Creative ways to spend your break: podcasts

In the Creative ways to spend your break blog series, we’re exploring unique alternatives to pass the time on your rest breaks. Today we present to you the power of the modern podcast.

A podcast for escapism: Joe Exotic: Tiger King

Think you’re having a bad day? Wait until you hear the biographical podcast of Joe Exotic: an eccentric ex-zookeeper with a superiority complex, turned convicted felon and now…famous. Expect big cats, big personality, and even bigger egos. 

Having captured the attention of the world thanks to the popular eponymous Netflix documentary, the podcast brings the same investigative style scandals and stories to audio fans everywhere. For former Joe Exotic content junkies, the podcast brings a closer look into the Tiger King’s personal and musical backgrounds. 


A podcast for calm and mindfulness: The Mindful Minute

You’re a busy person with an important job to do. When you’re not looking at the road, how often do you take a second to stop and look out for yourself? If you’re seeking a second of stillness in your workday, quick guided meditation sessions may be a plan for lunchtimes. 

Hosted by experienced Yoga therapist and meditation teacher Meryl Arnett, the podcast is structured in short 15 minute bursts. Rest, relax and get out of your own head with these helpful meditation scripts. With The Mindful Minute, you can finally find a moment of peace. 

A podcast for positivity: Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Sometimes all we need to hear are the right words to get us back on track. Made with a generous splash of fun, this podcast is by happiness habits author, Gretchen Rubin. Her best selling book, often shortened to The Happiness Project, is a great jumping off point for the podcast which also discusses how humans create, obtain and celebrate happiness. 

The book’s full title is: The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun  – which should give you a pretty strong idea of the quirky lengths Rubin goes to, to explore happiness in this podcast. 

With 95 million downloads backing the free podcast, there’s no reason not to be entertained and enjoy your break with a smile. Read the reviews here

After something a little bit different? See The Guardian’s 20 Best Podcasts of 2019 list.