6 calming podcasts to listen to if you’re feeling anxious right now

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This World Mental Health Day comes at a difficult time for many people. The isolation from social distancing and the stress of the coronavirus pandemic is taking a toll on pretty much everyone. 

The number of Americans reporting they have depression and anxiety has jumped about 50% from before the pandemic’s onset in March through June, according to data from weekly surveys of 500 people from Total Brain, a self-care platform.  

The fear, grief, and worry can take a psychological toll, licensed clinical psychologist and author Ramani Durvasula told Business Insider. 

“Uncertainty is very stressful and is a core element of anxiety,” the psychologist said. 

In addition to the uncertainty, there’s also a sense of instability. Many people have given up their daily habits that ground them, like going to the gym, the hairdresser, a book club, their religious institution, she said. 

“Then people have lost bigger stuff — graduations, weddings, family events, vacations — all of this makes it exhausting,” she said. And that’s not even including the people who have lost a loved one to the virus.

In addition to seeking professional help, listening to a mental health podcast can be a helpful way to start to ease some anxiety, the psychologist said.

Here are six mental health podcasts by psychologists or coaches with 5-star reviews on Apple Podcasts that are addressing coronavirus anxiety and stress. 

If you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, or suicidal thoughts, call the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP(4357) anytime for free, confidential help or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. 

SEE ALSO: 4 science-backed ways to cope with depression if you’ve lost a job and feel like you also lost your sense of purpose

“The Calmer You Podcast”

Chloe Brotheridge, hypnotherapist and author of the books “The Anxiety Solution” and “Brave New Girl,” tackles topics like how to reduce negative thinking, ways to heal trauma, and manage grief. A recent episode of this podcast specifically talks about how to be productive and manage stress while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. In one recent episode, she interviews Frankie Jackson-Spence, a medical doctor based in London. 

“Be mindful of how much news you’re consuming,” Jackson-Spence said. “And stay socially connected with people, talk about how you’re feeling.”

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“A Mindful Moment”

Host Teresa McKee, who has a master’s degree in leadership coaching psychology, shares ways to relax and be more mindful in her podcast, “A Mindful Moment.” She has episodes that address the pandemic, how to transition to working from home, and the panic it causes.  

“Panicking about it only increases the risk to ourselves and others,” she said. 

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“The Anxiety Coaches Podcast”

Gina Ryan, host of “The Anxiety Coaches Podcast,” is an anxiety coach and nutritionist who struggled with general anxiety, panic, and agoraphobia for more than 20 years. Her podcast, which publishes twice a week, usually runs 20 minutes per episode and includes topics such as how to control the physical sides of anxiety, ways to be more grateful, and ways to cope …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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