This year has taken a toll on all of us, and there’s no shame in the self-help game. I know I’m ready to process the woes of 2020 and head into 2021 with a fresh perspective, and what better way to kill a chilly winter day than to binge a new podcast?
Even uttering the phrase “self-help” is enough to make some people cringe. I can understand why – before I first tried dabbling in these types of motivational books and podcasts, I found them somewhat intimidating. But more often than not, the knowledge I gain from a selection out of the self-help genre makes me feel better about life and stronger as a person.
Seeking inspiration when we’re down doesn’t have to be such a serious endeavor, as you’ll see in this list! So, whether you’re a self-care maverick looking for something novel or you’re a newbie to the genre, give one of these three fantastic podcasts a shot as we head into the new year.
Go Help Yourself: A Comedy Self-Help Podcast to Make Life Suck Less
Synopsis: This podcast is the brainchild of Misty Stinnett and Lisa Linke, two actor-writer-comedians living in Los Angeles. Misty is on a quest for a greater perspective, while Lisa hates authority. So, they decided to read and review one self-help book per week and talk about what they loved, what they hated, and all the absurdities of life. Follow along as they highlight, dismantle, and belly laugh at all of the advice floating around the self-help landscape.
This show offers the perfect place to try a huge swathe of self-help books without requiring you to read them. Plus, with two hilarious comedians processing the books’ ideas along with you, you’re gonna have a ton of fun.
Through this podcast, you might find self-help wisdom that will inspire you in ways you never thought possible before. Or, you might just laugh your a** off. Either way, it’s a win!
Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
Synopsis: Join researcher and #1 New York Times best-selling author Brené Brown as she unpacks and explores the ideas, stories, experiences, books, films, and music that reflect the universal experiences of being human, from the bravest moments to the most brokenhearted.
Even if you don’t follow her work, it’s likely you’ve heard about Brené Brown once or twice over the past few years. The 55-year-old is an American professor, author, and now podcast host who resides with her husband and children in Houston, Texas.
What makes her so interesting as a motivational figure is that Brené used to suffer from addictions to alcohol, smoking, overeating, and having control. That personal journey drove her to dedicate her career to the study of courage, shame, empathy, and vulnerability.
She spends her time sharing what she’s learned through her research and life experience to offer help to anyone who wants to learn to love themselves a little more.
The Overwhelmed Brain: Personal Growth for Critical Thinkers
Synopsis: My journey has helped me uncover deep emotional wounds to process and release. I’ve become more balanced and more honest, especially with myself. I’ve dropped many of my old people-pleasing and other co-dependent behaviors, unafraid to speak up for myself and live as authentically as I can.
I don’t claim perfection or enlightenment. I’m just more aware today than I was yesterday. And I look forward to learning more tomorrow.
Today I work as a Behavior and Relationship Coach and a teacher of emotional intelligence. My purpose with The Overwhelmed Brain is to help empower you to make decisions that are right for you.
Paul Colaianni’s journey to self-actualization began in 2005, when an unexpected and devastating breakup sent him into a spiraling depression in which he faced long-buried trauma, suppressed emotions, and deep existential pain. At the time he felt lost, and unsure of how to break free from his own mental roadblocks as he tried to find happiness.
It would be several years before Colaianni would start to find the answers he was seeking. He had tried to fill the void in his heart with another seemingly perfect relationship, only for that to crumble as his last one did. His severe depression failed to lift despite his hopes that his romantic circumstances would aid his mental stability.
Now, Paul helps others to break through their own mental barriers to find peace by offering insight into the tools he developed in unpacking his own deep-rooted sadness.