Podcasts and apps can be an excellent complement to your self-care routine. The Campus Wellness blog will be posting recommendations for podcasts and apps that might help you find motivation or cope with stress. These recommendations are made for educational purposes only. For health and wellness advice, always speak with your doctor or make an appointment with a counsellor.
Favourite episodes: “Stop Suffering Over Your Fears” and “5 Ways to Stop Worrying”.
Lori Harder is a fitness expert who has experienced anxiety and panic attacks. Her podcast focuses on motivation, self-love, letting go of fear, and coaching. The podcast also frequently features interviews with guests in the self-help and motivation world.
Average length: Full episodes are typically one hour long – you could listen to one on the FEDS Bus trip to Toronto. There are also quick episodes that are 10 – 15 minutes long – just enough time for you to walk from Village 1 to the University Plaza to grab lunch.
Name: Stop, Breathe and Think
What it is: A mindfulness meditation app.
Cost: Free – With some in-app purchases for additional meditations.
What it does: Stop, Breathe and Think is a clever little app that asks you to select your emotions and then provides specific meditations that might help you with how you are feeling in the moment. The meditations range in time from three to eight minutes and span topics from help falling asleep, to mindful breathing, to dealing with change. The gamified user interface gives different awards depending on how often you meditate, providing an incentive to check in more often.