Podcasts to Listen to If You Have Social Anxiety
Are you looking for a good social anxiety podcast to listen to? While I’ve thought about starting a podcast myself (and still might), I’m not sure it would be solely focused on social anxiety. And in fact, there aren’t that many podcasts that are just about social anxiety.
There are quite a few that I like to listen to though, that either talk directly about social anxiety or about mental health in general. So, I thought I’d share my favorites and you can see if any of them resonate with you.
Social Anxiety Solutions
The Social Anxiety Solutions podcast by Sebastiaan van der Schrier is an interesting look at how the emotional freedom technique (EFT) can be used to help reduce social anxiety.
Whether or not you believe in the underlying theory of EFT, there’s no question that Sebastiaan has a very good understanding of all the different facets of social anxiety. In addition, he has many helpful insights on just what it takes to overcome this anxiety and become more socially confident.
Okay Now Breathe
A new favorite of mine is the Okay Now Breathe podcast by Meagan, author of the blog by the same name. On her podcast, Meagan shares her own stories of how she manages her mental health, social anxiety, and other issues. Her focus is on self-compassion and self-love, and her gentle tone and warm demanour make it a nice podcast to listen to when you need to wind down.
The Confident Mind
Kyle MacDonald is the voice behind the confident mind podcast. Kyle is a psychotherapist who explores how to use mindfulness and other strategies to manage social anxiety.
I have to admit that I’ve not listened to many of Kyle’s episodes (I need to change that!), however this is one of the podcasts you should defintely put on your listening list at least until you can decide if it’s right for you.
It’s one of the few that’s focused entirely on social anxiety and Kyle has a whole program for overcoming social anxiety that you can look into if you find you like his podcast.
Radical Transformation Podcast
I will admit I’ve listened to nearly every one of Faith’s Radical Transformation podcast episodes, simply because she has a manner of speaking that permeates how you think—in a good way.
Faith gives general advice on managing anxiety and depression in terms of mindset and healthy habits, but her strength is really in the motivational pep talks that form the core of all her episodes. If you’re lacking motivation or feeling the need for someone to “talk you out of a slump,” I’d suggest giving this one a try.
The Savvy Psychologist Podcast used to be run by social anxiety expert Ellen Hendriksen, which is why it showed up on my radar. It’s now run by Jade Wu, and I admit I need to get caught up on the episodes. However, if you go back and listen to the ones by Dr. Hendriksen, she offers helpful advice based on scientific studies, with a dash of humor.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin’s Happier podcast is one that will just naturally suck you in. She’s an interesting person, who has done and written about interesting things, and there’s just no reason not to follow her. Again, her podcast is not about social anxiety per se, but from a mental health perspective it is interesting nonetheless.
Do it Scared with Ruth Soukup
Ah, the Do it Scared podcast with Ruth Soukup. Ruth makes a very good point that we can’t always feel comfortable doing the things we need to do in life, and sometimes we will need to do them scared.
All diagnosable mental health issues aside, this is good advice, and my favorite episodes of this podcast are the one’s in which she has guests on the show. One in particular that I suggest listening to is the one with Todd Herman who wrote the Alter Ego Effect.
What about you? Do you have any favorite podcasts that you like to listen to that help with social anxiety? Or, is there a podcast that you think should exist that you’re just waiting for someone to start? I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments below.