Podcasts allow you to see the world through someone else’s words. They engage your imagination, make long drives and traffic more tolerable and can take your mind off your troubles.
Health podcasts go a step further in helping you improve your quality of life. They share insights from medical experts that can help you prevent disease and treat others. They can ease you into sleep or prompt you to seek help if need be. Read on to discover how health podcasts can help you transform your own life!
1. You Learn New Things
Did you know that oregano oil can kill the MRSA virus and shows no sign of prompting antibacterial resistance? Or that eating a diet high in processed and red meats increases your risk of both cardiovascular disease and certain cancers?
Imagine if you managed to avoid the office bug going around because you learned in a health podcast that keeping a small aromatherapy mister with wintergreen essential oil boosts immune function. No, listening to health podcasts won’t prevent every illness, but they give you powerful tools in your arsenal for battling disease.
Seek out podcasts that speak to health conditions you suffer from. For example, if you have an autoimmune condition like rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn’s disease, you may benefit from eating more anti-inflammatory foods. If you struggle to lose weight, use podcasts to learn about the various merits of popular diet plans, so you can finally win the battle of the bulge.
2. You Grow Your Creativity
When you listen to a story unfold, your brain lights up. Your imagination brings the story to life, helping you build your creativity. And even if you don’t currently read for pleasure, listening to stories can help you build proficiency in the skill nevertheless.
Think of all the things you imagine when you listen to a podcast. What does the speaker look like? Why do they feel this information is so vital to share? Listening to podcasts creates a connection between you and the speaker where meaning is created.
3. You Improve Your Listening Skills
Listening skills are one of the most desirable soft skills to employers. Client and customer relationships work better when people fully engage in listening to the needs, wants and hopes of others.
Listening to podcasts helps you develop your listening skills. And this won’t only make you a more valued employee. Wait until you see how your relationships with your loved ones improve once you naturally begin showing them more genuine attention.
4. You Distract Your Mind
Had a stressful day at the office? Can’t stop stewing about that person who cut you off in the grocery line? Reach for a health podcast!
Health podcasts focus on mental health as well as physical health, and you can tune into a cognitive behavioral listening experience to help reframe your thinking more positively. Or you can simply relieve stress by letting your mind focus on a topic other than your own troubles for a bit.
5. You Can Share Your Ideas
Have you ever thought of creating your own podcast? If you have an area of health expertise, you can share your wisdom with others. You can even listen to a podcast on how to create an effective one — talk about a fun way to hone your craft.
Podcasts enable you to earn extra money through various channels. Many of these enable you to earn a residual income from your creation months or years after publication. If you’re an expert on using healing herbs or treating food as medicine, what are you waiting for?
6. You Develop Your Empathy
When people listen to podcasts, they get caught up in the storytelling (yes, even if they’re learning about the healthiest vegan cheese alternatives). This causes the brain to release oxytocin, sometimes referred to as the cuddle chemical.
Medical research indicates increased oxytocin levels positively influences the processing of social cues in the ventral tegmental area of the brain. In plain English? The more oxytocin your brain releases, the more empathy you display. Empathy is a vital soft skill, and you may notice people become naturally more drawn to you when you begin listening to health podcasts.
7. You Naturally Choose Healthier Habits
Weird question: when was the last time you flossed your teeth? You may be one of the majority of Americans who admits flossing only sometimes or never. However, if you learned on a health podcast how periodontal disease can lead to dangerous sepsis, you might stop at the store for a roll on your way home!
Knowledge is power. When you learn new information about your body on health podcasts, you naturally take better care of it. And repetition builds compliance. It’s one thing to hear, “You need to cut back on your consumption of junk food,” from your PCP once a year at your annual checkup. It’s quite another to listen daily about the dangers.
Listening to Health Podcasts Will Transform Your Life
You can learn so much and benefit so greatly from health podcasts, there’s no reason not to listen in. You have your phone on you, right?
Written by Kate Harveston
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