90% of the US population confirmed that they are going through a mental health crisis.America is currently going through a mental health crisis. Wars, inflation, environmental disasters—you name it, the going has gotten tougher lately. In times like these, all your mind needs is a break from the news to quiet down and unwind.

Podcasting can be a pleasant getaway from stressful situations and the current state of the world. Listening to true crimes, guided meditations, or the voice of your favorite podcaster can transport you to your happy place. In fact, Americans like to channel this mindset: 164 million will be tuning in to their favorite podcasts by 2024.

Let’s explore three ways that listening to and watching podcasts—even starting your own—can improve your mental well-being.

Enhance Life Experiences and Positive Emotions

Podcast listeners are curious people—a study found that 74% are seeking to learn new things, gain a new perspective, and enrich their life experiences. Thanks to informative podcasts, they can feel refreshed and find a deeper understanding of daily situations.

In fact, listeners tend to be more open to life experiences and feel more socially engaged with hosts, perceiving them as friends. Moreover, the same study suggests that listeners experience less negative emotions, often associated with social media use. So, take a few moments to open your mind and listen to fun facts and your favorite hosts talking. 

Some enlightening and entertaining podcasts include: 

Relating to Others Through Lived Experience

A study involving medical students and senior physicians discovered that students felt validated upon hearing about the physicians’ accounts of lived experiences with mental health issues. This is because listening to testimonies and relating to them can help you recognize and address your own mental health struggles without stigmas. 

Therefore, podcasts can be another way of feeling seen and understood by the lived experiences hosts and guests share. However, it’s important to remember that podcasts don’t replace therapy or psychiatric treatment. They’re more like listening to friends conveying their experiences to you and sometimes sharing advice, lessons, and insights into how our brains work.

There’s one for everybody, so let’s check out some top mental health podcasts to get you started:

Start Your Own Podcast for Self Expression

After listening to other podcasts, you might feel inspired to tell your own story—and research suggests that’s a great idea to improve your mental health. Creativity has been linked with positive emotions that boost our well-being.

Moreover, writing down your thoughts or saying them out loud can be an effective exercise in catharsis (getting rid of unhappy memories or strong emotions by expressing them in some way). Sharing your experience can also help you connect with others and aid people in making sense of their own emotions.

But how can you get started? It’s simpler than you think. With our Disctopia App, you can start recording and uploading your podcasts immediately. Our step-by-step summarizes the key components of your podcast and how to start your journey with us. You can also film it and upload a video version to engage those who prefer the viewing experience. 

To start your journey as an independent podcaster, get to know the Disctopia platform here.