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3 Podcasts That Feel More Like Friends – How Podcasts Can Reduce Loneliness and Improve Wellbeing

Podcasts! I’m sorry that I ignored you for so long – but I’m making up for it now. And then some. Read on to find out the 3 podcasts that feel more like friends – and how these podcasts have improved my wellbeing over the last few years.

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I’m old enough to remember when podcasts first launched – and, way back in 2004 I just thought, “what a weird name”. I didn’t understand what they were or who their audience was. 

Well, fast forward to 2016 and I became hooked on an XFM show hosted by two comedians. I fell down the podcast rabbit hole FAST.

During this time, I was quickly hooked on Serial – if you’ve yet to discover this, then I suggest you listen. Now. We can discuss in the comments section. 

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Podcasts and audiobooks have a lot in common; audio storytelling has always been a part of our lives – hence why video did not kill the radio star.

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Podcasts are also ideal to listen to while crafting – you don’t miss any secretive looks between the main characters as you’re counting stitches. 

Everything you need to know is audible – so you can focus on your crochet, painting, or washing your dishes.

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These days, I find myself listening to a variety of podcasts, but I always come back to these three. Sometimes I even voluntarily do the dishes, so I have an excuse to listen for 30 minutes. 

So here are my recommendations for my top 3 podcasts that feel more like friends:

I started off listening to Josh Widdicombe on XFM (also a v. good podcast to listen to, especially James Acaster’s segments).

Then Josh gave way to Elis and John, every Saturday afternoon, and they soon became a staple. Elis and John are both successful comedians (check out The Darkness of Robins on Netflix) who have an amazing friendship.

Their XFM and Radio X shows are full of wit, humour, and a good dose of piss-taking. You’ll hear hilarious anecdotes – watch our for Elis’ gig diaries, and experience John being the most competitive person. The boys’ jingles (tick off a taste and textual healing to name a few) will become part of your everyday earworms.

You’ll get to know Elis and John and forget they’re not really your friends. Part-way through the hundreds of episodes, you’ll learn about the Facebook Group that has grown to be enormous – and if you’re a true PCD, then I’m sure I’ll see you there soon! 

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I fell in love with Jess from years of listening to The Guilty Feminist (another free recommendation there). Jess is one of the most engaging, honest, and funny comedians in the UK.

Jess was a part-time host on The Guilty Feminist, and I was always excited when this weeks’ episode featured her. So I was delighted when Jess launched her podcast – Hoovering, “the podcast all about EATING”.

Hoovering is all about how we eat food and the complex emotions around it. I would be lying if I said that this podcast hadn’t changed my life. There’s something so honest and refreshing about Jess’ attitude to eating, wellbeing, and the diet industry.

Jess and her amazing guests are like having a group of friends over each week – and – having a weekly therapy session to boot.

I got married in a multi-colour polka dot dress, without dieting, and felt FABULOUS. And that’s genuinely thanks to Jessica Fostekew and The Hoovering Pod.

I would recommend this podcast to every single woman alive; it gave me the gift of not hating myself and enjoying life NOW.

You can follow Jess on twitter here and find her Patreon here.

If you listen to this podcast, I would love to know – so drop me a comment and let’s fangirl together!

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Each week Dan, James, Anna and Andy discuss their favourite facts unearthed in the past seven days.

There are quite literally hundreds of episodes of Fish available wherever you get your podcasts (for me, it’s Spotify). Each episode is funny, informative, and different – you’ll find yourself laughing and learning in equal measures.

You can tell that all the hosts – who are actual QI elves – are friends and their energy is a breath of fresh air.

Fish has become my go-to podcast when I just don’t know what to do with myself. I feel like I’m part of their gang and that I’ve got a group of friends over for dinner (don’t worry, I’m not talking to my phone just yet). Some of my most laugh-out-loud podcast moments have been during this series – and I don’t even feel weird laughing by myself in my room.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my experiences with podcast (mainly being a weirdo and pretending the hosts are my friends!) 

If you’ve got any podcast recommendations I would love to hear them! I’m always on the lookout for new podcasts to listen to! 

Lots of love,

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  • Ivana

    I love podcasts! I just launched my own a few weeks ago 🙂 One of my favorites is Own Your Hustle by Ruby Lee, it’s very motivational and informative.

  • Lucy

    OK, first off – I am in love with your writing style. So relatable! I also think podcast are fab and was late in discovering them. Now my lunch break walks wouldn’t be the same without them.

  • Kathryn

    I’ve just recently started to listen to podcasts and enjoying them. They’re really helpful during this lockdown, especially as we are in the house for so long.
    I’ll check out these recommendations 🙂

  • Lindsey

    Ooh I really enjoyed this! I’ve only just started listening to podcasts myself so definitely on the lookout for some more recommendations – thanks for sharing.

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