Podcasts can be a new mum’s best friend.
They are intellectual stimulation and a sense of connection and engagement in what can be a lonely and isolating time. Today I share the podcasts that changed my life and daily practices for the better.
The range of interviewees and topics discussed was food for my brain, which had recently departed the world of adulting and intellectual conversation, and had entered the rather lonely world of maternity leave. Podcasts were my intellectual stimulation and each one left me scrambling to record ideas, inspiration, quotes and notes.
One of my fondest memories from mat leave was walking (and then training for a 10k) with these podcasts going in my earbuds. I can’t list off specific guests (guess I’ll blame the brain fog) but I can certainly tell you that each podcast left me completely jazzed up. No matter the topic, I came away feeling engaged.
Despite not remembering the names of more than a handful of guests, I have absorbed a lot of information, and my daily practices have shifted. Some were intentional and planned out, others I believe have occurred in a strange process of osmosis. Here are the 15 ways in which podcasts have changed me. These are all practices that I aspire to and have worked on in the past year or so.
The 15 game-changers that I learnt and applied from the School of Greatness and Tim Ferriss Podcasts:
The biggest reward of meditation is not immediate.
Meditation is a practice that is performed in the present moment, and connects you with exactly that. However, its most rewarding application is not the practice itself. It is the ability to apply the results of a regular practice to times of stress and chaos.
Meditation takes many forms. If it hasn’t stuck with you, try out different styles. Lie in the sun and visualize the rays penetrating through the skin’s layers. Listen to a relaxing song without vocals. Pull up a youtube video and listen to it with earphones on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR57rug8NsM Download the headspace or flowy app.
START AND END EACH DAY WITH AN INTENTIONAL RITUAL THAT CAPSTONES THE DAY.
Here is my daily greens juice, blasted in the vitamix blender then drained through a mesh sieve. https://www.vitamix.com/Recipes/Ginger-Greens-Juice/C-Series/Variable-Speed/Classic-64-Ounce here is my go-to. Minus celery. I don’t like celery.
Other capstones I’ll employ in the morning: Running. A great cup of coffee. Loud music in the car. In the evening: Foam rolling hip flexors (strangely relaxing) and licorice root or adaptogen teas.
FILTER YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA TO THAT WHICH ALIGNS WITH WHO YOU ARE, AND WHO YOU ASPIRE TO BE.
Filter out the noise that distracts you from your goals, and leaves you scrolling aimlessly, looking for something that catches your attention.
Spend a day reducing the accounts you follow to 30% of what you once did. Pick only those that a.) are your family or friends b.) represent a life or mindset you are working toward.
STOP READING YOUR EMAIL FIRST THING IN THE MORNING.
Today, I slipped up. I opened my email to a hate message from a troll type on kickstarter. It was rude, insulting and discouraging. That is how I started my day today. No Bueno.
In the first hour of your day, you are rebooting your brain and setting your energy for the day. Fill it with good things and good energy.
LEARNING IS A LIFELONG PURSUIT.
Be curious. Google. (But then look into proper research.) All of the interviewees followed paths of curiosity, whether it made sense at the time or not.
YOU MUST ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING TO 1.) REFLECT UPON, 2.) ENJOY IN THE MOMENT, AND 3.) LOOK FORWARD TO IN THE FUTURE. SANDWICH YOUR DAY BETWEEN GREAT MEMORIES AND INSPIRING GOALS.
My mum was one of the happiest, most engaged human beings I had the pleasure of knowing. Her biggest rule was always have something you are looking forward to. Listening to these two podcasts, every.single.guest lights up while they are talking about a project. You can hear it in their voice, even if you can’t see them.
TREAT SLEEP WITH THE SAME PRIORITY THAT YOU GIVE AN IMPORTANT BUSINESS MEETING IN YOUR CALENDAR, IF NOT MORE.
WHILE WE’RE ON THAT TOPIC, GO TO BED EARLY AND GET UP EARLY.
BE PICKY ABOUT WHO YOU SURROUND YOURSELF WITH. REALIZE IT IS A CHOICE.
Surround yourself with game changers, inspirations, teachers, mentors and happy people. If you are part of their lives, their stories will become your stories, and vice versa.
FOR ACCESS TO CREATIVITY, ENTER THE STATE OF FLOW ONCE PER DAY.
The flow state lights up the brain and promotes creativity.
KEEP A JOURNAL FOR THOUGHTS WORTH SAVING, BUT ALSO TO PUT ASIDE UNHELPFUL THOUGHTS WHILE COMPLETING A TASK.
SOME OF YOUR BEST IDEAS WILL COME WHEN YOU ARE DRIVING OR IN THE SHOWER.
SHIFT YOUR MINDSET AROUND HEALTH; BECOME THE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF YOUR HEALTH AND BODY.
Your Doctor is a consultant in your health. They can offer great advice and services – but it is up to you to do the day to day work. Treat yourself (within reason) as a science experiment. Try out different things. Find the unique combination of health practices that work for you.
CREATE A DAILY GRATITUDE PRACTICE. INSTAGRAM PICTURE AND HASHTAG, JOURNAL ENTRY, FACEBOOK STATUS UPDATE – THE FORMAT DOESN’T MATTER. THE REFLECTION DOES.
READ THE BOOKS THESE PEOPLE RECOMMEND (YES, THEIR OWN TOO) AND KEEP LISTENING TO PODCASTS!
Great books I’ve read as a result of these podcasts: