Perfect for: When you’re feeling like you need a change but don’t know where to start
+ What to listen to: Mindfulness, Embracing Fear, and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Thanks for this list! I can’t wait to check out some of these podcasts. I didn’t know Gretchen Rubin even had a podcast–and I do love her. I adore everything Elizabeth Gilbert does (I have SUCH a girl crush on her!) so of course, I’ve already listened to Magic Lessons, which is like having a personal cheerleader for all of your creative projects any time you’re feeling down. Love! I don’t have much time to listen to podcasts these days, but you made me definitely make me want to dust off the ol’ ear buds. Thanks again for all your helpful advice! xo
I definitely need to read some of Elizabeth Gilbert’s books! And I feel you on not having a ton of time to listen to podcasts. I wish people made shorter episodes sometimes – 45 minutes to an hour is a long time haha xx
First of all, I LOVE Your site design – so pretty! Second of all, thank you so much for sharing The Lively Show! It’s wonderful to hear you are enjoying it so much along with these other awesome podcasts!!
Thank you so much, Jess! Your podcast is definitely my fave xx
Loved this Catherine! Podcasts are my new favorite since I can listen to them while I wrangle my crazy kid, make dinner, or clean the house. These are perfect, thanks so much for sharing!!
Haha while you wrangle your kid! Love it. Glad you liked this list, Christina!
I love the Lively show! Also Wellness Wonderland and my all time favorite Jamie Ivey!
I’ve just started listening to Wellness Wonderland as well! Definitely a good one for the healthy living peeps.
I really enjoyed this post, Catherine! Thank you for sharing these. My favorite from this list has been Chalene Johnson’s show. She has such great tips. I’ll have to check out the rest! Can’t wait :)
Thanks, Sarah! Chalene is a wonderwoman. I’m always inspired after listening to her!
Is it scandalous to say that I’ve never listened to a podcast ever? Meep. Thank you so much for these picks and giving me the inspiration to start somewhere! xxxxx
Haha not scandalous at all! I only started listening to them because I have a long commute to work. I think you’d love the Jess Lively Show!
I am so glad you posted this post since I haven’t listened to a lot of podcasts, but lately I’ve found some to be so motivating. I didn’t know where to start with finding good ones, so I am pumped to try some of these out! Magic Lessons looks great since Big Magic is next up on my to-read list! Thanks for all the info, Catherine!
I’m definitely putting Big Magic on my to-read list as well! I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.
I haven’t actually started listening to podcasts, though I really like the idea of them! I think the closest would be listening to audio books, but I’d always get distracted doing something else. For me, it’s a lot easier to focus when I can see the words.
Big Magic is so popular now though, I might have to check out the podcast!
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I’ve actually not had much success with audio books either! I think I just prefer reading a book haha. But I do love being able to have some entertainment through podcasts during my commute!
I am reading the book and listening to the audio book (x1.2 speed) at the same time and it really makes me immerse in the story. I get much more focused and I read faster, without re-reading parts of the text.
All of these sounds amazing – I haven’t read any of E. Gilbert’s books either but I might pick one up for the holidays.
Thanks, Pragati! I’m going to have to pick up one of her books too!
I’m obsessed with your blog Catherine! You are such a good writer and all of your content is so informative and helpful.
I am the biggest pod cast fan and The Lively show is my absolute favorite. Like you, I do find some pod cast to be so motivating but also overwhelming. I appreciate you sharing some other ones. I have been on the hunt for some new ones and now I have a tons to check out.
I loved Magic Lessons – it is a pity it was so short. And I listened to Happier for a long time. I am looking for something fresh and your post is great. Thanks.
Thank you so much for these podcasts. :-)
I want a podcast that is laugh out loud funny. Any recs?
Have you heard of My Dad Wrote A Porno? It’s NSFW, but it’s hilarious. This guy’s dad wrote an erotic novel, and he reads it out loud with his friends.
This is so great! It’s always nice to have a good list of podcasts on hand. And I love that you included descriptions of each one, super helpful. ❤️
So glad you found this helpful, Ashley! I love a good podcast!