There's a lot going on in the world right now, and if you're feeling a bit stressed that's totally understandable. Something we like to do when everything feels like it's getting a bit much is listen to a good old podcast. Headphones in, cuppa to hand, ready to zone out from the real world for a little while... bliss!

Now, we love a true crime podcast as much as the next person, but sometimes they leave us in a cold sweat and keep us up at night. That’s why we’ve been mixing it up recently with podcasts that not only entertain and help us unwind but also help normalise talking about mental health, life, stress, romance - the lot! 

Here are a few of our top recommendations (tried and tested by team teapigs) which we think you might love as well. If your favourite isn’t on the list, be sure to let us know as we’re always on the hunt for new additions to our ever growing podcast playlist. 

jay shetty: on purpose

We recently discovered this one, and we're absolutely loving it! Jay Shetty, a former monk turned host, storyteller and viral content creator, talks to a whole range of people - from Marc Randolph (co founder of Netflix) and American film & television producer/screenwriter Brian Grazer, all the way to American media personality, Khloe Kardashian. Topics covered include how to deal with rejection, body shaming & how to stop negative self talk, and how to become a confident communicator. It's a great one if you're looking for insightful conversation, full of tips and tricks to help with your own personal growth.

wobble with jules von hep and sarah powell

The amazing Jules & Sarah talk openly about how it’s A-Ok to have a wobble – whether it’s the result of a manic week at work, your ever growing floordrobe situation or simply that your cat has started looking at you funny; we all wobble every now and again, so let’s talk about it! This feel-good podcast discusses body confidence, mental health and happiness - the perfect podcast for anyone looking for reassurance that we’re all in the same boat when it comes to having a wobble. 

happy place by fearne cotton

If you’ve not listened to happy place yet, then we strongly suggested giving it a try! Fearne chats to a whole host of incredible people about life, love, loss and everything in-between. Guests range from the likes of Russell Brand and Stephen Fry to Dawn French and Coppafeel co-founder, Kris Hallenga. We enjoy listening to this one snuggled up in bed, with a giant cup of snooze!

the adam buxton podcast

Although something of a giant in the podcast world, we felt like we couldn’t miss out Adam Buxton’s wonderful podcast. It’s light-hearted, full of amazing jingles and the perfect way to spend an hour before bed – his open chats with friend, Louis Theroux are some of our favourites, but with an archive dating back to 2015, you’re bound to find one that catches your eye.

bryony gordon’s mad world

On the off chance that there’s anyone out there not already totally enamoured with Bryony Gordon, then we’ve included this recommendation just for you. Mad World is a ten episode podcast brought to you by The Telegraph to get people talking more openly about mental health. In each episode, Bryony chats to a special guest about how their mental health has been affected by their personal experiences. It’s a great way to be reassured that if you’re dealing with a mental health issue, you’re not on alone.

death, sex and money

Attention grabbing name, right? This is a fab, hearty podcast, all about extraordinary life experiences and fascinating people. Host, Anna Sale, tackles taboos and explores the big questions that are often left out of everyday chit chat.

table manners with jessie ware

Singer-songwriter, Jessie, plays host to a podcast all things food and family, straight from her very own dinner table and alongside her chef extraordinaire mother. Be prepared for laughter and (a lot) of oversharing!

when life gives you melons

Hosted by Maya Jama, this six part series covers work, life, relationships and confidence. A couple of our favourites include ‘The Quarter Life Crisis and ‘The Friendship Breakup’.

So that’s our current top 8 podcasts – don’t even get us started on wellness apps! Our go-tos at the moment include Down Dog, Smiling Mind, Calm and Headspace.

What are your favourite podcasts, or apps, to help you chill out? We’d love to know! Tweet us @teapigs.

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