Hey y’all, I haven’t posted in a minute but I haven’t really felt inspired. This summer was the rainiest, most hurricane threat filled one ever. That’s probably an exaggeration, but it sure feels that way. Dreary weather brings me down and makes me just want to stay in bed all day. I like staying in bed all day. It’s awesome. Comfy bed, smart tv, WiFi = life.
So, yeah…I’ve been hella unproductive personally. But, since I’ve become a medicated member of society I’ve been slowly feeling like I’m coming out of my shell again. It’s not a perfect system, but my anxiety has gone down and my depression is slipping into the background and I feel pretty darn okay. It’s nice.
Aside from the medication, I spend a lot of time listening to podcasts on my commute and lunch break. They take my mind off of my life sometimes. A couple even help me in terms of self improvement and understanding that it’s okay to not have everything together. It’s a great way to learn, laugh, engage, and let go.
Gettin’ Grown, hosted by Jade and Dr. Keia, is a good one for dealing with adulting. It’s uplifting, informative, hilarious, and creates great dialogue. Sometimes I have to force myself to pay attention because my subconscious has yet to let down its guard and absorb life advice, but I thoroughly enjoy what this podcast brings to the kitchen table.
The Friend Zone: your weekly look into all things mental health, mental wealth, and mental hygiene because who in the hell wants a musty brain? If you don’t quote that with Dustin every week, you’re not real. Hosted by Assanté, Fran, and Dustin this podcast is a great resource for mental and personal assessment. It’s also a great way to hear about what’s new in music, pick up a cool new playlist, and get recaps on some of your favorite tv shows. It’s made me a fan of meditation (which I don’t do enough of), mindfulness, affirmations, and even convinced me to stop being petty!
I shouldn’t even have to introduce this one! Everyone loves The Read. Listen to the rundown in pop culture, hear some sage advice to listeners questions, and then listen to them read an offender for filth! It’s just amazing…it just goes without saying.
I honestly don’t know when they post a new episode anymore, I just listen when it shows up in my podcast app. I love Designing Women and I’m obligated to listen to or watch anything dedicated to it. This show isn’t perfect and sometimes it’s frustrating, but I jump ahead to the halfway mark and adjust accordingly to hear about the episode.
Jade + XD is a good way to end the week, if I’m staying on schedule. The laughs keep me coming back and I’m 100% here for it. It’s just fun. Sometimes there’s a topic, it goes off course, but you’re never mad at it. It’s great!
One thing about Gettin’ Grown, The Friend Zone, The Read, and Jade + XD is that they’re all friends and they just seem like the coolest, most encouraging friends ever. They love to laugh, entertain, inform, and inspire. You feel like you’re a part of their circle, which instantly makes you comfortable listening to and understanding them. They put each other on and in essence, they put you on too. New endeavors, tv shows, businesses…it’s amazing how this all networks and intertwines.
Lastly, my problematic fave that I listen to when I’m all caught up on my podcasts and am waiting on new episodes:
Self explanatory. I love Mama Ru, but she’s got some view points I don’t vibe with. When there’s an interesting guest for the week, I make sure to listen. I kinda like it better when it’s just Ru and Michelle. I also liked the old intro music better.
There you have it, just a portion of what I use as self care. Are y’all into podcasts? What are some of your faves? What do you do for self care? Drop it in the comments below; let’s start a community of care and self improvement!