8 Inspiring Podcasts for Quarantine to Boost Your Mood & Knowledge

  • By Megan Simpson

  • May 1, 2020

8 Inspiring Podcasts for Quarantine to Boost Your Mood & Knowledge

We can all agree that the earth has never been more “online” than it is today. In the wake of stay-at-home orders around the world, humankind has turned to screens for work, communication, entertainment, and inspiration. While our daily routines rely heavily on computers and phones, we’re also told to limit screen time—a concept we could practice much easier if we weren’t stuck at home. We’re all “finding a balance” between screens and real life, work and play, comfort and healthy foods, and beyond. While this quest is personal for each individual, talking about our struggles and sharing potential solutions with others can be healing. Enter our favorite tech compromise of the modern-day: podcasts for quarantine.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite podcasts that focusing on inspiring you (to follow your entrepreneurial dreams, to maintain or begin your fitness journey, to practice self-love and mindfulness, even to go to sleep!) These are perfect to download and queue up for your daily exercise routine, your walk around the block, your drive to your essential business, your shower, that deep-clean of your kitchen you’ve been putting off, etc. These will occupy your mind and get your wheels turning.

On Purpose with Jay Shetty – Kast Mediaon purose with jay shetty podcast icon mental health wellness

World-renowned internet personality (and mental health advocate) Jay Shetty takes his words of wisdom to the airwaves. In addition to his daily meditation videos to help calm the world during quarantine, Jay’s On Purpose podcast produces bi-weekly content that feature new guests each episode. While the “topics” and guest stars change each episode, the overarching theme of “living with purpose” remains. New episodes every Monday and Friday.

The Ikonns – Alex & Mimi Ikonnthe ikonns podcasts for quarantine wellness couple alex mimi ikonn happiness

Have you ever met a couple with a more perfectly crafted last name? Spouses Alex and Mimi are co-founders of Intelligent Change (centered around reflective journals and a productivity planner). Both are now hosts of this bi-weekly show, featuring wellness tips to improve your life and business advice any founder needs to know. New episodes every Tuesday and Thursday.

The goop Podcast – Goop, Inc. and Cadence13the goop podcast podcasts for quarantine inspiring business entrepreneurship gwyneth paltrow

Oh, Gwyneth Paltrow. What aren’t you doing these days? The actress/author/businesswoman (and founder of luxury brand: goop) teams up with her company’s CCO, Elise Loehnen, to speak with thought leaders from all industries (no, really: from doctors to global activists) about the problems facing humankind today, as well as potential solutions. This podcast invites listeners to embrace out-of-the-box thinking. New episodes every Tuesday and Thursday.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin – Gretchen Rubin/The Onward Projecthappier with gretchen rubin podcasts for quarantine inspiring podcast the happiness project the onward project

It’s debatable, but YRH firmly believes that our collective objective as people is to achieve happiness in one way or another. Best-selling author Gretchen Rubin believes she can help guide you in the right direction. The creator of The Happiness Project has already reached over 250 episodes of her podcast, which focuses on tangible steps toward ensuring good habits and a healthy mindset. New episodes every Monday and Wednesday.

Raising the Bar with Alli and Michael – Dear Mediaraising the bar with alli and michael podcast podcasts for quarantine entrepreneurship drybar founder business talk

Budding entrepreneurs of the world; unite! Founder of the incredibly successful Drybar, Alli Webb, and her business partner slash real-life brother, Michael Landau, muse about the fundamentals of starting your own business. A bonus: much of their content also includes tips on maintaining a healthy (and thriving) work/life balance. Alli and Michael speak with a number of self-starters on their successes, and failures, while diving into their current business obsessions. New episodes every other Friday.

Unlocking Us with Brené Brown – Brené Brown and Cadence13unlocking us with brené brene brown cadence13 podcast podcasts for quarantine mental health ted talks vulnerability shame

Professor Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has made a name for herself (the world over) in the world of mental health. As an author and a prolific public speaker, she has cultivated quite a following in the age of the internet. Her many TED Talks have introduced her innovative and powerful thoughts on shame, vulnerability, personal change, courage, and more, to humans of all ages. She and her podcast guests explore what it truly means to be human. New episodes every Tuesday.

RISE podcast – Hollis Networkrise podcast rachel hollis podcasts for quarantine hollis network inspiring business talks personal development

Author, motivational speaker, and blogger Rachel Hollis hosts this inspiring podcast all about personal and professional development. With her many guests, she discusses a number of “how-tos” relating to the all-powerful work/life balance. Rachel makes it personal with snippets of her own books, as well as real-life stories and examples from her own life. New episodes every Tuesday.

Nothing much happens; bedtime stories to help you sleep – Curiouscastnothing much happens bedtime stories to help you sleep podcast podcasts for quarantine restful sleepy

A “podcasts for quarantine” pivot: when it’s time to rest your weary mind, the kind of “inspiration” you need is going to shift. This soothing podcast, hosted by yoga and meditation teacher Kathryn Nicolai, sweetly distracts your brain from the hustle and bustle of the day and prepares it for sleep. Besides; how can you expect to be productive every day if you’re not feeling fully rested? Treat yourself to a bedtime story at any age! New episodes every other Monday.

What are some of your favorite podcasts for quarantine?