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7 of the best self improvement podcasts

Coronavirus has hugely impacted how we live our lives. Social distancing has seen us increasingly rely on technology to keep in touch with family and friends, work, home school our kids and, of course, to keep us entertained. When used correctly, technology can definitely be a force for good, connecting us in new ways and keeping us informed. Podcasts, for example, have become a really popular medium and there are shows on almost every subject. Here, we list some podcasts to improve your life.


Listeners of Radio 4 will be familiar with this long-running consumer progamme that offers personal finance tips and advice. The twice-weekly podcast is a good listen as it gives you up-to-date information on the latest finance news and how to make the most of your money. Recent topics covered include: getting the best broadband deals, student finance, claiming on travel and holiday insurance, plus lots of useful coronavirus-related finance topics. Available to download from BBC Sounds or via the BBC Moneybox website.

Slow Your Home

This podcast is all about how to slow down and enjoy the simple things and is presented by Brooke McAlary and her husband Ben, who gave up a fast-paced life in Sydney to travel around Canada and the USA with their young family, before returning to Australia to live a new, slower life. They interview guests on how to step away from the hectic pace of modern society and to embrace slow living. The latest series focuses specifically on how to manage life since the coronavirus outbreak and includes insights on self care, managing screen time, home schooling and finding balance in uncertain times. Find the show on iTunes or listen directly on the Slow Your Home website.

How Did We Get Here?

Take a seat on the therapist’s couch with this podcast brought to you by TV presenter Claudia Winkelman and her good friend Professor Tanya Byron, a clinical psychologist. Each episode, Tanya has a one-off session with a client while Claudia listens in to discover how Tanya unlocks the story behind the client’s issue and helps to find solutions. The podcast covers topics like grief, parenting and family dynamics. A really useful listen for those dealing with everyday struggles and those interested in mental health discussions. Available to download on iTunes, Acast and Spotify.

You’re Dead To Me

If you’ve been homeschooling your kids during lockdown then this podcast from the team behind Horrible Histories is a great way for the whole family to swot up on times past. It’s pitched as a podcast for people who don’t like history and brings together comedians and historians to chat about all sorts of weird and wonderful people, places and events from the past. During lockdown the team have been busy making Homeschool History, a version of the podcast aimed specifically for schoolchildren from seven years and up. Find out more on BBC Sounds.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

US self-help guru and author of the best-selling book, The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin presents this fun, lively podcast with her sister Elizabeth. They chat strategies and solutions to make our everyday lives happier, with recent topics including debunking spring cleaning myths and how to improve our posture. They also answer reader’s dilemmas and discuss how to navigate through life’s stumbling blocks. What’s nice about it is that it’s really just a conversation between two sisters, so it feels very natural and spontaneous. Listen and find out more on Gretchen Rubin’s website, or you can listen on Spotify.

Property Renovation Podcast

If you’re planning on renovating your home, then this podcast is certainly worth a download. Presenters James Woodham and Juliette Yu interview homeowners, DIY enthusiasts and building and design professionals on all manner of topics related to home improvement. Topics include planning projects, dealing with contractors, working with an architect, design tips, as well as more practical guidance on things like tiling, painting and window fitting. Available on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify.

The Daily Meditation Podcast

Thanks to the growth of the wellness industry lots of people now incorporate meditation into their daily lives. This podcast provides tips and techniques for managing your daily emotions, tackling subjects like finding inner peace, building confidence and dealing with stress and anxiety. With many meditation apps only accessible through subscription fees, this is a wonderful free resource and presenter Mary Meckley has the most soothing voice that’s hypnotic. An ideal listen for an early morning or just before bedtime. For a full episode list, check the Daily Meditation Podcast website.