Do you ever sit in traffic and think about all of the things you could be doing with the time instead of crawling down the freeway? Time is valuable, its limited, and for me at least 90 minutes of it was being sucked up staring at the tail lights of the car in front of me.
I started listening to podcasts as a way to combat the frustration I was feeling about sitting in traffic day after day on my commute to and from work. That time spent with my foot on the brake more frequently than the pedal suddenly shifted from time wasted to time well spent.
I began by listening to shows such as This American Life and Serial. Each of these were thought provoking, but on a completely different topic than my day-to-day work. The way they got my mind to shift direction yet still be present was energizing. I wasn’t looking to podcasts to help me “check-out”, but rather to change gears as I transitioned from the work day and into my home life. I also enjoyed the way each of these shows made me feel well-informed of current events on a deeper level than the quick, dramatized way headlines deliver news.
Now that I am working primarily in private practice, my commute time is much shorter and I have the freedom to spend some of my business hours working behind the scenes at home. Working in private practice typically means less interaction with colleagues on a day-to-day basis, but more time for seeking out new information and inspiration on the topics of my work: nutrition, self-care, body image, eating disorder treatment, and entrepreneurship.
Over the last week or so I have listened to a few podcasts that have been tugging at me to be shared. I hope that you can find some time to tune in.
Mind Body Musings: Andrea Owen: Love Addiction, Codependency and Building Shame Resilience
A vulnerable story-telling of a series of life’s misfortunes and how Andrea overcame them by recognizing her triggers and needs for self-care.
Savor Podcast: Fat and Babies are Best Friends! What?!? featuring Lindsay Stenovec, MS, RD, CEDRD
A fantastic listen about the mind and body changes a woman will experience throughout the prenatal and postpartum experience, and how to deal.
Being Boss: Boss Integrity with Jay Pryor
A cheerful conversation about making space and envisioning your entreprenural dreams coming true.
If you enjoyed these podcasts, or have additional recommendations, please share them in the comments below.