Have you been feeling low from all the negativity surrounding our lives now? Take a break with these relaxing podcasts. 

We’re now halfway through the partial lockdown, with just over a week to go. It’s been a month of uncertainty — of not knowing how far can this virus spread and how long this partial lockdown will last. So it’s understandable when anxiety and worry starts to build up.

Perhaps it’s time to step away. Stop yourself from drowning in this black hole of COVID-19 news because sadly, the news won’t stop. Limit to what you read a day, then switch it to these podcasts instead. These are focused on mindfulness, meditation and how to deal with anxiety and stress. You can listen to them any time of the day, whenever you feel like you need a breather.

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1
Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

Dan Harris is an ABC newsman; a fidgety and sceptical one — so he describes. A panic attack live on Good Morning America led him to find 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. You can listen to the episode and any of his shows on Apple Podcast for free.

Episode
How to Handle Coronavirus Anxiety
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2
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. He started off with his YouTube channel which has garnered 3 million followers. His content mainly revolves around mindfulness, sometimes bringing in celebrities like Alicia Keys. On Purpose with Jay Shetty is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, website and YouTube channel.

Episode
3 Ways to Deal with Loneliness & Healthy Social Distancing
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3
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 experience anxiety since the 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.

Episode
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. In her podcast series, she implements evidence-based tools on how to deal with anxiety. There are currently six episodes on how to deal with 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 website.

Episode
Coronavirus BONUS: Coach Yourself Through a Crisis
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5
Anxiety Slayer

The Anxiety Slayer podcast is created in 2009 by Shann Vander Leek and Ananga Sivyer, with more than six million downloads. Online courses are also available with a price, but the podcasts episodes are free which you can tune in every week as new episodes will be released. There are various methods available, including tapping sessions that may work for you. The Anxiety Slayer is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and website.

Episode
Guided Tapping Session for the Fear of Getting 
Coronavirus
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