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The best relaxation podcasts

To aid our wellbeing, it is important to take a step back from our busy lives and de-stress and unwind every now and again. There are a number of ways we can help our body and mind relax and one of those is by listening to a relaxing podcast.
There are thousands of podcasts being released every day and a number of them are designed to help us de-stress and focus on what’s important in life. A soothing podcast is a perfect way to allow our brains to unwind and de-stress after a busy period, something everyone should allow themselves time to do now and again. In this article, we talk about some of the best relaxation podcasts for those looking to unplug life and plug-in their headphones.
The Mindful Kind by Rachael Kable

Rachel Kable resealed her podcast The Mindful Kind in 2015 and it soon hit the big time heading to number 7 in the Australian iTunes charts after just a month. Holding a Bachelor in Psychological Science and Certificate in Coaching and Counselling the podcast was created as a platform for her to share her personal stories and experiences with mindfulness. In the hope to help people manage their stress and improve their wellbeing, she released the podcast into the world, speaking about topics from relaxation to mindfulness.

We spoke to Rachel who explained a little more about her journey and some of her favourite relaxation podcasts:

“Podcasts are wonderful resources that can empower people with relaxation skills, tips and ideas. Podcasts are easily accessible via platforms like Spotify and iTunes and generally provide quality information from experts for free. Not only are listeners able to learn from great podcasts, but the podcast hosts become familiar - almost like listening to a friend. This can have a wonderful, calming effect and help people feel less alone. 

“I launched my podcast, The Mindful Kind, in late 2015 and I've been recording weekly ever since. Two popular episodes about relaxation include How to Relax and Be Mindful (episode 179) and Self-Care Ideas for Relaxation (episode 123).”

Listen to the podcast here.

A Little Peace of Mind by Nicola Bird

After having found a way through her own debilitating anxiety and panic attacks, Nicola Bird decided to release her podcast A Little Peace of Mind to share the simple understanding about how human beings really work that proved so transformative to her own life and those of her clients.

Weekly discussions about peace of mind, people’s experiences and revelations about what made a difference for them, no breathing exercises, visualisation or monitoring, just listen and watch your own mind quieten.

Nicola spoke to us about her experiences with podcasts: “Often people email me and say 'I was listening to your podcast but I always fall asleep!’ as if that's a problem - so here's what I explain to them, When you're listening to something that quiets your busy, whirring mind, there's a deeper wiser part of you that kicks in. And because most of us live in such speedy thinking all of the time, we are exhausted. We think we need the content on the podcast, our wisdom knows that sleep is what's really required.”

Listen to the podcast here.

Sleepy by Otis Gray

Predominantly used for those trying to get some well-earned rest, Sleepy, a podcast broadcast by Otis Gray is as relaxing as it gets. A series of storytelling episodes, Otis reads old childhood classics to listeners struggling to relax and unwind.

Struggling to unwind and sleep himself, he started this podcast with the aim to help people in similar circumstances to himself. We spoke to Lizzie Benton who blogs at Lizaboo, she recommended Sleepy as a podcast for those looking to practise mindfulness: “Podcasts are a wonderful way of getting your brain away from the worries of the day. Rather than ruminating on anxieties you can distract your mind with something that is peaceful and calming. I think much of it goes back to when we were children being read bedtime stories. There's something relaxing and calming about listening to someone else's voice and hearing a good story. 

“To get to sleep I love listening to Sleepy by Otis Gray. He reads you classic bedtime stories to help you fall asleep. It's became  my go-to, especially as he reads my childhood favourites such as Peter Pan and Wind in the Willows.”

Listen to the podcast here.

Happy Place by Fearne Cotton

Best known for her radio and TV appearances, Fearne Cotton has since turned her hand at podcasting, releasing her new podcast Happy Place in 2018. The bestselling podcast is a place where Fearne shares her own experiences as well as interviewing a number of her favourite celebrities and influencers who, on a daily basis, change the lives of those around them.

The perfect podcast for those feeling the pressure of fast-paced life or those who feel a little overwhelmed by their current situations, this chatty podcast is the perfect option for you.

Harriet Mills reviewed the podcast on her blog back in 2018 and reported: “They discuss very openly with relevance to these individuals lives, ambition, coping with stress and living, but ultimately it’s about how these people build their happy places. I only discovered this series after spotting Fearne’s Instagram post about the surprise extra but final episode – oops – and I’m very glad I found it in time.”

Listen to the podcast here.

Super Soul Conversation by Oprah Winfrey

Known for being an all-round TV queen, Oprah is often seen on television or taking part in philanthropic activity and is always campaigning for a better and happier world. She has since released her very own podcast all about taking time to be kind to yourself and the importance of self-love. Connect to the world around you and let your mind travel to a peaceful place as you hear Oprah’s personal interviews with world leaders, best-selling authors and wellness experts; all the ingredients for the perfect relaxation podcast.

Lizzie also recommends listening to Super Soul Conversation if you’re looking to relax, unwind and find inner peace: “For me personally, I love listening to Super Soul Conversations by Oprah Winfrey, as it makes me think differently about my mind and how I perceive the world around me.”

Designed to light up your life, guide you through some of life’s toughest questions and bring you one step closer to a well-rounded and happy version of yourself.

Listen to the podcast here.

No matter what podcast you choose to listen to, it is important to allow yourself some time to think every now and again, it is easy to let life get on top of you. Explore our range of spa retreats if you’re really looking to pamper yourself, there really is nothing better than a dip in the pool and a relaxing massage.