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While the cloud of uncertainty looms over our head with the new extended guidelines for the lockdown, one thing we can be thankful for is the digital medium of entertainment at our disposal. If you are struggling to get past the COVID-19 blackhole, then tune in to these mental health podcasts for some calm. 

2020 seems to have taken a U-turn from the ‘beginning of the decade’ goals, and instead of showering us with fresh news (at least on Instagram), almost 80 per cent of scrolling involves news about the ongoing pandemic. But many of us have been doing everything to put a smile back on the face and carry on with our lives. Can’t say it is easy, but a few online portals have not only saved us from boredom but have also made it better for us to deal with crises. 

A month of self-isolation has got us hooked digital independence – from cooking apps, colouring apps, at-home yoga to bodyweight workout at home, online learning, and more – apps have taken over our lives. Although we can’t ignore the stress that comes with it. To help you further with anxiety, listen to these mental health podcasts. These focus on mindfulness and healthy social distancing.

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Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

Dan Harris is an ABC newsman whose panic attack live on Good Morning America led him to search out the benefits of meditation. Harris then wrote the bestselling book, “10% Happier” and started a podcast series shortly after. Harris has an episode purely on how to deal with Coronavirus anxiety. Listen to the episode and any of his shows on Apple Podcast for free.

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How to Handle Coronavirus Anxiety
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On Purpose with Jay Shetty

An award-winning host, storyteller, viral content creator and motivational speaker, Jay Shetty is a familiar face on the internet whether you are a regular podcast listener or not. His content revolves around mindfulness, sometimes bringing in celebrities like Alicia Keys on his show. On Purpose with Jay Shetty is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, the website and his YouTube channel.

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3 Ways to Deal with Loneliness & Healthy Social Distancing
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Owning It: The Anxiety Podcast by Caroline Foran

Caroline Foran’s calm, soothing voice may be exactly what you need in this time of chaos. She’s the author of ‘Owning It: Your Bullsh*t-Free Guide to Living with Anxiety’, which she then translated into a podcast. She shares her personal story of experiencing anxiety since her early 20s, along with expert input to help you deal with anxiety. Owning It: The Anxiety Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Acast.

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Owning It: Covid19 Anxiety Coping Skills
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4
The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

Dr. Laurie Santos is a Yale University professor of psychology and she implements evidence-based tools on dealing with anxiety. There are currently six episodes on the various types of Coronavirus anxiety, such as dealing with loneliness, how to maintain a relationship despite being in isolation and how to be calm in this crisis. The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and the official website.

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Coronavirus BONUS: Coach Yourself Through a Crisis
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5
Anxiety Slayer

The Anxiety Slayer podcast was created in 2009 by Shann Vander Leek and Ananga Sivyer, with more than six million downloads. Listeners can tune in every week as new episodes will be released and it’s available via Apple Podcasts, Spotify as well as the website.

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This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore

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