20 Best Self-Help Podcasts to Listen to in 2019

Self-help podcasts to power you through the day

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When you consider the number of hours we put in at work, with our family, at home, and other daily responsibilities, it makes sense that more of us are turning to self-help podcasts to fine-tune our lives. They are informative, engaging, relatable, and best of all, you can tune-in when you have time. 

And with topics ranging from anxiety and depression to grieving, addiction, and weight control, there’s a good chance you’ll find the right podcast that fits your needs. And the best part? We’ve done the digging for you! All you have to do is grab a pair of headphones or turn up the volume in your car, and get ready to learn from some of the best self-help podcasts of 2019. 

For Procrastination 

Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock…If that’s the tune that plays in your head when trying to complete a work, school, or home project, then you might be dealing with a bout of procrastination. Check out one of these podcasts to see if you can learn some new tricks that will help keep you on-track. 

The Joy of Procrastination 

Joy of Procrastination

What if procrastination could be reframed as something positive that would help you get more done in life? Well, that’s exactly what Dean Jackson and Dan Sullivan try to accomplish each time they host The Joy of Procrastination podcast. By removing the shame associated with procrastination, Jackson and Sullivan help listeners take develop tools for using procrastination in a positive way. 

Beyond the To-Do List

Beyond

If procrastination is keeping you from being productive, then Beyond the To-Do List is for you. Host, Erik Fisher talks with guests on all aspects of productivity in order to reach the end goal of living a meaningful life. In each episode, he takes a deep dive into why we are not meeting our goals at work and life and how we can implement productivity strategies to get unstuck and move forward. 

For Anxiety or Depression

Anxiety and depression are the two most common mental health conditions in the United States, with anxiety impacting more than 40 million adults each year. Despite the sheer number of people living with mental health issues, it’s not uncommon for many of us to feel isolated and alone. To help feel more connected and less alone, consider listening to one of these self-help podcasts. 

The Hardcore Self-Help Podcast

Hardcore

Psychologist, and host of the Hardcore Self-Help Podcast, Dr. Robert Duff knows a thing or two about living with and treating mental health conditions. He also knows how to answer questions about anxiety, depression, relationships, sex, perfectionism, PTSD, eating disorders, and countless other topics without making listeners decode all the psychobabble and medical jargon in order to understand what he’s talking about. Plus, since he goes live each Thursday, you can count on a weekly date with Duff the Psych. 

Not Another Anxiety Show

Anxiety

“A podcast for all,” is how host, Kelli Walker, describes Not Another Anxiety Show. While not a mental health expert herself, Walker does an excellent job of interviewing psychologists, doctors, and other experts to give listeners guidance and practical tips on managing the day-to-day struggles that come with living with all ends of the anxiety spectrum. 

For Eating Disorders

If you or someone you love is struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, body dysmorphic disorder, binge eating disorder, or any other specified or unspecified eating disorder, finding support and guidance is key to the recovery process. While these podcasts are not intended to take the place of therapy or any other medical interventions, they can provide support and encouragement as you work through the recovery process. 

The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast

Eating

Licensed psychologist, Dr. Janean Anderson, not only knows how to treat eating disorders, but she also knows firsthand what it’s like to live with and recover from anorexia. Twice a month, she hosts The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast, where she covers the psychology of eating disorders, what the recovery process looks like, and how the cultural context of eating disorders impacts recovery. Through personal stories and insight from expert guests, Anderson helps listeners unpack and begin to understand the seriousness and complexity of eating disorders. 

The Recovery Warrior Show

Eating

Think of The Recovery Warrior Show as your monthly dose of motivation and inspiration to help guide you through the recovery process from an eating disorder. Host Jessica Flint interviews eating disorder recovery warriors and treatment experts to get their take on how you can begin to heal your relationship with food and your body. 

For Grieving

There is no right or wrong way to grieve, but sometimes when you’re in the middle of tragedy, it can be downright challenging to put one foot in front of the other. Finding solace and support with people who understand what you’re going through is often one of the best ways to cope. If you need connection, check out these two podcasts dedicated to grieving. 

Terrible, Thanks for Asking

Terrible

Nora McInerny shares her personal stories of loss, and there are several, along with countless stories from others in her podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking. Each episode, McInerny interviews guests and explores issues around emotions, trauma, loss, mental health, and finding community, hope, and happiness after grieving. 

Grief Out Loud

Grief

Grief Out Loud tackles the challenges many people face when discussing grief with others. Hosted by Jana DeCristofaro, this podcast comes from The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families, which specializes in grief and loss. Through expert tips from bereavement professionals and personal stories from the real people she interviews, DeCristofaro brings awareness to the importance of talking about grief. 

For Making a Major Life Change

Making a major life change can be both exciting and stressful — and often at the same time. The good news? We’ve all waded through new territory and come out on the other side. That’s why these podcasts on major life changes are so inspiring.

What It Takes

What

We all know people that have “made it” in life, despite obstacles or major changes that might have prevented them from achieving their goals. What most of these people have in common is a desire to tackle major life changes with the mindset that growth will occur regardless of the outcome. What It Takes shares stories of perseverance from some of the most famous visionaries and leaders of all time. 

The Tony Robbins Podcast

Tony

“Why live an ordinary life, when you can live an extraordinary one?” This is undoubtedly the most famous line from life and business strategist, Tony Robbins. It’s also the foundation from which he has built The Tony Robbins Podcast, a weekly show that tackles major life changes related to business, health, finances, relationships, and more. Through interviews and stories from some of the most influential people in the world, Robbins gives listeners proven strategies and tactics for how to help live your best life.

For Forming New Habits

Breaking old habits and forming new ones can be challenging, especially if you’re not sure where to start. The good news is, you’re not alone. These podcasts will help you feel inspired to dive in and get things done.

The Habit Coach

Habit Coach

If you need encouragement to make permanent changes in your life, then The Habit Coach With Ashdin Doctor is for you. Each episode is centered around tips and motivation that encourage you to create new habits that impact your daily life. Host, Ashdin Doctor, covers topics like nutrition, fitness, health, sleep, and productivity. And the best part? The majority of the episodes are less than 10-minutes long.

Tiny Leaps, Big Changes 

Tiny Leaps

Forming a new habit takes time. It also requires tiny leaps along the way, and no one knows that better than the host of Tiny Leaps, Big Changes, Gregg Clunis. This personal development podcast dives deep into the most common daily behaviors and looks at how those behaviors determine results, both positive and negative. 

For Weight Control

When it comes to weight loss, it’s easy to get bombarded by the massive amount of information available at your fingertips. And with so many claims of fast fat loss and quick results, it can be challenging to find the truth and the motivation to lose weight and keep it off. That’s where podcasts come in to play. 

Food Heaven 

Food

It takes both diet and exercise to lose weight and keep it off. Unfortunately, it’s the diet part of the equation many of us struggle with. The good news? Each Wednesday, you can get the most up-to-date information about all things food, health, and nutrition on the Food Heaven podcast. Co-hosts Wendy and Jess are both registered dietitians with master’s degrees in nutrition, and they are also BFFs who share a passion for helping people live a healthier life. 

Cut the Fat

Cut the fat

Cut the Fat podcast delivers science-based strategies and facts about weight loss along with a message of hope and motivation to help listeners find their own formula for weight loss. Co-hosts Dr. Ray Hinish, a pharmacist, and Blythe Wagner, a personal trainer, break down the complex and often conflicting information about fitness, fat loss, and wellbeing. 

For Coping With Addiction

Whether you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, finding ways to cope is a critical part of the recovery process. Podcasts can be a valuable tool to help you learn how to identify addiction issues, ask for help, find support, and connect with others during your recovery process. 

Recovery Unscripted

Recovery

Recovery Unscripted, a podcast powered by Foundations Recovery Network, takes a deep dive into the most complex topics related to addiction and recovery. Through guest interviews with some of the most influential figures like Glennon Doyle and Herschel Walker and expert advice from clinicians, host David Condos takes listeners through the ins and outs of addiction treatment, mental health care, and recovery. 

That Sober Guy

That sober guy podcast photo

When Shane Ramer got sober in 2013, he decided to share his story, along with many others, on his podcast, That Sober Guy. Relatable, real, and raw, Ramer gives listeners a glimpse into the world of addiction, alcoholism, recovery, and so much more. While his focus is on the person coping with or recovering from addiction, he also provides family and friends a place to get information, tips, and support. 

For Improving Relationships

We can all use a few tips and tricks to help improve the relationships in our life. From suggestions to help you get out of a relationship rut to tips on keeping the lines of communication free-flowing with your boss or co-workers, tuning in to one of these podcasts can help improve your relationships both in love and life. 

Where Should We Begin

Where

When you don’t have time to go to couples counseling, why not bring the therapist to you? Where Should We Begin, the brainchild of relationship therapist Esther Perel, tackles complex issues many of us face with our partner including sexlessness, infertility, communication problems, infidelity, trauma, regret, roles, and so much more. And the best part? Each podcast features a different couple, so listeners get to be a part of a private therapy session as the couple shares the intimate details of their relationship. 

Savage Lovecast 

Savage

When it comes to talking about sex, Dr. Dan Savage leaves nothing off the table. And we mean nothing! In his long-running, incredibly popular podcast, Savage Lovecast, Dr. Savage, answers the most intimate questions about love, sex, and relationships. Plus, listeners can call in their most-burning questions for Dr. Dan to answer in a later podcast. 

For Spiritual Growth

Spiritual growth is a journey unique to each of us. While each path may look different, connecting with your inner soul can help you find meaning and purpose in life. Discovering what is possible by working from within is the focus of these two podcasts about spiritual growth and self-discovery. 

The Chasing Joy Podcast

Chasing joy

When Georgie Morley talks, people listen. Through her own struggles with an eating disorder, depression, and bipolar ll, Morley guides listeners as they take a look at their own spirituality on The Chasing Joy Podcast. She explores a new topic each week related to spirituality, wellness, and personal growth. Her hope? That you leave each episode feeling more joyful, energetic, and focused on your journey. 

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations 

Oprah

If you need a weekly dose of inspiration and spiritual awakening, then Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast is for you. With guests like spiritual pioneer Eckhart Tolle, Father Richard Rohr, Gretchen Rubin, and Brené Brown, Oprah takes listeners on a unique and purposeful journey of spiritual growth. 

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