10 Podcasts to Help Pass the Time at Home

best podcasts to help pass the time at home during quarantine
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We’ve caught up on our favorite TV shows, spent more time on social media, discovered some new books to read and now we’re … bored. How else can we occupy our time while in quarantine? Podcasts! 

Unlike watching or reading, you can listen to podcasts almost anywhere. We like to pop in our headphones while we’re doing dishes, folding laundry and walking the dog. From self-care to pop culture to productivity, here are 10 of our favorite podcasts to help pass time at home.

Self-Care Podcasts

Happy Place

Fearne Cotton presents a fun and interactive podcast on well-being, mental health and the journey toward happiness. Each week, she shares advice from experts as well as tips on how we can all find our own “Happy Place.” 

Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations

OK, so this one is pretty self-explanatory. Oprah’s podcast does exactly what the name implies, providing conversations that reach our souls and help us explore life in all its facets. This podcast is sure to leave you feeling a little inspired. 

Headspace Radio

Known best for its mindful app, Headspace Radio is a new podcast to help us all center and collect our thoughts. Right now, they are offering hundreds of free guided meditations on everything from stress to relationships. Take the podcast out for a walk, breathe in some fresh air and get to relaxing.

The Mindful Podcast

Learn how to how to deal with your anxiety with this podcast on “bodyscape guided meditation.” Think of it as a helping hand to your mind, body and soul; this one’s favored among those who have trouble sleeping or are feeling stressed.

Productivity and Work-Life Balance Podcasts

Beyond the To-do List 

Let’s face it. Sometimes, we need help learning how to choose the right projects, tasks and goals to tackle in work and life. Host and productivity buff Erik Fisher tackles all aspects of productivity, including getting the right job done, getting good work done and reaching the end goal of productivity: living a worthwhile life. We’re sure you’ll feel inspired after hearing how others have failed and succeeded at daily productivity.

Best of Both Worlds 

This podcast is for those of us who are busy juggling our careers and families. Hosts Laura Vanderkam, author of “I Know How She Does It” and a mom of four, and Sarah Hart-Unger, a practicing physician, blogger and mom of three, discuss work/life balance, parenting, time management, productivity and more. Tune in each week for some new strategies on how to thrive in all spheres of life. 

We love this science-themed podcast for kids!

Entertainment Podcasts

Pop Culture Happy Hour

This fun and engaging podcast from NPR hits on all things happening in the world of entertainment these days: music, books, film and TV.  A recent episode on Solutions To Quarantine Problems is worth a listen.

Office Ladies

Calling all fans of “The Office!” Did you know that co-stars and real-life friends, Jenna Fischer and Angela Martin—aka Pam and Angela—host an interactive podcast all about the beloved comedy? Each week, they dissect an episode of  “The Office” and give us a behind-the-scenes look (er, listen?) at what went into each episode.

How Did This Get Made?

Have you ever seen a movie so bad it’s good? Hosts Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas—comic actors you’ve seen on the big and small screen—have a knack for re-watching these infamous flicks and reviewing them for our pleasure. 

Language-Learning Podcasts

Duolingo Podcast 

What better time to learn a new language than when you have a lot of time on your hands? In conjunction with their app, this podcast can help us improve our language skills as well as gain listening and comprehension skills. Another one to check out is “Coffee Break: Italian,” a hybrid of podcasts and online courses.

This article original appeared on our sister site, Baltimore’s Child.


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