It's Mental Health week at Castology, as the team recommend podcasts to do with all things self-care and psychology. (Also if you need it, this is your weekly reminder to look after yourself!) Liz recommends (possibly the longest titled podcast ever) The Savvy Psychologist's Quick And Dirty Tips For Better Mental Health; Patrick gets zen with a bit of guided meditation thanks to Meditation Oasis; and Zane goes completely left of field and recommends a fictional podcast that takes a peek into the therapy sessions of superpowered people with The Bright Sessions. Then, it's review time for last week's submissions.
Liz Recommends - The Savvy Psychologist's Quick And Dirty Tips For Better Mental Health
This is one of Liz's favourite podcasts to recommend to friends struggling with the various issues of, you know, living in the world. Got anxiety? Dealing with stress? Wondering if negative thoughts are really that bad? Having weird dreams and wondering if they mean anything? The Savvy Psychologist aka clinical psychologist Dr Jade Wu probably has an episode for you. At only 10-15 mins per episode, this podcast is a legit easy-to-digest snack to help you snap back to reality and regain control of some aspects of your life that may have gotten messy. It's really handy beginner's guide to understanding how we work as emotional human beings. It's like mini on-the-go therapy real talk.
For both: Pick a topic you struggle with or want more information on and go go go!
Pat Recommends - Meditation Oasis
Meditation for me is one of those things that I always tell myself I'll start doing on a regular basis. A couple of times a week isn't terribly regular, is it? This podcast helps tremendously though. It's especially good if you've never meditated before or find yourself getting frustrated with your solo attempts. Mary and Richard Maddox bring 40 years of mediation teaching and practice between them, so you can trust you're in good hands. I chose this podcast over others because it seemed to me the most pure, a little bit of preamble and then straight into the mediation, often with a soothing musical accompaniment. There's 60 episodes and they range form 10 - 30 minutes. Stay healthy people, mentally healthy.
Zane & Liz: Whatever you do, don't pick the wrong one.
Zane Recommends - The Bright Sessions
On this theme week, Zane is presenting to you, The Bright Sessions. The Bright Sessions is a science fiction podcast that follows a group of therapy patients. But these are not your typical patients - each has a unique supernatural ability. The show documents their struggles and discoveries as well as the motivations of their mysterious therapist, Dr. Bright.
The show is written and directed by Lauren Shippen and has concluded its main run. However, there is a sequel series planned for release exclusively on Luminary and Lauren Shippen is writing three YA novels in the universe of the show for Tor Teen. The first comes out September 24th, 2019.
For Pat & Liz: Start from the beginning but it is easy to jump into.