We can’t believe how quickly summertime is passing us by! How are you planning on spending the last month of summer? Team ATPB will be resting and charging in order to approach busy September with a calm clarity. And so we decided to share a little of that mood with each of you by recommending a few relaxing podcasts to tune into if you’re embracing a chill August!
Here is a list of Team ATPB’s favorite relaxing podcasts that we listen to whenever we need to unwind or refresh. Let us know if you are already a subscriber or regular listener to any of these podcasts and lease share any others that help you to relax, whether in a comment below or via social media!
Ghost of a Podcast
It’s hosted by astrologer Jessica Lanyadoo. She does weekly podcast episodes (sometimes more) discussing the week’s astro forecast and answering listener questions. She’s insightful, kind, and focused on bringing awareness to major social injustice around the world. Her podcasts are such a Sunday treat! Listen to Ghost of a Podcast here!
Good Moms, Bad Choices
This is one of my all-time favorite podcasts, hosted by two of my favorite Moms Mila and Erica. This podcast’s theme is a mix of self-discovery and all things motherhood, in a way that allows you to see yourself as more than a mother. Mila and Erica are wild and fun, they change the narrative on what a mother is supposed to be. This duo liberates women while telling real stories about relationships, sex, and anything else you can think of. I value their perspectives because they seem genuine and authentic. I listen to this show when I want to feel grounded and good about myself. One of my favorite episodes is on Co-Parenting, and how to successfully do that. These are the real topics women need to hear but are often taboo to talk about. Mila and Erica give things to you straight and listening to their podcast feels like listening to your best friend on the phone.
When I need a break or want to rest my mind, I listen to this podcast by Alex Elle, a writer, and self-care advocate. She has been an inspirational influencer to me for over ten years. I love the hey girl podcast because it is informational, but laid back. This podcast will heal you just by listening. Her podcasts are all about self-discovery and self-care. Alex interviews entrepreneurs and creatives of all kinds and gives insight on struggles and relatable experiences that make you feel less alone in this world. One of my favorite episodes is when she invites educator Valencia Clay, another passionate writer, and woman of color. In this episode, they discuss teaching and activism. When I was still in school and working to become a teacher – I found this episode to be helpful because the conversation is so real, it feels like I’m talking to one of my friends. These episodes make you feel like you can achieve anything by giving you a spiritual outlook on your goals. When I discovered her podcast, I went back and listened to them all.
I have particular episodes that I return to frequently during the year that help me when I’m feeling lost or need a connection spiritually and emotionally.
- “Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith: Manifest the Life of Your Dreams” discusses the process of spiritual alignment with your life’s purpose. I listen to it at the top of every year to set my intentions.
- “Dr. Maya Angelou, Part 2: Best Advice She Ever Received” is an intimate conversation with the late Maya Angelou with a comment that shakes me to my core every time, “I come as one and I stand as 10,000”, a quote from Maya Angelou’s poem “Grandmothers”. The way Maya Angelou talks about love and spirituality brings me peace and helps to connect me to my purpose.
- “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose” is a series of podcasts with Oprah and Eckhart Tolle discussing his book of the same name, which helps me to remain conscious in my daily life and identify and deal with emotional pain/triggers.
I’m currently re-listening to this amazing pod series that deep dives into the world of Harry Potter, the books, films, and anything else out there considered canon or as they jokingly say about “Cursed Child”, “not canon”. The podcast is hilarious but they also go in-depth to explore the universal themes that fans love the books for like death, grief, sacrifice, friendship, and love. The Harry Potter books are something that I go back to often for a type of comfort and this podcast fills that desire for me as well. Listen here!
P.S. In light of J.K Rowling’s recent transphobic comments here’s a statement by Daniel Radcliffe, star of the film franchise: “If these books taught you that love is the strongest force in the universe, capable of overcoming anything; if they taught you that strength is found in diversity, and that dogmatic ideas of pureness lead to the oppression of vulnerable groups; if you believe that a particular character is trans, nonbinary, or gender fluid, or that they are gay or bisexual; if you found anything in these stories that resonate with you and helped you at any time in your life — then that is between you and the book that you read, and it is sacred. And in my opinion, nobody can touch that. It means to you what it means to you and I hope that these comments will not taint that too much.”
Led by host Tatianna Mott, this podcast is in its first season and I found it recently while searching for a guided meditation to help me to relax. After trying a few, I liked this one the most. Along with a guided meditation every week, it also features songs and independent artist interviews, and a compilation of testimonies and words of wisdom from regular folks living their best lives, all centered around the podcast’s theme of the week. Check it out here.
This is such a relaxing podcast to listen to when you need a break or simply want to rest. Host Rohan Gunatillake explores mindfulness and meditation through highly curated stories with amazing guests – a few of my favorites include the episodes featuring Paola Antonelli, Andrew Bird, Pico Iyer, and Carl Safina. I would suggest listening to it without any other distractions, as the content is so rich and beautiful. Check out Meditative Story here.
Which relaxing podcasts are you listening to, Pretty Birds?