If you’re turning to podcast land for tips to survive your family dinner this holiday season, Podsauce has you covered! On our list, we’ve included insightful episodes from Glennon Doyle, psychologist Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, and holiday shopping advice from Emma Chamberlain.
Learn how Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith makes space for her feelings in an NPR podcast. If you’re looking for mindfulness, there’s an 11-minute meditation episode guided by teacher/author Sebene Selassie.
Happy holidays! Scroll down to check out our complete round-up.
We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle
Podsauce loves Glennon Doyle’s podcast “We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle,” filled with sage advice and enlightening conversations with guests. On this episode, hear Glennon, her partner Abby, and Glennon’s sister’s hacks for smooth sailing this holiday season. We’ll learn fantastic advice like how to “be unsurprised” no matter what happens when you’re around family and loved ones. Abby shared how she avoided adopting her mom’s super-stressed perception of the holidays. Amanda discussed how breaking one of her family’s greatest traditions became one of her favorite holiday memories. This episode is 61 minutes long.
NPR’s “Life Kit” shares insight on an assortment of topics. On this 12-minute episode, listeners shared ways they keep memories and traditions alive after loved ones have passed on. Then, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith discussed her experience with grief, making space for these feelings, and how loss infiltrates her work. Tracy has released Life on Mars, her memoir, Ordinary Light, and more.
Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain
If you’re looking for gift inspiration or tips, check out this “holiday shopping” episode of Ramble’s “Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain.” Podcast host, YouTuber, and social media influencer Emma shares her thoughts on the holiday season then discusses gift giving. She shared why she’s not a fan of gifting, how the custom makes her anxious, and explores some gift ideas and general rules of thumb, such as why you should avoid giving live animals as presents. This episode is 75 minutes long.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Episode 353 of The Onward Project’s “Happier with Gretchen Rubin” shares gift guides and how expressing and embracing feelings can help you this holiday season. This 33-minute episode drew on a listener’s suggestion for practicing gratitude. And Gretchen also shared listeners’ suggestions for gifts to make recipients “happier, healthier, and more productive.”
Therapy for Black Girls
iHeartPodcasts’ “Therapy for Black Girls” is a weekly podcast hosted by psychologist Dr. Joy Harden Bradford to share advice on mental health and more. “Session 235” is a repeat episode from 2017, but the wisdom shared is timeless. Hear about stress, anxiety, depressive disorders, and coping with family during the holidays in this 18-minute episode.
Ten Percent Happier
If you enjoy meditation and self-healing modalities to destress this season, this 11-minute meditation might do the trick. “Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris” shares mental health tools in weekly episodes with a variety of guests . On this episode, Sebene Selassie presents “an ancient meditation on the classical elements of matter, helping you connect more deeply with your body.”