By Phoenicia Schwing 

Ever have a day when you’re just not “feeling it”? Everything feels like it’s too much or nothing seems to be going right. Maybe you just woke up in a bad mood. 

Everyone has bad days. As we’re in this pandemic, bad days seem more frequent and harder to shake sometimes. It’s easy to feel down with everything that is going on right now, and our usual go-to stress-relieving activities may be more limited. But there are still plenty of things out there to boost your mood on those not so great days. 

Sometimes a little self-care—going for a run, face masks, bubble baths—is all it takes to pull yourself out of your funk. Me? I like listening to podcasts! I have an arsenal of uplifting, funny, and relatable ladies to turn to when I need a pick-me-up in the middle of the day, to enjoy during a luxurious bath or as I’m shovelling ice cream in my face on the sofa!  

Anna Faris Is Unqualified 

On the days when I feel like I don’t have it together and need to unwind with some chilled conversation, I love listening to the Anna Faris is Unqualified podcast. She likes to point out that she “doesn’t know what she’s doing” and is simply here to share people’s stories and her “unqualified advice.” In each episode, she invites a different celebrity to talk about life. 

What I love about this show is that everything feels so real and relatable. They talk about life including the hard, messy parts of it, but in a conversational, easy to listen to way laced with hilarious anecdotes. Partway through episodes, Anna invites in an expert to discuss things and bring a little more solid advice to their discussion. I just really enjoy that balance of “unqualified” and qualified perspectives. 

Listening to them helps me feel like it’s okay to not have it all together, especially knowing that even celebrities and highly successful people sometimes don’t either! 

Office Ladies 

Who doesn’t love The Office? Running for 8 years and 9 seasons, it quickly became a solid American favourite. But, I am one of the few people amongst my friends that never got into it, and they never let me live it down! Whenever it’s brought up in conversation, people can’t believe I’ve never seen it. 

With all this popularity and loyal fandom, it is no surprise that Office Ladies is getting so much attention. Whether you are a committed fan or a first-time watcher, this podcast gives you a chance to sit down with co-stars Angela Kinsey and Jenna Fischer and watch or rewatch each episode as they discuss the background and tell behind the scenes stories. 

Even though I’m still not a convert to the show itself, I actually really enjoy listening to the Office Ladies. They are real-life best friends, and you can feel that. I love hearing about all the episodes from their perspective and the stories about what actually was going on during filming. 

Savvy Psychologist

When I’m looking for something substantial and encouraging, I turn to Dr Jade Wu, the Savvy Psychologist. She is a psychologist who tackles life’s challenges with “evidence-based research, a sympathetic ear, and zero judgement.” 

Her episodes may be short, but they are packed with information and insight, perfect for when I’m stuck in a rut or need a different perspective. She brings education and uplifts through her easy to follow explanations with strong, compassionate undertones. It’s like a warm, healing hug. 

iWeigh

For those days when I’m feeling helpless and burdened by all the pain and difficulty happening in the world today, there is no better thing for me than iWeigh. “The Good Place” star, Jameela Jamil hosts this incredible, empowering, motivating and “take back your power” kind of show. More than just a podcast, iWeigh strives for actual change through activism, community, and amplifying diverse voices. 

When you feel like there’s nothing you can do or when you feel stuck, let Jamila and her army of LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and powerful women pull you out and challenge you to make a difference. 

I love the supportive, understanding, and uplifting tone, making addressing social issues approachable and reachable for anyone. Jamila and her guests are full of personality, drawing you in with their insight, crazy stories, and raw-ness.  

Bad days happen. Life drags you down sometimes. Podcasts are one of my favourite things to help carry me through on those days that just aren’t working out. Sometimes I need something funny and relaxing. Other times I need something empowering and motivating. If you’re having a bad day, try checking out one of these amazing podcasts and see if that helps brighten your day just a little.