7 Podcasts to Help You Unwind

Ramesha Perera
Mon 06 May

I don't know about you, but one of the chief reasons I listen to podcasts is to relax my mind after a day of strategising, decision making and writing. In this situation, I shy away from anything that deals with business issues because, frankly, that's what I need to decompress from.

With that in mind, here are seven of the very best podcasts that will help you balance yourself after a hard day at work:


1. Best Motivational Podcast: TED Talks Daily
Everyone by now should be familiar with what TED Talks offer. Regardless of the topic, they always contain some kind of inspirational message, introduce you to a new way of thinking or create a role mode that you can emulate. They're always surprising, always insightful, but never overstimulating. TED Talks are the perfect remedy for the putrid PowerPoints you've been enduring all day.


2. Best Pop Culture Podcast: The Marvel Cinematic Universe
With Avengers: End Game queued to be the most significant pop culture event of the decade, there's never been a better time to get into a spoiler-free commentary from co-hosts Matt Carroll and Jeff Randle. The duo have the gift, rare in broadcasting, of making you feel as if you're hanging out with your best friends, shooting the bull, not just about Marvel, but pretty much everything that's wondrous in the nerd lifestyle. 


3. Best True Crime Podcast: 60 Minutes True Crime
My beef with most true crime podcasts is that they end up sounding too much like an episode of CSI. With a very Australian flavour, 60 Minutes true crime podcast series, looks at some of Australia's most significant investigations – the criminal cases that still stand out for reporters to this day and are an important part of our history. 


4. Best History Podcast: Revisionist History
Malcolm Gladwell delves into the history you learned in high school or on the History Channel, revealing how conventional wisdom is always skewed and often dead wrong. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time.


5. Best Story Telling Podcast: Longform 

Each episode is a different interview with a a non-fiction writer, whether that’s a journalist, an author or a podcast host. The episodes focus on the stories they make, how they found them and how they tell stories. It also helps that all three of Longform’s hosts have good voices to listen to. 


6. Best Self Growth Podcast: The Minimalists

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less. With more than 50 million downloads and 6,000 listener reviews, The Minimalists Podcast is the #1 Health podcast to supercharge you for optimum human performance. 


7. Best Motivational Podcast: How I Built This 

I know I said no business but I lied. Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built. A truely insightful and motivational podcast to sink your teeth into.