What on earth is going on – I mean seriously? It feels like the world is ending… However things are starting to look up and we have everything crossed that next week resumes fertility treatments in the UK and further afield. That’s a good enough reason to shout HELL YEAH and dance around the kitchen like no-one is watching – which in fact, they aren’t! So, what do we need? Music! Good vibes, great playlists and kick-ar*e podcasts.
Here are this week’s top finds on Spotify to boost your week ahead…
Wake Up Happy
Now more than ever, it’s SO important to think about our mental health and inject some happiness to set the mood of our day with these awesome, happy songs! Dancing around the kitchen like an idiot is the BEST feeling ever to lift spirits. Whack up the volume and give it a go…
Summer In The Garden
We’re so close to Summer, we can feel the heat. If you’re lucky enough to have outdoor space, these are the perfect tunes to accompany your lazy day in the garden. Make the most of lockdown and bask in some sunshine, whilst we can, whilst we aren’t stuck behind a desk all day. Let your TTC worries disappear, even momentarily whilst you relax your body. Reminisce with these classics.
Get Home Happy
Whilst the only commute you might be doing right now is to the kitchen to get some food, you can still do it with a spring in your step. These are the ultimate bangers to uplift your mood and give you some cheer, to shake off worries that inevitably come with everyday life and the stresses of TTC.
YES! This isn’t called a happy hormone for no reason – 100% good vibes to see you through this uncertain time. This playlist has your back and will get you feeling optimistic again. As fertility clinics begin to reopen, we can start to feel happier and this music will help.
Feeling Acoustically Good
Acoustic tracks that make you mellow and feel good. If you have a guitar, pick it up. If not, just listen to these tunes to relax and destress. These songs will take you back and singing along will help you lose all your cares, even momentarily.
The Lovely Little Playlist
Quite simply, this is totally lovely.
Forget about the trying to conceive stresses and enjoy something uplifting and care-free today.
Open up the curtains and let the sun stream in to brighten up your morning – set the day right. This playlist will help you wake up feeling soulful and content. Relish that in this time we don’t need to commute to work, packed like sardines on a train. Grab a cuppa, relax and unwind.
Maybe You’re a Podcast Fan?
Here are this week’s top finds to see you through until fertility clinics start treatment again. This is where you can find optimisim, laughter and distractions from trying to conceive anxiety. These podcasts cover a range of lifestyle topics and interviews to empower you.
Happy Place – Ferne Cotton
This series complements her Top 10 bestseller HAPPY where she shares tips from her own experience and from experts on how to work through low feelings to discover joy every single day, which, let’s face it, we need more than ever right now.
With the added stress and burden of trying to conceive resting heavily in your heart, you’re probably feeling pretty blue and maybe quite lost in your life at the moment. You may also be needing some distance from the person you’re trying to have a baby with. Here you can put on your noise cancelling headphones and leave reality behind for a bit.
Fearne chats with inspiring individuals who have either changed their own lives around or help people every day to find a different slant on life.
Find your happy place.
Bryony Gordon’s Mad World
Candid conversations about mental health during these unprecedented times – from well-known names to NHS frontline staff. Even when you’re isolating, with modern communication technology, you don’t need to feel alone.
Honestly, With Clemmie Telford
With topics like race, sex, salaries or gender (just think of an uncomfortable subject!) influencer Clemmie Telford (who curated the celebrated ‘Mother Of All Lists’ blog) tackles – through her first podcast – issues that we as a society tend to shrink from discussing. In fact, the trickier and more taboo the topic, the more Clemmie wants to chat frankly about it.
Working From Home
In answer to the anxiety and isolation of the Covid-19 lockdown, Stylist has launched a weekly podcast series to support every woman who needs an emotional or practical crutch, in addition to some office banter which may be missing from their lives at the moment.
The Guilty Feminist
‘I’m a feminist but… one time I went on a women’s rights march, and I popped into a department store to use the loo, and I got distracted trying out face cream. And when I came out the march was gone’.
Quoted from award-winning podcast The Guilty Feminist -a live show with host Deborah Frances-White. They call themselves ‘a supportive forum discussing the big topics all 21st century feminists agree on, whilst confessing our “buts” – the insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that undermine our lofty principles.’
Grounded with Louis Theroux
For all you Louis Theroux fans, a new BBC podcast series to rival his ‘Weird Weekends’.
Whilst we’re all still stuck at home, Louis has some high-profile folk he’s been longing to talk – to from various walks of life and on both sides of the ‘pond’. He is spending lockdown unearthing them!
One to check out now.