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For those of us who never seem to have time to read, Podcasts are a great way to keep yourself entertained while walking on the treadmill or driving to and from work in the car. From funny to insightful and always inspirational, there’s one for every mood.  Here’s a list of six that address the issues of life that we all face such as relationships , work, stress, purpose and mindset.

 1. Keep The Spark Alive

Long-term relationships are tough.  From dividing the emotional labour in your home, to keeping your erotic connection alive, it’s not easy.  Esther Perel is famous for her TEDtalk ‘The Secret to Desire in a long-term relationship’. She’s compassionate, straight to the point and unflinchingly honest. Her podcast speaks to all things relationship oriented.

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2. Lean Into Your Career

Being a woman in business is common now, but statistics still show that less than 20% of all company boards have more than one woman on them. That glass ceiling is still only barely cracked. We’ve still got a long way to go before we can consider the glass ceiling broken.  Sheryl Sandberg is the COO of Facebook. She’s faced personal tragedy but still drives both her own and other women’s careers hard. Her talk, ‘Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders’, is a brilliant introduction to the concept of ‘leaning in’ and perfect to listen to on your way back to work after a break!

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3. Say ‘Sayonara’ to Stress

Stress is a modern epidemic, especially for mid-life women facing pressure from every direction. It doesn’t have to be the enemy though, as evidenced in this brilliant talk from Kelly McGonigal, ‘How to make stress your friend’.  She teaches us how to harness stress in a healthy way, using it to motivate, to help make decisions and to prioritise. 

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4. Be Happy and Live Longer

This TEDtalk by Robert Waldinger, ‘What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness’  shows that regardless of economic background or career success, it is connection that defines quality of life and increases our longevity.  It’s a fascinating look at what makes us tick and is truly inspirational. 

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5. Make Yourself Vulnerable

It’s in vulnerability that we find the room to grow – those moments where it’s all new, we’re scared, and we don’t know what’s coming next. Allowing ourselves to be exposed is hard.  Brené Browns’ TEDtalk ‘The Power of Vulnerability’, has been transformative for millions around the world. If you feel like it’s time to rethink how you view your choices, start with a listen to Brene’.

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6. Master your Mindset

Do you procrastinate more than you should?  Does the idea of setting working goals to stay on track has its roots in sound good but you’ve never been able to do it? Tim Ferriss is an absolute legend in mindset mastery circles; the practice of learning to identify your thought processes so that you can overcome them. His talk, ‘Why You Should Define Your Fears Instead of Your Goals’, is a revolution in how we think about what we achieve.

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