Mood-lifting podcasts you need to listen to right now

Podcasts have transformed the daily grind into a more bearable experience. Providing some much-needed escapism from life in lockdown as they add a sense of enjoyment out of what would’ve been mundane household chores. It’s right to say that podcasts have become a necessity of everyday life.

Right now, as lockdown is beginning to ease it’s extremely important to stimulate ourselves mentally and engage in positive conversations productive to our personal wellbeing. Podcasts perfectly allow you to focus and engage productively, taking your mind off of any personal issues for a short while.

Here are just a few podcasts we’re loving at the moment…

Private Parts

Private Parts. Pic: Private Parts YouTube

Made in Chelsea stars, Jamie Laing and Francis Boulle, offer their listeners a peek through their frantic lives. They bare their souls to the world and reveal juicy detail from their personal dairies each week on Private Parts. Joined by a range of celebrity guests, each episode covers a variety of topics, from mental health and motivation to fame and fitness. This is the podcast for you if you’re seeking an escape from everyday life and in need of a good laugh.

The Girls Bathroom

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Nottingham-born best friends and incredible YouTube duo, Sophia Tuxford and Cinzia Baylis-Zullo, have become a must-listen for millions with their podcast, The Girls Bathroom. Tune in to listen to the pair discuss the listener’s dilemmas on friendship, love, and navigating life a young women in today’s society. This relationship-based podcast is filled with valuable advice and motivational messages. It’s a great podcast for those craving gossip and a catchup with the girls!

Sh**ged. Married. Annoyed.

Sh**ed Married Annoyed. Pic: Acast

Comedian Chris Ramsey’s podcast Sh**ged Married Annoyed is a must to add to your podcast collection. Even if you’re not familiar with his work, you’ll enjoy listening to him and his wife Rosie as they discuss the highs and lows of married life and having a toddler. Every week they answer questions from the public, as well as secret celebrity guests, so there’s so much to look forward to. 

PLT: Behind Closed Doors

PLT: Behind Closed Doors. Pic: PrettyLittleThing

Get ready to be glued to your earphones with PrettyLittleThing’s podcast where they discuss all issues big and small with no subjects off limit. The PLT: Behind Closed Doors is a podcast that is true to its name. The podcast acts a way to connect to their audience in a different way. Why not join their host Nat O’Leary whilst she hangs out with incredible influencers that inspire the younger generation every day as she gets to know them on a deeper level?

Off Menu

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We could all do with something to laugh about right now, so why not treat yourself to a slice of Off Menu from comedians, Joe Acaster and Ed Gamble. Guests are invited each week to take a seat at their ‘magical restaurant’ where they choose their ultimate starter, main course, side, dessert, and drinks. This is all served up by a genie waiter, Joe, who loves randomly shouting ‘POPADOMS OR BREAD!’ at dinners. Yes, it is as random as it sounds. As well as giving you an appetite, it is guaranteed to fill you up on laughter and make you smile.  

The Gemma Collins Podcast

The Gemma Collins Podcast. Pic: BBC Radio 1

Obsessed with the GC? Then this is the podcast for you. Here to boost our spirits, The Gemma Collins Podcast, offers no-nonsense advice and an insight into her hectic life. Each episode highlights listeners’ questions and issues, and being a woman herself, no dilemma is too small for the GC. Join her as she dives into people’s relationship problems, family strife, work woes and sorts them out with no-holds barred. She is the straight-talking best friend we all need in our lives!

Happy Place

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Before all hope is lost, Fearne Cotton demonstrates how it’s still possible to find inner happiness in her podcast, Happy Place. Leading on from her success of her three self-help books (Happy, Calm and Quiet), Fearne offers her expert advice on how to find joy in each day as she draws from her own experiences. She discusses topics such as life, love, loss and everything in between as she discovers what happiness means to others.

Obsessed with…

Obsessed with. Pic: BBC Sounds

For all you TV series fanatics, no need to look any further! This podcast comes with HUGE spoiler alerts. But if there is a BBC show that you can’t get enough of right now then Obsessed with… is the go-to. This series has many previous episodes from Obsessed with that covers content like Line of Duty, Normal People, Killing Eve, and Peaky Blinders.

Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell

Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell. Pic: @lockdownparent/Twitter

Just like many comedians, Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe found themselves without an outlet when the pandemic struck so they chose to make a podcast. Lockdown Parenting Hell is one of the most popular podcasts in the country right now and is currently number one on Apple Podcasts. The comedians delve into the stresses of parenthood from tantrums, twins, and building a trampoline. If you’re in need of a funny story, then this podcast is perfect for you to sink your teeth into.

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