One of the great things about adulthood is being the CEO of your own life. You get to make your own money (and decide how to spend it). You get to decide what relationships you want (and don’t want). And, you get to decide whether to eat leftover cake for breakfast (judgment-free). But adulthood is also full of predicaments that aren’t so sweet and figuring out how to navigate it all can be tiresome. We’ve rounded up some great adulting podcasts that dole out sage advice on the things that make adulting a challenge, from handling your finances to working through complex relationships to developing healthy habits for your body and mind.
There’s a running joke on the internet that the best things about being a child were A) not having any responsibilities and B) not having any bills to pay. Which—true. Ah, if we could only go back to such carefree days! More money means more problems or at least more situations that need handling. Money Girl, hosted by Laura Adams of the site Quick and Dirty Tips, provides plenty of practical advice for gaining a good grasp on your finances, from your credit to taxes and insurance.
Host Anna Sale originally pitched Death, Sex & Money during a contest at WNYC aimed at developing new podcasts. She realized these were three of the things everyone eventually has to confront. Sale sums up the show’s goal at the opening of every episode with the tagline, “This is Death, Sex and Money. The show from WNYC about the things we think about a lot… And need to talk about more.”
Hosted by Dr. Ellen Hendriksen, a clinical psychologist at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, this pod delivers short episodes focused on how to lead a healthier emotional life. Henriksen takes a sympathetic approach to explaining the “why” behind the various emotions we experience and gives sound, evidence-based advice. For a primer, be sure to check out the episodes on “How To Deal With News Overload” and “Nine Reasons You Can’t Focus.”
The Tim Ferriss Show has made many “best of” podcasts lists, largely due to the pod’s uber-appealing quest to figure out the very best life-hacks around. Ferriss is the author of the bestseller The 4-Hour Work Week and he’s a well-known figure in the startup scene. The podcast is centered around topics and people that Ferriss finds interesting, so take a look at individual episodes to decide where to start.
Hosted by ABC news correspondent Mara Schiavocampo, Motivated tackles health and wellness through interviews with fitness experts, doctors and ordinary people. The topic is near and dear to Schiavocampo, whose memoir, Thinspired: How I Lost 90 Pounds: My Plan for Lasting Weight Loss & Self-Acceptance, chronicles her struggle with her body and the lessons she learned along the way. If you’re curious about the latest health trends and research or just need (ahem!) a little motivation, give it a listen.
Gretchen Rubin just wants everyone to be happier. And she’s on a mission to ensure we’re all getting the best out of our daily lives. You might recognize Rubin as the author of The Happiness Project, in which she dedicated a year to figuring out how to live more contently. Rubin co-hosts Happier with her younger sister, Elizabeth Craft, and the two offer advice that’s anything but preachy.
Technology is accelerating at a tremendous pace and navigating the level of information in the big wide web can be downright anxiety-inducing. That’s where Manoush Zomorodi comes in. As the host of Note to Self, Zomorodi helps listeners get a better grasp about the effects of technology on our daily lives and to, as she says, “question everything.” Be sure to check out “The Privacy Paradox,” a 5-part plan aimed at helping listeners to “take back their digital identity.”
If you’re in search of a podcast that prioritizes self-love over diet fads, then The BodyLove Project is worth a listen. Episodes are hosted by Jessi Haggerty, a registered dietitian who prioritizes intuitive eating and a body-positive approach to health. Everyone says that we need to love our bodies, but this podcast explores exactly how to do that.
If you’re a fan of the advice column, then this one’s for you! Dear Sugars, the pod, originated from an actual advice column in the literary magazine The Rumpus. The pod is hosted by Cheryl Strayed (of the mega-smash memoir Wild) and Steve Almond (a literary critic and author), who both took turns playing the role of “Sugar” in the “Dear Sugar” column. Unlike most advice columns, you can count on having two different voices with different experiences chiming in on life’s conundrums. If you’re facing a complicated life situation and have been aching for some guidance, then give Dear Sugars a listen.
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