Before this year, I had never listened to a podcast. However, after hearing so many people raving about them, I decided to give one a listen. And I’m so glad I did! I’m completely hooked, and so I wanted to share my favourites so far. Whether you’re a podcast connoisseur or a complete newbie, hopefully there’ll be something for you here!
NB. I listen to all my podcasts on Spotify.
The first podcast I ever listened to was one of DeliciouslyElla’s, so I had to put it first. It’s hosted by Ella and her husband Matt (with the occasional feature of their dog, Austin). They tend to interview another influential figure whose work revolves around the topic of that particular podcast. Episodes have ranged from climate change, brand building and happiness, to mental health, veganism and skincare (to name a few). They’re engaging, not too long, thought-provoking and informative. What’s not to love?
Average duration: 40 minutes
Personal favourite: “Cultivating Happiness and Living With a Glass Half Full, with the Happy Pear”
This podcast series is run by Fearne Cotton, and I honestly couldn’t recommend it enough. I finish every episode feeling at peace with myself and my surroundings, totally “zen”, positive and ready to tackle anything life throws at me. Fearne (in her own words), has a “cuppa with a friend” whilst discussing topics related to their experiences of mental health and other difficulties. They feel very raw, candid and honest, and stimulate a lot of personal reflection about my own struggles with an eating disorder, anxiety and perfectionism.
Average duration: 30 minutes – 1 hour
Personal favourite: Russel Brand
I’ve only recently started listening to this one, but I’m hooked already. Linda (@toatallylinda) recommended it to me, so I have her to thanks for finding it! Venetia Falconer chats to a “special guest about their life with food” (her own words), exploring how they interact with food and the role it plays in their lives. My favourite bit of each episode is at the end, when they play the “quick fire” round and ask the impossible “death row meal” question. Light, funny and well-worth a listen.
Average duration: 45 minutes – 1 hour (although some are a bit longer)
Personal favourite: Niomi Smart – Thriving on Plants
Hosted by Adrienne Herbert, this series focuses on the concept of a “power hour” (hence the name). As usual, Adrienne interviews someone in each edition, exploring what they do/ would do in one hour dedicated purely to themselves on a daily basis. Usually, this hour is the first hour of your day, setting the tone for the rest of it. It’s definitely inspired me to try to implement something similar into my own life, drawing ideas from her various interviewees.
Average duration: 45 minutes
Personal favourite: Ella Mills (I’m a bit Ella-obsessed okay)
To conclude this blog post, I’m going to mention a podcast that is pretty different to those previously mentioned. Unlike the rest, it doesn’t revolve around food and/or mental health, but (as you might have guessed), Harry Potter. I’ve only listened to the first couple of episodes, but the premise is that the host – Mike Schubert – had never read any of the HP books prior to starting his series. He’d also only watched 4.5 of the films. Since the majority of people (myself included) reacted incredulously upon discovering this, he decided to read the books aged 25 and host a podcast dedicated to this experience. Each episode unpacks his expectations vs reality for the range of chapters covered, surprises and disappointments, plot holes and other elements. Plus, he often (semi-jokingly) ridicules his friends’ Potter fanaticism. Pretty funny if you’re a Potterhead, so have a listen if you are!
Average duration: 40 minutes – 1 hour
I hope you’ve found this post useful, and if you have any of your own recommendations then please don’t hesitate to send them to me via Instagram!