One of the biggest lessons I learned as someone who suffers from social anxiety is that you can’t (and shouldn’t) fight your anxiety. What I mean by that is don’t ignore it. Don’t pretend it’s not there. As people, we can only keep things bottled up for so long, and anxiety is one of those things.
Don’t Fight Your Anxiety: My Story
I was always quiet, always shy, and never really felt comfortable in most social situations. I believed for years that I was just introverted, and I made myself push through any uncomfortable social situations.
Looking back, I think I’ve always had anxiety. I just ignored it and pretended that it didn’t exist. And while that worked for a while, it didn’t last long, and it also impacted my life a lot more than I realized during those ‘ignoring it’ years.
Why Didn’t I Believe I Had Anxiety?
There was a stigma around mental health and anxiety back then. I didn’t want to appear weak or ask for help. I also felt like if I asked for help and admitted that the anxiety was there, it meant that I was letting it control me.
But, what happened? Ignoring the anxiety didn’t make it go away. In fact, ignoring it made it so much worse when it finally came to the surface in the form of the worst panic attack I’ve ever experienced.
Self Acceptance and Dealing with Anxiety
It took a while for me to realize this, but a big part of dealing with anxiety involves self-acceptance. Once I accepted this part of who I was and what I suffered from, it allowed me my power back. My power to seek help, overcome it and finally learn how to deal with it.
Learning how to deal with your anxiety is the best way to improve your life and lessen the impact anxiety has over your life.
Luckily, I’ve learned a lot of tools for managing anxiety, and while it’s still there, I know how to control it vs letting it try to control me.
Are you dealing with anxiety or wondering if you could be diagnosed with anxiety? My best advice is to take the first step and reach out to your doctor for help. Don’t let anxiety control you any longer, and take your power back.
There are so many amazing self improvement podcasts out there, so I thought I would round up my favorite podcasts that you should be listening to. This list is full of the best self improvement podcasts for everyone who wants to focus on living their best life.
The podcasting industry has grown so much in recent years, and new podcasts are launching every single day. With so many options out there, it can feel a bit overwhelming to find some good choices. My best advice is to find 5-10 of your go-to favorite podcasts, subscribe to them, and make time to listen to any new episodes that spark your interest each week.
The Cultivating H.E.R. Space podcast is hosted by Dr. Dominique Broussard, a college professor and psychologist, and Terri Lomax, a techie and motivational speaker. H.E.R. stands for Healing, Empowerment, Resilience.
If you’re a black woman or woman of color looking for an extra dose of inspiration on the go, this podcast is an amazing choice to listen to!
If you suffer from anxiety, this relatable podcast should be one of your top podcasts to listen to. Kelli Walker is a registered nurse, Certified Health and Wellness Coach, and former agoraphobe who shares her own anxiety adventure.
Good Life Project is another super popular personal development podcast focused on helping you live your best life. Their episodes focus on sharing important lessons and stories that are made to motivate and inspire you.
This is one personal development podcast on the list that is geared towards female entrepreneurs. If you are building your own business and dealing with mindset obstacles – this is the podcast for you! It is hosted by Jessica Thiefels, a pro at business mindset, coaching, and marketing.
Unlocking Us with Brené Brown is an inspirational and motivational podcast that shares personal stories around topics of self-growth, personal development, and deep conversations. This podcast is a good listen during a self-care night.
The Mindful Kind podcast is noted as one of the top-rated mindfulness podcasts out there. It is hosted by Rachael Kable, who has a Bachelor of Psychological Science, Certificate in Coaching and Counselling, and experience as a Helpline volunteer in the Anxiety Recovery Centre.
The Move With Heart podcast is hosted by Melissa Wood-Tepperberg and features her personal stories, triumphs, and philosophies, as well as those of her mentors who will join the show to share their wisdom. This is one podcast that covers a lot, with topics ranging from mindfulness and spirituality, to nutrition and fitness, to motherhood and fashion.
The Best of You podcast is hosted by psychologist and author Dr. Alison Cook. This podcast focuses on psychology from a faith-based perspective and will help you to discover how to break free from painful patterns, mend your past, and discover what brings out the best of you.
UnF*ck Your Brain is the podcast for high-achieving feminist women who struggle with anxiety, self-doubt, and imposter syndrome. It is hosted by Master Certified Confidence Coach Kara Loewentheil, J.D. Some of the episode topics are around how to overcome social conditioning and your own self-critical thoughts so that you can reduce your anxiety and insecurity, boost your self-confidence, and get what you want in life.
The Self Love Fix podcast is all about helping you shift from shame, people-pleasing, codependency, low self-esteem, and self-doubt and into alignment, expansion, and unapologetic self-trust through spirituality and healing the inner child. It is hosted by Beatrice Kamau, an embodiment coach, teacher, mentor, and founder of The Self Love Over Codependency Program.
If you’re looking for a less spiritual-based podcast and more of a scientific one, Cleaning Up the Mental Mess is the choice for you! Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist, author, & mental health expert. Whether you are struggling in your personal life or simply want to learn how to understand and use your mind to live your best life, this podcast will provide you with practical & scientific tips and tools to help you take back control over your mental, emotional, and physical health.
This awesome and no-nonsense podcast is hosted by Alexis Fernandez. The Do You F*****g Mind? podcast focuses on mindset hacks to help you live the most badass life. The episode topics cover all things self growth, self-love, relationship, and learning to give less of a f**k.
Self-care matters, and it is so important, especially for women who tend to take care of everyone else first. The Brown Girl Self-Care podcast covers all things self-care, wellness, health habits, clean products, and ways to improve your emotional well-being.
If you are looking to live a healthier life and improve your overall wellness this is a great podcast to listen to. The Everyday Wellness podcast is hosted by Cynthia Thurlow. Cynthia is a mom of 2 boys, wife, nurse practitioner, and intermittent fasting and nutrition expert. Food can be medicine!
This podcast is new and just launched in 2022, but I’m so excited to listen to new episodes they release. The Friends With Mental Health Benefits podcast focuses on helping you care for your mental health at work, a place we’ll spend nearly ⅓ of our lives.
From the Shine app’s co-founders Marah Lidey and Naomi Hirabayashi comes “Friends With Mental Health Benefits,” a podcast highlighting the untold mental health stories of founders and senior leaders.
If you’re interested in meditation but lacking time, Kelly Smith, founder of Yoga For You, has you covered with the Mindful in Minutes Meditation podcast. She drops short, weekly guided meditations that are 20 minutes or less to help you stress less and live more.
Editor-in-chief of Verywell Mind, therapist, and international bestselling author Amy Morin shares actionable advice for developing the mental strength you need to reach your greatest potential. On Mondays, she interviews authors, experts, entrepreneurs, athletes, musicians, and other mentally strong people who explain the strategies they use to overcome the biggest battle we all face — the battle within our own minds. Every Friday, she shares a quick exercise that will help you grow mentally stronger.
This podcast is coming soon, but I had to include it in the list now because I can’t wait to see what podcast host Shanna Hutcheson, a Registered Dietitian, has to share on this podcast.
She is a mama who is passionate about helping women improve their well-being without fad diets or obsessing over the scale. Her podcast will cover all things health and wellness, finding balance in motherhood, relationships, female entrepreneurship, and so much more.
Just Glow With It is a lifestyle, wellness, and personal growth podcast that helps guide you on your journey of becoming your best self and manifesting your dream life.
Each week, Jasmine Shah shares heart-led conversations, real-life lessons, and practical + energetic tips for the modern, spiritual & ambitious woman who desires to heal, grow & elevate into her next-level self.
Join influencer Breeny Lee as she gives you the exact pep talk you need for every situation you may be facing in your day-to-day life. Pepp Talk is the empowering conversation from “YouTube’s Big Sis” that will blow your mind, challenge you to become better and crush your limiting beliefs.
If you want straight-talking advice, then this is the Podcast for you!
Mary Jelkovsky is the founder of Mary’s Cup of Tea, an online platform that helps thousands of women find self-love.
On this self-love podcast show, Mary speaks with experts on topics surrounding self-love, including body image, confidence, self-worth, body positivity, mindset, mental health, feminism, and relationships. Along the way, Mary lets you in on her personal life, never shying away from the messy, raw, and real conversations that we all crave.
For centuries, rituals have been used to bring order and clarity to daily activity. The Morning Ritual is a meditation podcast intended to do just that. Each episode, hosted by Lilly Balch, includes a centering meditation to bring more ease, balance, and joy into your mornings and ultimately into your lives.
You have been conditioned to settle for less than you deserve. We create modern, mindful and motivational affirmations to help reprogram your mind for abundance so you can attract everything you want in life.
Affirmation Babe is another great and short podcast to listen to first thing in the morning (or whenever you need a little energy or motivational boost).
The Affirmation Pod podcast has celebrated its 9-year anniversary, which is an amazing achievement for a podcast! You’ll get soothing affirmations to boost your mental health! This weekly podcast gives you self-love affirmations for confidence, focus, and success.