The 11 Best Taste of Taylor Podcast Episodes 

Introducing Taylor Strecker – former host of SiriusXM’s Wake Up With Taylor!, current podcast host of Taste of Taylor, hilarious late-in-life lesbian, and total bad-ass. Taste of Taylor is allllll about current events, learning cool things, talking shit, and getting real about the world we live in today. It is one of the best reality TV podcasts around and features different celebrities, influencers, and thought-leaders each week. Taylor never holds back and she always manages to choose the most interesting and intriguing guests. Taste of Taylor covers a variety of subjects each and every episode. So let’s take a look at the 11 best Taste of Taylor podcast episodes below!

Who Is Taylor Strecker?

Taylor Strecker, known for her raspy voice and exuberant laugh, is a seasoned radio vet who has been entertaining listeners for nearly two decades.

Taylor grew up just outside of Boston, in gorgeous Cohasset, Massachusetts. She attended Ithaca College’s Park School of Communications. And just a short time after graduation, was discovered in a New York City bar by SiriusXM. In March 2006, she launched Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Sirius Satellite Radio’sCosmo Radio’ channel, an unprecedented radio station marketed as being “for women, by women.”

After eleven years of entertaining millions of listeners first thing in the morning, Taylor created an indendent radio show, aptly titled ‘The Taylor Strecker Show.’ Her loyal fans followed her as she ventured into podcasting and joined the Dear Media team as the host of ‘Taste of Taylor.’ She’s collaborated on friends’ podcasts including ‘The Toast,’ and toured with ‘Straight Up With Stassi Live.’ The tour was hugely successful. And Taylor continued her venture with Stassi through ‘The Bougie Bus Tour’ and ‘Mommy Dearest Tour.’

She also hosted ‘Getting Younger’ on TV Land, Bustle’s ‘Taylor Tries,’ and the ‘Betches Brides’ podcast.

The 11 Best Taste of Taylor Podcast Episodes

Straight Up with Social Distancing with Stassi Schroeder

In this top ranking episode of Taste of Taylor, Taylor sits down with her best friend, Stassi Schroeder. The ladies dive into all things quarantine, which celebrities are winning lockdown, and that Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift feud that never seems to end.

The Girl With No Job Show!

Meet Claudia Oshry, podcast host of The Morning Toast, famous Instagram personality, and influencer. You may remember when Claudia was in deep sh*t for some not-so-nice tweets a couple years ago…and that’s what this episode is all about. Sit down with Taylor and Claudia to get the scoop on allll the drama in Claudia’s first interview since the scandal.

Reality Bites with Hannah Berner

This week, Taylor sits down with the one-and-only Hannah Berner. Hannah is one of many stars on the hit reality TV show, Summer House. The girls talk reality TV, and filming. And what it’s like to watch your best and not-so-best moments air on TV.

Secrets and Sh*t Talking with Girls Gotta Eat

In this episode, Taylor sits down with Rayna Greenberg and Ashley Hesseltine, podcast hosts of one of the best female comedy podcasts around – Girls Gotta Eat. The trio spill dirty secrets, and talk about allll the drunk nights they can remember. And dish about the challenges associated with balancing work and friendship.

Naked on the Bathroom Floor with Beau Clark

In this fun episode of Taste of Taylor, Taylor interviewed Vanderpump Rules star (now known as Stassi’s better half), Beau Clark. Taylor and Beau covered A LOT of ground as they talked about Beau’s upcoming wedding, strip clubs, bachelor parties gone wrong, musical theater, and BravoCon.

F**k the Ten Year Challenge with Hannah Berner

It’s always a good time when Taylor and Hannah Berner get together. So get ready for another gossip-filled episode. This time, the ladies talk about self-love, Summer House, Vanderpump Rules, stupid new years resolutions, the 10-year challenge, and more!

Stassi and Taylor Pt.2

Taylor and Stassi are total BFF’s! And that’s why anytime these ladies get together, there is bound to be trouble! In this episode, Taylor and Stassi sit down to talk allll things friendship and catch up on allll our favorite reality TV drama. When it comes to sharing juicy tidbits and shocking BTS deets, no one does it better than Taylor and Stassi!!

You Drink WHAAAT?!? With Claudia Oshry

In another must-listen episode with Claudia Oshry, Taylor and Claudia talk about how to stay positive during quarantine. And share tips on how to improve your mental state from home. The ladies also gossip about Ellen Degeneres and Arielle Charnas, share their fav drinks of choice, and dish about their significant others.

Freeing the Nipple with Hannah Berner

In case you haven’t noticed, Taylor and Hannah Berner love getting together to gossip. They love to spill the tea, talk reality TV, and just catch up with each other. In this episode, you’ll hear allllllll the tea about the latest season of Summer House, how Hannah and Luke’s relationship is going, and what that on-screen fight with Paige was really about.

My Mommy Still Dresses Me with Paige Desorbo

In this juicy episode, Taylor sits down with Paige Desorbo. Paige is also one of the stars of Summer House and is here to tell her side of the story. The duo talk about Paige’s relationship status, new trends, and Paige’s most and least favorite cast members.

Baby Wants a Birkin with Shannon Ford

In the final episode of our Taste of Taylor roundup, Taylor sits down with Shannon Ford, host of Probably A Podcast, to chat about *gasp* Taylor quitting Zara!? Shannon gives all of us a crash course on going to a Morgan Wallen concert, which all on its own makes this episode a must-listen.

What is your favorite Taste of Taylor episode?

With over 175 episodes to choose from, the Taste of Taylor podcast has a ton of content to check out! Taylor Strecker is an amazing podcast host with years of experience and she always manages to choose interesting and intriguing guests for her podcast. Each episode ranges in length from 40-65 minutes and trust us when we say, there is never a boring minute with Taylor! Feel free to listen to Taste of Taylor at Dear Media, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts. And be sure to check out the Dear Media Blog where we release awesome podcast roundups (like this one!), essential podcasting tips, and more!

Best Podcasts For Breakups

There’s no sugarcoating it – breakups are messy, heartbreaking, and just absolutely horrible to deal with. They leave us feeling lonely, lost, and wallowing in our own puddle of anxiety, and even depression. We are left asking ourselves: Why didn’t it work out? What did I do wrong? How do I move on? Blah blah blah. Well, no more!

It might sound corny, but it is high time for you to take control of your breakup and start looking forward. If you’re not already listening to podcasts, you might be surprised to learn they can be an awesome resource for helpful relationship advice, self-love, and moving on. Plus, there are so many to choose from nowadays. So…we’ve put together a list of the best podcasts for breakups and made sure to include some variety for you too! It doesn’t stop at breakups either – check out the podcasts below to hear about everything from self-improvement to how to improve your sex life!

The Best Podcasts For Breakups

5 Ways to Process Your Feelings: Dear Gabby

When you’re going through a breakup, there are a lot of feelings swirling around in the old noggin. So take a breath, and focus on processing. Now is the time to mourn the relationship and move through your feelings in a healthy way. In this episode of Dear Gabby, award-winning author and host Gabby Bernstein talks about how to process your emotions, how to gain perspective and view any challenge or life circumstance as an opportunity, and how to show up for yourself with love and compassion. We love this episode for breakups because there could be a lot of sad feelings you’re experiencing right now. Rather than wallowing, it’s time to pick yourself up and focus on love, gratitude, and growth.

Good Morning, Monster

This podcast is the ultimate companion for navigating the emotional rollercoaster of a breakup. Join author and therapist, Catherine Gildiner, as she shares heartwarming stories, practical advice, and expert interviews that help you heal, grow, and rediscover your worth in the aftermath of a breakup. Get ready to conquer your fears, embrace your vulnerabilities, and transform into the strong, badass woman you were always meant to be.

No Shame, No Blame: Divorced Not Dead

If you’re going through a breakup, especially if it’s a divorce or a more long-term breakup, Divorced Not Dead with Caroline Stanbury is the podcast you’ll want to subscribe to ASAP. Caroline is a divorcee sharing her and others’ experiences with divorce and breakup stories. In this episode in particular, Caroline is taking us down the path of righteousness in breakups. She’s reminding us all, that blame and shame serve no one when you’re going through a breakup. So if you’ve been through a bad breakup, you’re feeling negative, angry, or in any way filled with blame or shame, this episode is for you.

Ask a Therapist: Relationships (Codependency, Dating Anxiety, Boundaries & More): Because Life

Relationships, especially breakups, can be tough. However, they are also one of the most fertile grounds for personal growth. Learning how you are in a relationship can be an incredible insight into yourself and areas you may want to grow as a person. There’s no better way to look back at a relationship than through the eyes of a professional. Plus, when you’re newly out of a relationship it’s completely normal to want to look back and process what the heck just happened. This is exactly why we’re recommending this episode of Because Life with Sydel Curry Lee. She talks with a therapist about everything A-Z relationships. Learn about setting healthy boundaries, codependency, taking breaks, & so much more!

Being Happy Being Single, Routines to Get Out of a Slump and Feel Your Best, Dating Anxiety and How to ACTUALLY Practice Self Compassion: I Love You So Much With Kenzie Elizabeth

Your life after a breakup is not over. In fact, there are so many exciting times ahead. However, you will need some practical tools in times of discomfort. Especially if you’re newly single. In this episode of ILYSM, Kenzie discusses how to be happy single, routines for feeling your best, and how to deal with dating anxiety. This is the perfect episode to keep you on track and happy during your single days.

The Single Girl’s Guide To Mastering Self-Love & Breaking Toxic Relationship Patterns with Lifestyle Guru Sierra Nielsen: Real Pod

If you’re reading this post and recently riding solo, this episode is for you! This episode is the ultimate single girl’s guide for building and maintaining self-love and recognizing toxic patterns in relationships. In this episode, Viktoria talks with Sierra Nielson, a lifestyle guru and life coach. You’ll learn everything a single gal needs to know about how to break free from toxic relationship patterns, how to get in a loving relationship with yourself, focus on yourself first, discover our deal breakers,& so much more.

The Other Side of The Coin: Divorced Not Dead

We’ve all heard the saying, put yourself in someone else’s shoes, right? Well, this episode of Divorced Not Dead does exactly that. Caroline Stanbury traditionally talks with women experiencing breakups, divorce, or are unfortunately widowed. She shares real stories of breakup, separation, and divorce. However, in this episode, she’s hearing a male perspective from Divorcé Omar Borkan. In this episode they discuss lessons learned from marrying young, moving on and dating post-divorce, & so much more.

To Be Honest: Absolutely Not with Heather McMahan

If you’re looking for a laugh, but also willing to take a ride on the more wild side of breakups, this episode is for you. In this episode, Heather takes the absolutely shameless route of providing post-breakup advice. Specifically, she’s talking about how to get back at your ex-fiancé. Yep, Heather is the host that is totally willing to go there and we’re here for it.

Let’s Be Honest w/ Kristi Cavalleri

Reality TV star and entrepreneur Kristin Cavallari opens up about her own personal journey through heartbreak and offers an empowering space for listeners to do the same. Each episode dives into the raw and honest conversations we all need post-breakup, covering topics like self-care, self-discovery, and finding happiness beyond a failed relationship. Get ready to laugh, cry, and feel inspired as Kristin reminds you that you are more than just someone’s ex.

Dating Apps – A Love-Hate-Love Relationship: 6 and 9

This one is for the newly single lady who is ready to get back on the horse, literally. When you’re feeling up for it, it’s time to get back out there. If you haven’t been in the dating scene for a while, it’s time to get out of your comfort zone and get with the times. And the times, my friends, are all about dating apps. Sure, we all wish we could meet Prince or Princess Charming through a friend, at the gym, or be confidentially approached and pursued. However, in 2021, dating apps are more realistic. This podcast features all the nitty gritty details on dating apps. Expect the good, bad, ugly, and of course hilarious.

How To Be Happy Single When All Your Friends Are Married ft. Tinx: We Met At Acme

We know it can be tough being single when all of your friends are in relationships. Well, we have a strategy for that. Well, Lindsey Metselaar has a strategy for that. If you’re single and it feels like you’re surrounded by married or serious couples, this one’s for you. On the episode, they discuss how to not feel down when you’re single amongst a sea of wifed-up homies, dating rules, & so much more.

Ex Virgin

This podcast is THE podcast that candidly explores love, sex, and relationships after a breakup, hosted by journalist and self-proclaimed “relationship rookie,” Izzy Clarke. With a refreshing mix of personal anecdotes and expert interviews, Izzy delves into the highs and lows of post-breakup dating, healing from heartache, and reclaiming your sexuality. Whether you’re a seasoned dater or a self-proclaimed ex-virgin like Izzy, this podcast is your ultimate guide to rediscovering your independence and embracing your singlehood with confidence.

When to Get Back With Your Ex! with Special Guest Laura Anderson: Divorced Not Dead

And to close out our recommended breakup episodes, we’re sharing another goodie from Caroline Stanbury. We just had to include it. Let’s face it, sometimes your breakup might not be the right choice for you. This is a judgment-free zone, and we want to be completely transparent and give you all the best info. After all, the goal is for YOU to make the best choices for YOU. Sometimes you need to forget about what the outside world is saying and just do what feels right. If you’re thinking about getting back with your ex, give this episode a listen before making your final choice.

What podcasts do you listen to when you’re going through a breakup?

Listening to podcasts is personal and something you do for you! So, no more waiting around! We’ve got your bases covered with our list above, but remember that this is just the start. The most important part is what you gain from each podcast and how you choose to grow! If you have any favorite breakup podcasts that can help heal your heartbreak, please share! You can leave your recommendations in the comments below. Finally, if you’re suffering from a breakup, make sure to check out this post on how to forgive someone who hurt you. It will take time, but hopefully, you can move forward with no anger, regrets, or resentment.

How To Improve Your Mental Health At Work

Did you know that many of us will spend most of our lives at work? Work is one of the major aspects of our lives, which is why it is so important to make sure we are always mentally healthy when in the workplace. When work is a fulfilling experience, it can significantly improve your mental health. Plus, an employee’s mental well-being can affect their work performance, productivity, communication, and their ability to maintain a safe workplace.

Stress and pressure at work can lead to a significant decrease in mental health both at work and at home. As with any job, it is inevitable to experience some stress. But, unchecked chronic stress at work can lead to serious long-term mental health problems like depression, anxiety, feelings of isolation, and more. Not to mention physical health issues, like Madeline, a patient of Catherine Gildiner (host of the Good Morning, Monster podcast) So, let’s go over some ways you can keep your mental health in tip-top shape in the workplace. 

How To Improve Your Mental Health At Work

Begin your day with meditation. 

Research shows that regular practice of meditation can positively impact your mental health at work in many ways. It improves memory, increases productivity and focus, and boosts your energy levels throughout the day; all of which contribute to a stress-free workday! 

Start each day with a positive mindset. 

Beginning each day in a positive mindset is easier said than done. But, it can have many benefits on your workday. It can reduce stress brought on by negative thoughts and help you maintain a more positive mindset throughout the rest of your day. Start your day off with a positive mindset by meditating, practicing gratitude, or doing something you enjoy. 

Set realistic goals.

As with anything in life, in order to achieve success, you must set realistic goals. So, as you plan out your workday or even your work week, set small, easily achievable goals and work to achieve them at your own pace. For more tips on goal setting, check out our article about how to set clear goals in life. 

Maintain a good work/life balance.

We often feel the most stressed at work when we forget to take some time for ourselves outside of the office. To maintain good mental health awareness at work, it’s important to learn how to properly balance your work and life schedules. If this is something you struggle with, be sure to check out these 30 time management tips for work/life balance.

Make wellness a priority.

The first step to overcoming any mental health issue is to make your mental health a priority. This means realizing the issue and taking productive steps towards recovery. Not sure where to start? Check out these 7 ways to show up for yourself

Make daily connections.

Research shows that there is a significant connection between making daily connections and increased mental health. Benefits of regular human interaction at work can include reduced blood sugar spikes, decreased depressive symptoms, and even decreased cardiovascular issues. Alternatively, little or no social interaction at work can lead to feelings of anxiety, social isolation, and a decrease in overall mental health. 

Get plenty of sleep.

Research shows that an irregular sleep cycle is directly associated with increased mental distress. To improve your mental health at work, be sure to get to bed by a reasonable time and get at least 7 hours of sleep each night.

Eat a healthy diet.

In a study on the connection between diet and stress, results showed that diet has a direct effect on mood, productivity, and focus throughout the day. So, not only can eating a healthy diet made up of essential vitamins and nutrients improve your physical health, it can improve your mental health, too! 

Exercise often.

Exercising for mental health can have many benefits on your overall life, including at work. Exercising reduces anxiety, stress, and depression. And, it can improve cognitive functioning, productivity, and mood throughout the day. Incorporating just a few workouts into your schedule each week can make a huge difference in your overall mental health. 

Tidy up your workspace.

Research shows that those working in a cluttered or messy work environment tend to experience more stress throughout the day. But, those who work in a clean and tidy environment tend to be more productive and make fewer mistakes. 

Make time for friends and family. 

When battling mental illness or low mental health at work, it’s important to reach out to your friends and family for support. Surrounding yourself with positive people is a great way to improve mental health as well as ensure that you have a good support system in times of need. Not sure which friends to reach out to? Read this article to help you decide which of your friends are true ride-or-die BFFs

Take breaks often.

To avoid getting overwhelmed and overly stressed at work, be sure to take small breaks often. Small breaks are a great way to clear your mind and avoid getting burnt out too quickly. As you take your breaks throughout the day, try to incorporate some nature. Research shows that contact with nature throughout the workday can reduce stress and anxiety and increase efficiency and focus. 

Practice gratitude.

According to this research, practicing gratitude is directly linked to an improved outlook on life. And thus, reduced stress, anxiety, and depression. To practice gratitude, you can keep a gratitude journal, give thanks through meditation, write thank you notes, give a gift to a friend, and more! 

Use healthy lighting. 

Working in a poorly lit environment can have significant negative effects on your mental health. From increased likelihood of developing seasonal depression to eye strain, headaches, and fatigue, artificial office lighting could be contributing to increased stress at work. Try to always work in a well-lit environment with as much natural light as possible. 

Take social media breaks.

Spending long amounts of time on social media has been linked to increased stress and anxiety throughout the workday. To avoid this extra stress, try taking frequent social media breaks. Depending on your needs, these breaks can be for just a couple of hours up to whole days or weeks.

Be open-minded.

Being open-minded to spontaneous plans and new ideas throughout your workday can improve your mental health in many ways. Not only can it increase your chances of making new friends and participating in fun activities, but it can also present the opportunity for learning how to complete tasks more efficiently. All of these things contribute to a happier and healthier overall outlook when at work. 

Find a creative outlet. 

To reduce stress at work, try to find a fun and creative outlet outside of work. This could be your favorite hobby, painting, creative writing, gardening, and so on. Not sure how to apply your talents? Try one of these hobbies that can help you earn some extra cash on the side. 

Do something nice for a coworker. 

Creating a positive work environment is one of the best ways to improve mental health in the workplace. A great way to improve your work environment is to create a positive atmosphere by doing something nice for a coworker. You can offer to complete a task, purchase lunch, or purchase them a small office decoration. 

Switch your phone to ‘do not disturb’.

Like taking a social media break, taking a break from your phone in general can also have many positive effects on your overall mindset. In a study published on the consequences of digital technology use, results showed that reduced cell phone use reduced feelings of isolation, improved symptoms of attention-deficit disorder, and promoted a healthier sleep cycle. 

Laugh often.

We know it sounds cheesy, but laughter really is the best medicine. Especially when it comes to staying mentally healthy. On those low mental health days, don’t be afraid to laugh and joke with coworkers, look at funny memes on social media, or watch some hilarious reels to perk yourself up.

Improving mental health at work is one of the best ways to improve mental health overall. 

When we’re happy at work, we’re so much happier at home. If you’re experiencing chronically high-stress levels at work, try to implement some of these easy changes to your lifestyle – we know you won’t regret it! Not only will these changes improve your mental health condition, but they will also make the workday pass quicker and leave you feeling excited and motivated about work, instead of tired and burnt out. And if all else fails, don’t be afraid to take a mental health day – you deserve it! If you have any additional questions or comments, feel free to drop them below! And for more awesome blogs like this one, be sure to head on over to the Dear Media Blog.

Confidence Boosting Podcasts

It’s not easy to keep ourselves motivated and confident at all times. There seems to always be something that pops up and seeds doubt. As much as we’d all like to pretend we’re 100% sure of ourselves, let’s be real. The negative self-talk, feelings of inadequacy, and imposter syndrome find their way in. Our genetics even play a factor in how confident we feel. Yep, research suggests that confidence is a genetic trait and a pretty scarce one as well. Genetics can impact our confidence as much as a striking 25% to 50%. That’s a huge impact on how we view ourselves, our tenacity, and our self-confidence! Especially since boosting your confidence can help you be happier and more successful. It’s been shown in studies that positive self-esteem has many benefits for your health and how you function in life!

Since confidence doesn’t seem to grow on trees, we gotta do what we gotta do to find it where we can. Whether it be a workout, a friend that builds you up, or good feedback at work. Give us all the confidence boosters, please! Podcasts are actually one of our favorite ways to grow your confidence for two reasons.

Why Tune In To Confidence Boosting Podcasts?

First, it’s honestly so important to hear a relatable story so we can stop being so hard on ourselves. Personal stories give us insight into how often the people who made it had many failures and life lessons along the way. It takes the smoke and mirrors out of whatever working towards and reminds us that we’re all just doing our best.

Second, there is no better way to boost your confidence than to continuously educate yourself, feel inspired, and get motivated. Podcasts are a great place to learn anything and everything. Whether it be tips for whatever we’re working towards or actual tips for gaining more confidence and better self-esteem. Many podcast hosts aim to support and cheer on their audience through their content. And we’re here for it.

So today’s post is all about the podcasts that can make you feel good about yourself and your efforts. Keep reading for the most epic list of podcasts for building confidence.

The Best Podcasts For Boosting Confidence:

Dear Gabby with Gabby Bernstein:

Join #1 New York Times bestselling author and motivational speaker Gabby Bernstein for a show that’s dedicated to helping you improve your life. The Dear Gabby podcast covers self-love, life coaching, the law of attraction, how to find your purpose, and, of course, how to improve your self-esteem. Gabby is the best at making you feel ready to take control of your entire existence and pivot your life for the better. Each episode lasts around 45 minutes to an hour, but they fly by. Here’s one of the most inspiring episodes on how to boost confidence with a spiritual practice!

With Wit with Whitney Port:

You probably recognize Whitney Port from the popular reality TV show The Hills. Whitney is now not only one of the absolute best reality TV podcasters in the game, but she’s also a mother, entrepreneur, and major confidence booster. She interviews a wide range of guests to offer insight into all things related to motherhood, working, life hacks, and more. She’ll also post the occasional solo episode which is super fun! Two of our favorite confidence-boosting episodes are this episode on body positivity and this episode on not being afraid to be yourself.

Share of Voice with Karin Eldor:

Share of Voice is the podcast to listen to if you’re rounding up the courage to speak up and share your personal story with the world. Or with just a friend, or licensed professional, or simply to come to terms with it. Karin Eldor is your host, a journalist passionate about helping others find their unique voice and use it to express themselves. You can expect weekly new episodes with guests who talk about all things making noise, starting a ripple effect, challenging the status quo, and feeling heard. Truly heard, as you deserve! Embrace yourself, learn to let go of all the limiting beliefs, and shift your mindset in the process. Tune in to Share of Voice to feel instantly motivated!

Him and Her with Lauryn Evarts and Michael Bosstick:

If there is one thing we need in order to boost confidence, it’s raw, real, and in-depth conversations about everything that makes us tick as human beings. Lucky for us, Lauryn and Michael are not afraid to go there. On TSC Him & Her, they’re always ready to dive into the stickier topics and discuss mental health, emotional intelligence, career/business, personal development, relationships, financial life hacks, and more. Seriously, is there anything these two aren’t bold enough to discuss? Each episode lasts about an hour or so and will leave you feeling excited to take action in your life. Just like this one with guest Nicole Walters. Tune in for an inspiring talk about how to create the career and life you want!

Real Pod with Victoria Garrick:

Victoria is the striking image of a dedicated, transparent, and genuinely caring woman. From a young age, she’s been a mental health and body image advocate, TED Talk motivational speaker, and someone not afraid to get real. That’s how Real Pod was born! Victoria created it out of her desire to have the realest conversations available in any audio experience and the podcast covers every topic needed to do so. Each week, she sits down with inspiring guests to talk about anything ranging from intuitive eating and bad body image days to performance anxiety and systematic loneliness. It’s no BS, let’s empower each other kind of content. So tune in to this confidence-boosting show to get some truly uplifting and confidence-boosting tips!

The Dream Bigger Podcast with Siffat Haider:

We can all agree that dreaming big can be daunting. It takes a lot to dare to chase your wildest goals in the truest, most unapologetic way. Lucky for you, The Dream Bigger podcast is here to inspire you to do just that! Join host Siffat Haider and founder of the wellness brand Arrae for a weekly episode that will motivate you to be your best self. A new guest joins Siffar each week and shares bits of wisdom that can come from any industry and walks of life. Her guests will boost your confidence no matter what! Kick off your dream bigger audio experience with a deep dive into building a startup and balancing work plus a relationship.

Bold and Brilliant with Tara Mackey:

The Bold and Brilliant podcast covers the stories and advice from leaders from all over the world as they share their strategies to overcome any obstacles in life. Hosted by bestselling author and founder of Genetix Organic, Tara Mackey, this show is insightful and doesn’t shy away from making a statement with each episode. Every week Tara gets raw and vulnerable with her guests. She invites her audience to reflect on the bigger parts of life and ask themselves challenging questions. If you’re currently in a confidence crisis about finding your purpose in life, listen to this episode on how to discover your purpose with Sahara Rose.

Looking Up with Deepika Chopra:

Confidence and optimism are often intertwined. So who’s better fitted to boost your confidence than the real-life Optimism Doctor herself? Looking Up is a podcast hosted by Deepika Chopra, who studied the science of happiness. So it’s only natural that her show is a great tool for boosting your confidence and elevating your self-esteem. During each hour-long episode, you’ll discover a blend of holistic practices and science-based tips to improve your life and build resilience. Deepika is also joined by a new guest every week. They’ll share their strategies and practical tools for increasing your joy and self-confidence. This audio experience has all the optimistic goodness without any toxic productivity or positivity.

Pretty Smart with Danielle Robay:

As your host Danielle Robay describes it, Pretty Smart is a love letter to women with something to say. This podcast covers all the topics that make you feel motivated to be bold, unapologetic, and assertive in life. During each episode, Danielle joins a new guest who can be an entrepreneur, bestselling author, politician, celebrity, or thought leader. She digs into their personal story and challenges the status quo. It raises the question of what truly works (and doesn’t work) for us to become our better selves. For building confidence, we love this episode on how to build both your self-worth and net worth. Tune in to this show to feel seen, supported, and pretty smart.

Friend of a Friend with Olivia Perez:

We all could use a confidence boost from the next generation of luminaries. And that’s exactly what you get by listening to Friend of a Friend! This podcast hosted by entrepreneur Olivia Perez covers everything related to overcoming obstacles and succeeding in life. Each week, you’ll hear from some of the most game-changing minds across different industries and walks of life. Expect to get amazing advice from brand builders writers, activists, artists, influencers, and thought leaders who had to climb their way to the top. Kick off your listening experience with this thought-provoking episode all about coaching confidence with Serena Kerrigan!

What are your favorite confidence-boosting podcasts for personal development?

We hope these shows work their magic and end up boosting your confidence! All of these podcasts bring something unique to the podcasting world and give strategic advice and mindset tips to elevate your self-esteem. Give them a listen and tell us which audio experience was your favorite!

25 Money Saving Hacks

Doesn’t it just seem like everything just keeps getting more and more expensive these days? No matter how hard we work, it feels like our money is always slipping through our fingers faster than we can earn it. Inflation really feels out of control sometimes, right?! 

The truth is, as frustrating as it is, there isn’t much we can do personally to change those big economic trends. But you know what we CAN control? How far our dollars stretch each month. Learning to save smart with proper spending habits is the best way to protect your financial goals as costs keep rising! 

That’s why today, we’re sharing a round-up of tried-and-true money-saving hacks. Think of it as your very own financial toolkit. These tactics have seriously helped SO MANY people make every dollar count–no matter what’s happening in the economy. It doesn’t matter if you’re shopping for groceries, planning nights out with friends, or just treating yourself. These money-saving tips will have you saving without even thinking about it!

By the end, you’ll be feeling like a total money pro with the power to stretch your cash further. So, are you ready to take control and maximize your purchasing power? 

If so, read on! 

Best Money Saving Hacks

Money Saving Travel Hacks

Money-Saving Travel Hacks

Be flexible with your travel dates. 

Be open to adjusting your travel dates by a few days or even weeks. This flexibility can make a HUGE difference in airfare and accommodation costs. 

By being flexible (and we’re not just talking about in your yoga class) you can save some serious cash, allowing you to allocate that extra money towards more exciting experiences during your trip. Just like that, there’s more opportunity to explore local cuisine, pamper yourself, or snag that perfect souvenir. Uhm…yes, please!

Embrace the sharing economy. 

Dive into the sharing economy by considering homestays, vacation rentals, or house-swapping. Sites like Airbnb and VRBO offer authentic accommodations at uber affordable rates. Honestly, these alternatives often offer a more immersive experience at a fraction of the cost of traditional hotels anyway!

You can expect to save a great deal on accommodation costs with the sharing economy.  This just might also allow you to stay longer or visit more destinations within your budget. It’s a real win-win!

Travel light. 

If you’re like us, you HATE a bag fee–UGH! Instead of paying extra for bags, pack efficiently and aim to travel with just a carry-on bag. Layer your versatile pieces the right way. Roll instead of fold, and pack ziplock bags of toiletries. This not only minimizes baggage fees, but it also ensures you’re not over-packing and lugging around extra annoying weight. 

You can easily save per flight on baggage fees and even better, avoid the hassle of waiting at the dreaded baggage claim. With a lighter load, you’ll move more freely, explore with ease, and keep more precious, precious money in your pocket.

Make the most of travel rewards credit cards. 

Love getting rewarded for spending? US TOO! Choose a travel rewards credit card that aligns with your travel goals. These cards often offer sign-up bonuses, rewards points, and travel insurance. 

With careful use (emphasis on careful, babes), they can help you save hundreds on flights, hotel stays, and even car rentals. Unlock incredible benefits like complimentary lounge access and priority boarding, elevating your travel experience. Sign us up!

Eat like a local. 

We know you want to try out those touristy restaurants and enjoy the glamor, but why not seek out local eateries and food markets? You can simply ask the hotel staff or locals where they dine, and trust us when we say, it’s going to be a lot cheaper. 

This not only introduces you to authentic cuisine but also saves you money. After all, discovering hidden culinary gems is a cultural experience in itself, offering a taste of the destination’s heart and soul.

Money-Saving Beauty Hacks

Give yourself DIY spa days. 

Believe it or not, you CAN transform your home into a spa haven with affordable skincare products, essential oils, and relaxing music. Oh, and the HOT MESS ICE ROLLER. Learn to always set aside some dedicated self-care time to complete your expert skincare routine, and you might just save big. 

Because you CAN enjoy spa-like experiences without spending hundreds at a spa. Moisturize with face masks made with avocado, honey, and yogurt. Dim the lights and meditate to fully unwind. Try waxing at home. The options to save with DIY beauty are ENDLESS. 

Simplify your beauty routine. 

Multi-use products are where it’s at. Look for items that can serve as a blush and lip color, or a highlighter and eyeshadow. This way you need to buy fewer products! If beauty is totally out of your comfort zone or changing your routine FREAKS you out, listen to this episode of Lipstick on the Rim about keeping it simple at the vanity!

For simple skincare hacks, beauty tips, and secrets, listen to Lipstick on the Rim with Molly Sims.  

Leverage on online coupons. 

Before any beauty shopping spree, hunt for online coupon codes or check store promotions and loyalty programs. You can save a lot by sticking loyal to a brand. But, you can also download Honey which automatically searches for coupons and applies them at checkout. It’s totally addicting and helps you save sooo much! 

Bookmark websites like RetailMeNot and look for coupon codes before each supply shop. Drugstore loyalty programs like CVS ExtraBucks offer rewards every time you shop too. Consistently save more on your favorite beauty brands with online coupons. You get to also keep your makeup collection refreshed without emptying your wallet.

Make the most of DIY remedies. 

If you love a facemask but hate both the expense and environmental impacts of grabbing those single-use plastic packages over and over again, remember you can make them at home! You can always create homemade face masks using kitchen ingredients like honey, yogurt, and oatmeal. Charcoal masks with aloe vera are good for deep cleaning pores. Oat flour and honey is great for hydration. The point is, do the mask thing yourself next time.  

Swap store brands for name brands. 

Compare the ingredients and quality of store-brand beauty products to name brands. Lots of times, they’re totally the same ingredients and you’re literally just paying for a name brand. So, swap the items if you can.

Money Saving Food Hacks

Money-Saving Food Hacks

Master the art of batch cooking.

On the weekends, you can plan simple recipes like soups, stews, casseroles, and freezable sides to avoid blowing money eating out or buying too many ingredients. Simply dedicate a few hours to prepping ingredients and doing all the cooking at once. Portion meals into individual containers for the freezer. On busy nights, you can just reheat a ready-made meal. It’ll help you eat healthier, too!  

Embrace thrifty meal planning. 

Try to dedicate time to browsing your favorite budget-friendly recipe sites like Budget Bytes, Half Baked Harvest, or Skinnytaste for inspiration. Make a meal plan for the week and shop just once with a list. Stick to your plan and cut off a good percentage off your monthly grocery bill. WHOA! Serious savings. 

Power up with leftovers. 

Don’t toss extras away. You can always repurpose them into new dishes while rocking The Breadwinning Housewife Apron! 😉 For example, you can take last night’s chicken and rice, stir fry it with veggies, and BAM–you now have fried rice. You can even mix something as simple as mashed potato scraps into potato cakes. YUM!

With just a bit of mix-and-match creativity using odds and ends in the fridge, you can save a couple of dollars each and every week on meals. The same amount would have otherwise been tossed or have required a totally new trip to the store, so it’s truly a win-win. 

Join a food co-op or farmers’ market. 

Food co-ops welcome members to purchase organic goods together directly from farmers. Plus, local farmer’s markets put you in touch with growers. By becoming a member of a local food co-op, you get weekly discounts on local produce and can also take advantage of bulk bins to portion out grains, legumes, and dry goods yourself for major savings.

Between these two programs, you could get massive savings on high-quality local produce. You can consider signing up for a weekly Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box of seasonal fruits and veggies, too.

Magnify flavor with seasonings. 

Stock your spice cabinet with different herbs, spices, broth, and condiments to take your simple meals to new heights. A splash of soy sauce or harissa can transform a basic soup. Experiment to satisfy your taste buds WITHOUT pricey add-ins. 

Relying on flavor bombs rather than pre-made or out-of-season ingredients is a good way to save a couple of bucks here and there. Over time, cutting back on the excesses of convenience foods and sauces will see you having extra cash. 

Money-Saving Grocery Hacks

Craft a shopping list and stick to it. 

Creating a detailed list based on your meal plan is key. Take time to identify the ingredients needed for each recipe before heading to the grocery store. Then, only shop for items on your list to avoid overspending on impulse purchases. Pro tip: try to create meals that use the same ingredients! 

It is one thing to craft a shopping list, it’s another thing to have the discipline to stick with it. Sticking rigidly to your list can help you lower grocery costs by a significant amount each trip. For more on how to break bad money habits such as impulse buying, listen to this episode of ILYSM about budgeting money management.

The store brand advantage. 

Don’t shy away from store-brand products; compare ingredients and quality to name brands. Believe it or not babes, you’ll often find them just as good. Store brands offer significant savings without compromising quality. 

Take a few minutes to compare ingredient lists and nutrition facts with name brands. You’ll often find store labels to be just as tasty for 15-30% less money. Going for generics over name brands is a great way to save money on groceries. 

Leverage coupons and cashback apps. 

Digital coupons and cashback apps are invaluable resources for slashing grocery bills. The rave for these benefits are still on, so get in on the action to score discounts on your favorite items. 

Look up offers before shopping to avoid impulse buys and clip all applicable coupons. You can typically save $10-20 per trip with minimal effort. Staying on top of deals ensures your grocery budget goes EVEN FURTHER each month.

Watch for sales cycles and discounts. 

Pay close attention to stores’ sales cycles and stock up when prices are lowest. Then, take advantage of those discounts on non-perishable items and essentials. With good timing, you can save big on staples, often up to 40% off regular prices. HOLY COW!

Avoid running low on key items so markdowns don’t go to waste. Strategic shopping habits maximize your grocery budget and help you save a few dollars.

Buy in bulk where It counts. 

Bulk purchasing allows you to take advantage of great per-unit pricing. Items like paper goods, baking goods, and cooking staples fare well in bulk and are totally worth it when you use them every single day. Make the most of bulk sales or and take advantage when these items are offered at warehouse stores! 

Buying larger sizes can shave 30% or more off your annual grocery spending with just a small upfront investment. You get to have a well-stocked pantry AND some cash left to indulge in other things. 

Money Saving Hacks For Students

Money Saving Hacks for Students

Find textbook alternatives. 

Required textbooks can be such a drain on your finds while in school. This is why you should always explore other alternatives to buying brand-new textbooks. You can always check to see if you can rent, find used copies online, or even download free PDF versions.

With this tip, you get to save potentially hundreds of dollars per semester by avoiding the high cost of brand-new textbooks.

Leverage on the power of student discounts. 

Do not miss out on the loads of student deals that are out there. From clothing stores to restaurants, someone is trying to hook you up… if only you just ask. Student status can be your golden ticket to savings. So, always inquire about student discounts wherever you shop, dine, or travel!

You can enjoy discounts of up to 20% on various expenses, from clothing to transportation. This helps you create opportunities to save, indulge, and expand your college experience! 

Share expenses with your roommates. 

Sharing expenses with your roomies can be a total lifesaver. You get to split everything like rent, utilities, and groceries. Eventually, your share of the bills comes out so much cheaper than living alone. You can even have a meal plan together, taking turns cooking big batches for the week. It also saves you from the temptation to order expensive takeouts all the time! 

You could potentially save thousands of dollars over your college years by sharing expenses. It makes for a more affordable living situation and a better sense of financial security!

Master the art of budget meal planning. 

Meal prepping is a must if you’re looking to save money as a student. Plan out your meals in advance and create a shopping list. Stick to your budget by avoiding costly dining out.

Trim your monthly food expenses by up to $100 or more. Your take-home from this hack? Well, improved cooking skills, healthier eating habits, and more money to invest in your school experience. 

Complement with a side hustle. 

With tuition and books, you will likely need some extra income flow from here and there. So in your free time, you can explore part-time jobs, freelancing, remote work, or hobbies that make money. This creates opportunities for you to earn extra money while balancing your studies.

Interested in podcasting as a side hustle? Learn how to make money from podcasting. No matter what you choose–side gigs have the potential to boost your savings by a few hundred dollars every month, while still allowing you to focus on school.

You can also listen to this episode of Life With Me with Marianna Hewitt to learn how to diversify your income through a side hustle

Put these hacks to work and watch your savings pile up. 

Ready to start stretching your dollars further than ever before? You can be sure that putting even a few of these money-saving strategies into action will add a great deal to your personal finances. And there’s still much more. You can ditch your gym membership for outdoor workouts, try washing your clothes in cold water, carpool, and so on to work up different ways to help your wallet. 

The extra cash could mean knocking out those pesky credit card balances once and for all. Or, maybe even boosting your emergency fund so you’ll feel secure no matter what. You might even reach savings goals that once seemed impossible. Just think about all the things you could treat yourself to or experiences you could have when your money is working harder for you! 

Check out our list of best finance podcasts to learn from the best on how to go about making money, saving money, spending money, and so on. For more quality tips like the ones above, head to the Dear Media blog where we always have an answer to the questions you didn’t even know you were asking!

13 Signs He’s Cheating on You

No relationship is perfect. Not even Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky’s relationship. You’ll always hit rough patches and have seasons where you feel like you’re out of sync. If you’re in a healthy relationship, you and your S.O. will work together to get out of the rut and your relationship will be even stronger because of it!

However . . . if you have a gut feeling something is off and your partner is acting really strange, it could be a sign something bad is happening. Bad as in . . . cheating. When the red flags start to pop up, you might be wondering if you’re just paranoid and jealous or if something legit is going on. To help you get some perspective, we’re sharing some big warning signs that your boyfriend is cheating. 

Here are some red flags that might tell you he’s cheating on you:

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13 Signs He’s Cheating on You 

He’s not communicating in the same way. 

One of the first things to get weird when your boyfriend is cheating is communication. If you’re used to having cutesy play fights and deep late-night convos, and he’s suddenly barely answering the question “How was your day?” something is up! It could be stress or something like that, but if you have communication changes along with other signs on this list . . . girl, he might be getting his chit-chat somewhere else. 

He’s unreachable a lot of the day. 

Speaking of talking . . . if your boyfriend is suddenly unreachable throughout the day via text, call, and social media, that could be a HUGE red flag. He’s ignoring you! It’s like he’s avoiding you when he’s away because he wants to pretend you don’t exist. Yeah. Because he’s probably cheating. 

He’s super defensive and irritable. 

It’s rare that someone cheats and they don’t feel icky about it in some way. He’s probably full of guilt, stress, and anxiety because HE KNOWS what he’s doing is super wrong and it’ll all blow up at any moment. All of these emotions mean mood swings, irritability, and defensiveness that seem to come out of nowhere. He may even be picking fights with you as a way of justifying his actions. 

He accuses you of cheating. 

If he’s accusing you of cheating, this is a common sign HE is cheating. During this time, he’s going to be hyper-aware of all of your actions and specifically suspicious of you. He knows he’s cheating, so he thinks it’s totally possible you are, too. In fact, he’s probably hoping for it in some way, so he can pass all this on to you. So, if he starts throwing out really baseless accusations, he could definitely be cheating himself. 

He’s way more critical than before.

Something else cheaters often do is become super critical of their partner. If your boyfriend is cheating, he’s feeling lots of self-inflicted insecurity. He wants to feel better about himself AND his situation by putting you down at every opportunity. If you’re S.O. is suddenly doing this, that’s a huge red flag!!! (He might as well sport this red flag bucket hat. LBR.) 

He won’t look you in the eye.

Your boyfriend absolutely REFUSING to look you in the eye is another reason you might have a gut instinct they’re cheating. Again, they’re guilty and nervous, worried you’re going to uncover the secret. So, if he’s cheating, he wants to draw your attention as little as possible. 

His routine or schedule has changed. 

Is he suddenly spending a lot more time with friends and family? Or, maybe he’s spending more time at work or the gym? If your boyfriend’s schedule had changed a bunch recently without explanation making him way more unavailable for hangouts and dates, he might be cheating. 

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He stops caring about things going on in your life. 

If your boyfriend is essentially juggling a double life, you’re not going to be his focus. So, if he won’t pay attention to your life or needs at all, he could be reserving his thoughts for someone else. Is he forgetting about things going on in your life or refusing to engage in conversations about what’s important to you? There’s a small chance he’s cheating. 

He cares about his body, hygiene, and style more than ever.  

Another obvious sign your partner is having an affair is a sudden self-care obsession. If he has other behaviors that are giving sus vibes and he’s also all at once working on his psyche, dressing nice, showering more, and overall just caring more about his appearance—you’ve got a big red flag. Obviously, if he’s doing all this while also sneaking around and avoiding contact with you, you’re not the inspiration for his glow-up. 

He doesn’t want sex or intimacy from you anymore.

If your sex life takes a sudden turn, it could be another sign he’s cheating. Think about it, when another girl is satisfying his needs, what does he need you for? It’s so sad, but if he’s not showing an interest in being intimate with you, he could be cheating. 

I’ll note there are other reasons for intimacy issues (and other behaviors on this list)! If he’s not cheating, here’s how to restore intimacy in your relationship

He’s hiding his phone, bank info, location, and other things. 

Girllll, what’s he hiding??? Is he making sure his phone is ALWAYS on him? Is he dropping his paychecks in another account? Did he stop sharing his Snapchat location? Is he silent on social media? All of these are major red flags that he’s cheating and going to a lot of effort to keep it from you. 

He’s love-bombing you.

Some signature narcissist behavior is love bombing. Showering you with random gifts or acts of service may seem like an apology for all the sh*tty behavior he’s suddenly exhibiting, but it’s not. It’s manipulation. He’s trying to mask all of the unusual changes by love-bombing you. 

That way, if you accuse him of cheating he’ll be like, “Are you crazy? I just gave you that Louis Vuitton bag?” to make you feel guilty and irrational. LADIES, don’t be fooled. You’ve got a super toxic relationship on your hands. 

He doesn’t want to talk about the future.

If he’s cheating, he’s hoping for a future with someone else. So, if he’s refusing to talk about your relationship in a long-term way, he could have wandering eyes. If he’s not cheating, he’s at the very least questioning the relationship, and that’s worth a conversation. It might even be a  good idea to jump into couples therapy if he’s not cheating!  

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8 Podcast Episodes About Cheating 

These behaviors are big red flags and could be signs your boyfriend is cheating! 

If your boyfriend is showing a lot of these cheating warning signs, we’re sorry. It’s so hard to cope with a breakup like that. We hope that he’s not cheating and it’s something you can work through! However, if he is doing the deed with another girl, listen to our fave cheating podcast episodes above to get some support and wisdom from our Dear Media hosts! (Worried that YOU’RE the other woman, listen to this podcast from Ex Virgin!

You can come out of this. You’re going to bounce back from this and be ready to become a whole new b*tch. (Better get the mug to commemorate this moment.) Know how you should be treated, and don’t settle for anything but the absolute best! We’re rooting for you, girl! Just bring the Dear Media team with you. We’ve got all the must-have advice on relationships, life, and all the other important stuff!

How To Deal With A Difficult Boss

It’s safe to say that dealing with a difficult boss is a pretty universal experience. Recently, three out of four employees said their boss is the most stressful part of their job. The numbers speak for themselves! No matter the particulars, having a bad boss can be nerve-racking and affect your mental health, as shown by this research. Your complicated boss might have shown favoritism, bullied you, had a terrible management or communication style, or displayed anger issues in the workplace. Either way, there are effective and ineffective ways to finesse yourself through any difficult situations with a difficult boss.

Having a bad boss is not ideal, for sure. But it’s also not worth quitting your job over them unless the circumstances turn extreme. Sometimes you just need to adjust a few things and put in extra effort to improve your working relationship with your boss. If you wait it out instead of declaring war on your manager, the issue might even resolve itself. Still, it’s a tricky situation. So today’s article is dedicated to dealing with a difficult boss. Keep reading to learn our favorite strategies for how to deal with a difficult superior!

How To Deal With A Difficult Boss

First, try to have empathy.

I know, this might be difficult when you’re boss is bad vibes, but it’s always best to start with empathy. Are you truly dealing with a bad boss or is your superior just another human being going through something? Is this a constant problem, or just the stress of the moment? And could it just be me that your work approaches don’t mix too well? Maybe they’re new to being a leader and haven’t quite perfected their management style yet. Research shows 85% of managers are not confident in their leadership skills. So throw your boss a bone and consider that maybe they’re overcompensating for something.

Don’t be confrontational or react with emotion.

If you’re in an active confrontation with your boss and feeling overly emotional, take a breath. Rather than in the moment fighting back, crying, or losing it, do what you can to diffuse the situation. Once you’ve gathered your thoughts and feelings, you can ask for a meeting with your boss to discuss the situation. It’s never a good idea to handle things in the heat of the moment if you’re not able to communicate effectively.

Build a relationship with your boss through open communication.

If you haven’t tried being honest with your superior about your discomfort with their management style, this might be a great option. Remember, your conversation should not be accusatory or judgmental. Instead, focus on how you feel. Ask your manager if there is something you could be doing better. Let them know your goal is to perform well for them. Explain that you’ve felt they aren’t happy with your performance and you want to do better. Start there, open communication builds relationships. If you’re able to be respectful and honest, improving your relationship with your boss is possible with a simple conversation. Talk to your boss and tell them what you think could improve your working relationship in terms of support, communication, and direction. Be clear and precise. It’s best to be straightforward from the start than to deal with a rocky work dynamic for months!

Set boundaries to protect your mental health.

Setting boundaries is a challenge, but they’re still vital for a healthy work-life balance. Especially if you’re dealing with a difficult boss! Don’t let the situation take over or affect your personal life. Leave work calls, emails, and texts for work hours, especially if they’re aggressive. Limit how much personal information you offer up at work. Make sure you appropriately communicate what tasks you can or can’t take on. We have two resources to share with you that can help you protect your well-being from a bad boss. First, learn all about how to set boundaries in THIS episode of Pretty Smart. Second, head over to our article on the best mental health podcasts to listen to some strategic advice to protect your mind from any stressful situation.

Understand their goals and motivations.

Sometimes, a difficult boss could be getting some pressure of their own. It’s possible that their manager expects a lot worse than your boss expects of you. Lucky you, some of that intensity and stress then gets pushed on you. Observe your boss and try to understand their motivations. Are they hard on you to keep appearances for their superior? Are they micromanaging their staff because they feel the need to control every detail to avoid failure? You won’t know what their end goal is until you do some research or ask them directly. So make the effort to understand their objectives and speak to their core values.

Stop their behavior from affecting your work.

Even if you’re dealing with a difficult boss who seems like the worst superior on the planet, you still have a job to do. Don’t start a war with your boss. This will only make your daily work more extenuating! It’s a waste of time and energy. Instead, choose to forgive and move on. Do your best to ignore their behavior and stay focused on your job. Only talk to them if 100% necessary and keep showing up for yourself, even when it gets tough. This will show them you’re determined to succeed in your career even if they seem set on making things difficult for you.

Make adjustments to avoid clashing with their management style.

Perhaps all you need to do is make a few changes to avoid clashing with their management style. If your boss is a micromanager, then do your best to show them you can handle tasks on your own. In case your manager is a terrible communicator, ask them exactly what they need from you and tell them what you need as well. It’s all about the small changes that can make two people be on the same page. Even the tiniest of details can suddenly improve your working relationship with your boss! Tune in to THIS episode of ILYSM to get practical advice for handling conflict at work.

Take the courage to put your leadership skills into action.

When dealing with a bad boss, your whole team can feel a little lost. Take that stressful work situation and turn it around. It’s your opportunity to shine! If you feel ready, show off your leadership skills by taking action whenever your superior fails to do so. Be the leader your team needs. It’s as simple as telling your co-workers when they’ve done a good job. Or encouraging them to take on more difficult tasks. Maybe you offer a helping hand to a coworker that looks stressed.

However, be careful not to overstep. The goal is to be helpful to your team, not competitive with your boss. You don’t want to risk getting in trouble for disrupting the work environment. All it takes is that extra self-confidence to step up as the leader! Listen to THIS episode of Real Pod where Victoria shares where confidence comes from and how to make the most out of it.

Don’t gossip about your boss’s poor management style.

Look, we know it might be tempting to vent to your coworkers about how terrible your boss is. However, bad-mouthing your manager can get you in deep trouble with other managers, negatively impact the entire vibe and culture at the office, and potentially earn you a trip to the human resources department. Don’t go around creating chaos! You need to shift your mindset and stay focused. Criticizing your boss only deteriorates your working relationship with them even further. So keep your head down and continue doing your job! If you need more encouragement on how to turn obstacles into opportunities and shift your mindset forever, head over to THIS episode of Dear Gabby.

Try to be one step ahead of your boss.

Once you feel like you’ve gotten to know your boss, you can start to anticipate and avoid potential problems. If they always ask you for data to back up your marketing plan, provide it ahead of time. If your boss is a stickler for being on time, be on time. This is especially true if you’re dealing with a micromanager! For example, don’t wait for them to ask you if you finished your last assignment. Just send them the completed deliverable and tell them to let you know if there are any issues with it.

Also, self-reflection on your work performance will help you stay ahead of your boss too! There is a really great episode of TSC: Him & Her on how to make mistakes, recover, and learn from them.

Keep your stress at bay.

Work is stressful, even with the best boss in the world. So you must take time to make sure you’re keeping yourself healthy and feeling good. Stress can seriously take a toll on your body. So practicing stress management is absolutely key to success. You can try to keep stress levels at work down by listening to music while you work, taking breaks, creating a to-do list to keep you on track, and keeping your mindset at work positive. Use your breaks efficiently too, and don’t sit and gossip with coworkers. Instead, go for a walk outside, or bring a novel to read for 15 minutes. You can even tune in to your favorite podcasts. And definitely don’t forget to practice stress management techniques at home!

Listen to The Femails and Work Party for additional advice.

Sometimes a friendly voice works wonders! Podcasts are a great resource for those looking for practical advice on any subject. Lucky for you, we have two work/career-dedicated podcasts within the Dear Media family. Allow us to introduce you to these shows!

The Femails is a podcast by Career Contessa and the place to go if you need to revisit your career development strategy. This episode about overcoming workplace conflict and what to do if you hate your coworker gives some great advice that you can apply if you don’t like your boss as well!

Now let’s talk about the Work Party podcast. This podcast hosted by Jaclyn Johnson is for women who are redefining the meaning of work and want to get into the entrepreneurial side of business. Kick off your listening experience with this episode on how to disrupt an outdated industry!

Don’t suffer in silence or let yourself be bullied.

Finally, if your boss is truly just being difficult and there seems no end in sight, it might be time to move on. Remember, you don’t have to be miserable at your job. And finding a boss that is supportive of you and your goals is totally possible. There’s no excuse for your boss’s behavior to be toxic in the workplace. So keep your head up and share your story with a friend, let them support you through this. And if things get unbreakable, talk to the human resources department to get advice from those within your company. Maybe they’ll deal with your boss, or transfer you to another department, who knows!

If leaving is your best option, start making those moves girl! But no matter what, don’t let a difficult boss bully you and mess with your mental health. You deserve better! Give THIS episode of Life With Marianna a listen to get inspired and handle rejection like a pro.

What are your strategies for dealing with a difficult boss?

That’s all about how to deal with a complicated boss! We know this can be a delicate and challenging situation, so make sure to do what feels right for you. If you follow these tips and act from a place of mutual respect, you should see positive changes soon enough. However, if the situation gets worse no matter how hard you try, do what’s best for your mental health in the long run. Don’t be afraid to report your boss to HR or transfer to another department if the circumstances are taking a toll on your well-being. For now, try these strategies and see where it takes you. Good luck!

How To Emotionally Recover From A Divorce

Let’s all find some common ground here. Breakups suck. No matter how they happen, they are never fun. Divorce adds a whole new layer of stress to a breakup. Bring in lawyers, assets, and potentially even kids. Honey, you’ve got your work cut out for you. There is no easy way to get divorced. It’s stressful and often utterly overwhelming. There, we said it! Truth is, no matter the cause or how long you were married, divorce recovery is a long-term healing process. It’s messy, it’s difficult to handle, and it can take a heavy toll on your well-being and mental, and physical health.

Unsurprisingly, studies show divorce is linked to increased anxiety and depression, as well as a greater risk of suffering from alcohol abuse. Just wonderful. As if we didn’t have enough problems on our hands. But before this post starts to feel overwhelmingly negative, let’s take a pause and gain some perspective. Divorce is a huge life change, and it’s normal to feel angry, resentful, sad or demotivated as a result. No big change, especially related to love and family, is easy. So don’t expect divorce to be a walk in the park.

However, you can get through it. While it’s safe to say that coping with separation and divorce takes a considerable period of time, no matter how amicable the split up, you will get there. And who knows, this bump in the road, even if it feels like a mountain, might just be the last hurdle for you to climb over before reaching true happiness.

How To Emotionally Recover From A Divorce

So with all that being said, because we are people who understand that divorce recovery is a long journey, we want to dedicate a post to our advice on how to emotionally recover and grieve properly from the divorce  process that comes with it. We’re sharing our tips on how to make divorce recovery easier! But keep in mind that you can also put these strategies into practice if you’ve just gone through a tough breakup instead of a divorce. The end of a relationship outside of marriage can also be extremely painful and you deserve help to grieve the loss. So keep reading to learn how to emotionally recover from a divorce or a tough breakup!

Listen to Divorced, Not Dead with Caroline Stanbury:

One of the best ways to heal is to know that others have been through what you’re going through, and are thriving. Caroline Stanbury’s podcast is all about how the Spinster vision she had for her life was obviously shattered due to her divorce, and how she not only recovered but built a new incredible life. In her show, Divorced, Not Dead, Caroline reminds you that there is life after divorce, and it can be absolutely epic. This show will also offer up a couple of laughs which can definitely help if you’re feeling down.

Give yourself time to go through the grieving process.

Divorce recovery is a long-term journey. That’s why you should give yourself permission to feel all the negative emotions. It’s okay to be sad, angry, and relieved at the same time! Take the blame off your shoulders and just feel. You’re allowed to wallow in your emotions as much as you need. And if you’re feeling guilty for the split up or for anything, really, take steps to forgive yourself. Have constructive talks about your emotions, and maybe journal through the healing process. Do what you need to feel ready to turn the page!

Surround yourself with supportive family and friends.

Having a support system is absolutely necessary when going through a divorce. You can’t expect yourself to go through this major life change all alone! So surround yourself with people that make you feel good. And let them help you, too! Whether it is a family member bringing you dinner or your best friend taking you out for a shopping spree, let others in. There’s no point in isolating yourself. You’ll heal faster if you stick to your loved ones!

Practice daily self-care.

Self-care is essential no matter what’s going on with your life. Still, it’s even more important when your emotions are taking on the toll of divorce! Research shows that self-care has a positive impact on your overall health and overall well-being. So we say bring on the bubble baths and spa days! You have to start putting yourself first, especially after a complicated breakup. A self-care routine can really be anything that makes you feel good. From meditation and journaling to beauty routines to yoga and breathwork, you can customize a self-care routine until it’s just what you need. The most important thing is to choose activities that help manage your stress and make you feel good.

Don’t get hung up on your ex-spouse.

I know it might be tempting to stalk your ex on social media. We’ve all been there at some point, divorced or not. But you’re shooting yourself in the foot by doing it! Research has suggested that stalking your ex on Facebook or other social media platforms can undermine your healing process. This prevents you from moving on in the long term, with an increased risk of indulging in obsessive behaviors. So please, do what you need to shift your mindset and focus on yourself instead! No creeping through friends and family either! It’s time to evict your ex from living rent-free in that head of yours.

Take a break if you need one.

Toxic productivity is real and more common than you might think. And it’s way too easy to fall for this trap when you’re going through a tough time. It can be tempting to throw yourself at work after a divorce or breakup. But resist the urge to avoid processing your negative feelings! If you need a break, take it. Stay at home for a couple of weeks. Maybe go on a solo adventure. Whatever it is that will help you reset and recharge, go for it! Avoid filling the ex from your void with other short-term distractions.

Remember the reasons the relationship ended.

It’s so easy to look back and wonder if you made the right decision. So we recommend you always remember the reasons your relationship ended. Don’t get caught looking back, fantasizing and only focusing on the good. You don’t need to get obsessive about the bad, but you do need to remember why the relationship wasn’t right for either of you. Take note and remember why toxic relationships are harmful, and don’t look back with any regret.

Set boundaries.

When you’re trying to emotionally recover from a divorce, the last thing you want to do is set yourself up for an emotional roller coaster. Let’s be real, we’ve all made the mistake of going through with a late-night booty call with an ex. However, if you’re getting divorced, this is not the time to cash in that favor girl. Trust us. You don’t need the emotional attachment. So set firm boundaries and stick to them,

Remind yourself that there’s a bright future waiting for you.

Here’s the deal. Divorce is not the end of the world. Yes, it hurts like crazy. Yes, it will make you more vulnerable and emotional for a period of time. But that grieving process will come to an end! You have to keep going no matter how tough it gets. Focus on your personal growth and your hopes for the future. If you want some guidance, then listen to our favorite personal growth podcasts! And remember, after this difficult time, you’ll be a stronger, more resilient person. You’ll be even more deserving and ready for the partner that can be your true match.

Dive into a new hobby or passion project.

Trying out new things is an effective way to keep your mind busy and away from your divorce. It’s also fun to take over brand-new projects! This can be a hobby or a passion project that you’ve pushed to the back of your mind long ago. Divorce is a life change, so treat it as such. It’s time to rediscover yourself and your passions! Maybe start gardening or writing that novel you outlined half a decade ago. Or join an art class and find some new like-minded friends! The options are as wide as your imagination here, so don’t hold yourself back from doing the things you love.

Consider joining a support group.

Support groups can be tabu. You might be embarrassed to admit that you need that level of support to begin with. But there’s a reason so many women have joined these groups while on their divorce recovery. It’s helpful to have someone who’s going through the same healing process as you. It can motivate you to keep looking forward, move on, and enjoy your life. In fact, research shows support groups for divorced women have helped them adjust to this new chapter more easily. So consider taking the plunge and looking for a support group near you!

Forgive and move on.

We all know forgiving someone who hurt you can get a little tough in certain situations. Still, if you don’t forgive your ex, you’ll find it much harder to turn the page. Holding a grudge against your former spouse will only make things messier and bitter. You don’t need to be best friends, but at least make your peace with them internally. Process the messy breakup details, forgive them forgive yourself, and carry on with your life and maybe even meet new people!

What are your strategies to speed up the healing process after a divorce or a painful breakup?

That’s our advice on how to emotionally recover from divorce! It’s a complex grieving process, but you’ll move on sooner than you think. There’s life after divorce or a tough breakup! You need to stay confident in yourself and trust the journey. I promise you’ll make it through in the end. Have you been through a divorce recently? What tips do you have for women in similar situations as you? Let us know your story in the comments. Stay healthy and put yourself first!

34 Best Sex Podcasts

The vibe is HOTT audio today. Specifically, podcasts on getting hot and bothered. Yep. We’re discussing what goes down between the sheets and how you can get your game up in the bedroom. Do we have your attention?? Let’s slide on in.

Sex for years was a totally taboo topic. You couldn’t read books, take classes, see professionals, or even listen to music with detailed sexual conversations. YAWN. Thankfully humanity ( or at least some of us ), has evolved into being more willing to discuss such topics. Now, the world has become a lot more sex-positive, open, and do we dare say… prude? Because of this, you can find tons of podcasts that talk about sex and relationships regularly! This makes sense because sex is a part of life. So we can’t wholesomely talk about life and leave out the sex. Right?

Today, we’ve dedicated our post to sexuality podcasts! We’ll walk you through some of the juiciest and most sexually enlightening episodes. The goal is to help you curate the perfect playlist for your needs when you’re getting down and dirty. Here are the 34 best sex podcasts:

34 Best Sex Podcasts 

Relationshit: Sex Talk with Shan Boodram

Kamie Crawford, our very own Catfish bestie, hosts a podcast on all things relationships! In this episode, she invites Shan Boodram to answer audience questions about sex. She’s a certified sexologist and intimacy expert, so nothing is off-limits with this spicy episode. They share sex stories, sex advice, and sex woes! 

Beyond the Stigma: Redefining Narratives Around Sex Work

In this groundbreaking episode, Sex Worker brings you inside the world of sex work, shedding light on the experiences and perspectives of those involved in this often-misunderstood industry. Prepare to challenge societal stigmas and preconceptions as you hear firsthand stories of empowerment, agency, and resilience. By humanizing and giving agency to sex workers, this podcast provides a fresh perspective that will challenge your understanding of sex work and help break down the barriers of societal judgment.

We Met at Acme: Orgasmic Meditation, Who Should Pay for the Uber After Sex, and Gaining Weight in a Relationship

Mediation expert Jesse Isreal, who founded The Big Quiet, joins the We Met at Acme crew to discuss sex and how it plays into our relationships. Organismic mediation, masculine and feminine energies, and more are the focus of this spiritual and sexual episode of We Met at Acme. 

Note to Self: Sex on Anti-Depressants

Payton Sartain, host of Note to Self, uses this episode to share her experience with sex on anti-depressants. She discusses that irritating low libido and the importance of foreplay, patience, communication, and indulgence.

Going Mental: Chloe Cherry – Perfect Angel Girl

This episode might not give you a lot of insight into your own sexual health, but it’s no less engaging. Learn the story of actress and former porn star “Chloe Cherry” of Euphoria in this episode of Going Mental. This podcast is hosted by Eileen Kelly, who gets all the exciting details on sex work and life after. You can’t miss it!

Deepening Desire: Nurturing Intimacy and Exploring Pleasure

Join Juliet Allen on a journey towards authentic sexual experiences and deepened desire in this captivating episode. With a focus on connection, communication, and personal growth, Juliet shares her wisdom and practical tips to help you cultivate a fulfilling and thriving sex life. Let go of societal expectations and embrace your true desires as Juliet inspires you to embrace your sexuality with confidence and authenticity.

The Skinny Confidential Him & Her: Let’s Talk About Sex, Sex Myths, and Sex Truths

There are so many sex myths out there. And, since not enough people are willing to talk about it, some of these myths stay mainstream. In this episode, married couple Lauryn and Michael Bosstick discuss their own sex life and common sex misconceptions. They seek to break down stigma and provide sexual wisdom to their audience! 

Being Bumo: Sex After Childbirth

Sex is a taboo topic, but sex after childbirth is a whole other level of off-limits! The hosts of Being Bumo, a parenting podcast, have an episode in their newborn series all about sex after labor and delivery. They not only discuss the physical healing but the emotional too.

Caviar Dreams, Tuna Fish Budget: Sex Positive with Cayte Castrillion

In this empowering episode of Caviar Dreams, Tuna Fish Budget hosts psychotherapist and sex educator Cayte Castrillon. She discusses all things sexual health, seeking to liberate the audience from their sexual frustrations. Topics as wild as porn literacy, sex scheduling, and masturbation are all on the table for this candid but informative convo. 

Dear Doula: Sex, Mental Health, Parenthood, and Living the Life with Eileen Kelly

Eileen Kelly of Going Mental jumps over to the Dear Doula podcast to discuss the relationship between her mental health and sexuality. Additionally, Brandi of Dear Doula talks about sex as a parent. So, no matter what stage of life you’re in, this podcast will help you uncover your sexual identity. 

The Dark Side of Desire: Exploring Taboo Sexual Fantasies

Delve into the realms of taboo and desire with Marcus Parks and Jackie Zebrowski as they fearlessly tackle the darker side of sexual fantasies. With a mix of humor, insight, and personal anecdotes, this episode breaks down societal norms while exploring the complexities and allure of our deepest desires. Get ready for a wild ride as Marcus and Jackie dive headfirst into the world of fetishes, BDSM, and other hidden fantasies.

Being Bumo: Intimacy & Sex after Kids with Jessi Malay

Here’s another one on sex and parenthood, because, friends, it’s tough. This episode features a conversation to help you find intimacy after you have kids. They’ll give you helpful tips to prioritize your relationship and rekindle love in the bedroom. Don’t miss this one if you have a family! 

Ali Kolbert: Queer Sex Therapy

Whether you’re LGBTQIA+ yourself or are just curious about the community, this episode is a must-listen! Ali Kolbert discusses all things sex in a lesbian relationship. Female orgasms, queer family planning, and more are broken down in this insightful podcast! 

Sex, Power, and Liberation: Embracing Radical Sexuality and Reclaiming Power

In this empowering episode, Tina Horn explores the intersections of sex, power, and liberation. With a focus on radical sexuality and reclaiming personal autonomy, Tina challenges the conventional narratives surrounding sex and empowers listeners to embrace their desires without shame or judgment. From exploring kink and BDSM to analyzing power dynamics, Tina’s insightful conversations and personal anecdotes will inspire you to redefine your relationship with sex and embrace your true sexual self.

Divorced Not Dead: Bringing Sexy Back!

Caroline Stanbury, a remarried divorcee, and host of this podcast brings on relationship author Tracey Cox to discuss sex. She focuses on sex through the ages and what challenges each stage of life brings. If you’re over the age of 50, this podcast is for you and your sexual health. 

The Blonde Files: All About SEX and Intimacy with Shan Boodram

Here’s another podcast episode featuring sexologist Shan Boodram! She and Arielle Lorre discuss all sorts of sex taboos—including the down low on anal sex (pun intended). Whether you’re in the dating scene or a long-term relationship, you can benefit from this frank discussion. 

Point of V: More Sex and Dating Dos and Don’ts with Marlo Hampton

Dr. Jackie in Point of V has Marlo Hampton on to answer real-life questions about sex. They simply discuss your sexual woes and the questions you’re too afraid to ask. They cover all topics of your sex life, so add this to your playlist! 

Everything is the Best: Painful Sex? Postpartum Discomfort? Why Women and Mothers NEED Physical Therapy

This podcast episode from Pia Baroncini’s Everything is the Best approaches sex from a medical point of view. So many women experience painful sex and incontinence and just believe it’s normal. It’s definitely not normal! Pia sits down with pelvic floor therapist Carine Carmy and reveals the life-changing solution to painful sex. 

Redefining Intimacy: A Conversation Worth Having

In this episode of the George Faller podcast, George delves into the intricacies of intimacy, offering a fresh perspective on what it means to truly connect with your partner. From exploring vulnerability to nurturing a sense of emotional safety, George breaks down the barriers that often hinder meaningful connections. Join him on this transformative journey as he shares practical tips for redefining intimacy and fostering deep, fulfilling relationships.

The Skinny Confidential Him & Her: Open Relationships, Mental Institutions, and All Things Sex fr. Eileen Kelly

Eileen Kelly from Going Mental joins the Bossticks for an episode all about sex. Of course, Kelly discusses sex about her mental health. But, she and the Bossticks also explain how to have a successful open relationship and a healthy sex life overall. 

Divorced Not Dead: Tried and Tested . . . 

Caroline Stanbury meets with Chantelle Otten., a certified sexologist who specializes in sexual medicine. In this episode, Otten breaks down how to have a healthy sex life in a relationship using a sexologist. Plus, she gives the audience the best sex toys for female enjoyment. 

Lipstick on the Rim: Sex, Sex, and More Sex with Sex-pert Shan Boodram

Shan Boodram is back again to have an honest conversation with Molly Sims about, well, sex! They discuss all sorts of topics, including the struggles of incompatible sex drives, the woes of online dating, the best sex toys, and how to present dominance in a relationship. Also, this episode was released during quarantine, so there’s an interesting blast from the past when they discuss quarantine sex life.  

Looking Up: “You Complete Me:” Intimacy, Sex, and Relationship Resiliency 

Dr. Deepika Chopra brings in relationship experts James and Suzy Pawelski to discuss their book “Happy Together” and the science of passion. Pleasure, intimacy, sex, respect, trust, communication, soulmates, and falling out of love are all topics in this insightful episode! 

Sex With Strangers: Exploring Boundaries and Sexual Freedom

Join the hosts of Sex With Strangers on an eye-opening adventure into the world of non-monogamy and sexual exploration. In this episode, they tackle the taboo subject of open relationships, shedding light on the complexities and benefits of consensual non-monogamy. With personal stories, expert insights, and practical advice, this podcast will challenge your preconceived notions about relationships and expand your understanding of sexual freedom.

Recovering from Reality: Healing from Sex Addiction with Staci Sprout

Sometimes dealing with our sexual health means breaking sex addiction. In this episode of Recovering from Reality, psychotherapist Staci Sprout joins host Alexis Haines to discuss acceptance, treatment, and recovery from sex addiction. 

Shenanigans with Scheana Shay: Better Sex with Courtney Virden  

Scheana Shay and pregnancy trainer Courtney Virden sit down to discuss how to have better sex. They focus specifically on postpartum sex in this episode, but truly, nothing is off the table! It’s a good one to listen to if you’re ready to get more pleasure in the bedroom. 

That’s So Retrograde: Sex with Retrograde 

The guest on this episode of That’s So Retrograde is Emily Morse from the podcast Sex with Emily! She drops truth bombs on the audience, highlighting the importance of communication in a sexual relationship. However, you can learn about all elements of sex and sexuality in this packed podcast episode! 

Point of V: Marlo Hampton and I Answer All Your Burning Sex and Dating Questions from STIs to Smelly Sperm

What’s ruining your sex life? Are you struggling to orgasm? Do you have an STI? Or, is your partner just bad in bed? Whatever it is, Dr. Jackie and Marlo Hampton join focus to help you navigate your turbulent sexual journey. 

Unveiling Hidden Places: Unearthing the Secrets of Global Sexuality

Get ready for a riveting exploration of sexuality across cultures with Private Parts Unknown. In this episode, hosts Courtney and Sofiya dive deep into the hidden world of global sexuality, unearthing secrets, cultural nuances, and untold stories. From intimate interviews with locals to thought-provoking discussions, this podcast uncovers the beautiful, raw, and often surprising ways in which sexuality shapes our lives. Brace yourself for a journey that will challenge your assumptions and expand your understanding of sexual diversity.

Ali Kolbert: Sex, Love, and Goop and the Blendjet with Molly Austin

Ali Kolbert joins another comedian to discuss body positivity, feminine confidence, face filters, massage kinks, and more off-the-wall sexual topics. As always, Ali Kolbert brings her unique queer perspective to the topic of sex and sexuality for a really insightful (and humorous) episode of The Ali Kolbert Show. 

The Papaya Podcast: The One About Orgasms with Vanessa Marin

Many men and women out there struggle with feeling embarrassed about sex and their sexual preferences. Host Sarah Nicole and psychotherapist Vanessa Marin try to free you from that shame. This episode is all about having more fun in the bedroom as Vanessa Marin breaks down the psychology of our sex lives. 

Point of V: Ask the Urologist Q&A: Penis Exercises, Dos and Don’ts of Anal Sex, Foods for Healthy Semen, and So Much More

There have already been a couple of episodes on this list guiding women through the medical side of sexual issues, and now here’s one for men! Dr. Jackie explores men’s health in this episode with urologist Dr. Damon Davis. They discuss things like how to strengthen your penis, how to achieve a healthy erection, and the dos and don’ts of anal sex. 

The Art of Mind-Blowing Sex: Unlocking Pleasure and Connection

Get ready to spice up your love life with Laurie Watson’s expert advice on the secrets to mind-blowing sex. In this captivating episode, Laurie explores the realms of pleasure, communication, and exploration between partners. With actionable tips and her insightful expertise, Laurie guides you on a journey toward sexual satisfaction and enhanced intimacy. Whether you’re looking to reignite the passion in your relationship or simply curious about taking your sex life to new heights, this episode is a must-listen.

We Met at Acme: Safe Sex, HPV, Freezing Your Eggs, and IVF ft. Sex Therapist Carli Blau

This episode of We Met at Acme brings in sex therapist Carli Blau to talk about sex beyond pleasure. They’re taking it back to sex ed and focusing on safe sex. They also discuss IVF, freezing your eggs, and more. You don’t want to miss this one! 

Ex-Virgin Podcast: Hornier When Pregnant, Trying Anal, and Masturbation Ft. Emma Bing

In a recent episode of the Ex Virgin Podcast, they tackled the topic of sex during pregnancy, and let me tell you, it was an eye-opening and honest conversation. They covered everything from the physical changes expecting moms go through to the emotional rollercoaster that comes with it. They even had experts chiming in to debunk myths and provide helpful tips for keeping intimacy alive during this incredible journey. It was like having a heart-to-heart with your bestie who gets it and leaves you feeling reassured and empowered.

Improve your sex life and sexual health with these podcast episodes! 

If you’re looking to spice things up, solve a sexual health issue, or explore other types of relationships, check out one of these insightful podcasts. And, if you find an episode you like, keep listening! Each one of these podcasters delivers insightful, interesting, and sometimes funny episodes weekly that’ll keep you listening time and time again. Find a new favorite podcast with Dear Media’s roster of shows and get to binging! Maybe not Netflix and chill this weekend, but maybe podcast and chill?

Stress Management Techniques At Home

We all deal with stress at some point in our lives, right? Whether it’s exam season, performance reviews at work, the ongoing global pandemic, a bad work-life balance, or even the crazy rush of the holidays. We’ve all experienced the infamous fight or flight response to stress levels! It’s the worst, let’s admit it. Nobody enjoys the body aches, the sweating, the heart racing, or the shortened breath. Rightfully so, because it can take a toll on your overall health in the long run!

That’s right, stress deteriorates your well-being. And we pretty much live stressed out these days, with all that’s going on with the world. Stress is a natural part of life, sure. But you don’t have to just take the punch, unable to do anything. There are a lot of stress relief techniques you can work with to feel good consistently! Things like keeping a healthy diet, or spending time with a loved family member.

Lucky for you, today’s post is all about stress reduction. We’re sharing our top tips to manage stress at home!

Stress Management Techniques At Home

Practice meditation.

It’s no secret that meditation is a huge tool to help cope with stress. Studies show this technique brings both long-term positive effects to your overall well-being and short-term stress relief with quick results. And there are many different types of meditations for you to try at home! From guided sessions to just music and your own thoughts, you’re bound to find a meditation that works for you. Meditation will help you be more grounded in the present and push the stressful distractions away! For more habits that can boost your happiness, listen to THIS episode of Real Pod where Victoria is joined by Dr. Daniel Amen!

Give aromatherapy a try.

Aromatherapy has a plethora of benefits for stress reduction! It’s an aroma-based treatment that uses essential oils (plant extracts that smell really nice) to activate your smell receptors and send a certain message to your brain through the nervous system. The oils then interact with your limbic system and the hypothalamus to release feel-good chemicals such as serotonin. It’s an easy and rapid way to lower your stress levels and feel more relaxed! Be sure to give it a try, there’s nothing to lose here. Worst case scenario, your house smells amazing. For more at-home wellness Allstar tricks, head over to THIS episode of That’s So Retrograde!

Do yoga.

Yoga is just another one of those stress-relief staples. It goes hand in hand with meditation and is just as popular as it! This technique is a relaxing blend of exercise, mindful breathing, stretching, and meditation. Yoga was developed centuries ago and is widely recognized as a form of mind-body medicine. It plays a key role in relieving stress and improving mental health, as well as a way to improve blood circulation, posture, flexibility, and oxygen uptake.

The best thing is that you can practice yoga at home! All you need is a cushioned yoga mat and a little of your time. There are plenty of free yoga classes on Youtube. Or you can download one of the many workout apps available in the App Store. But there are plenty of premium programs to choose from as well if you prefer live online classes or an accountability system. Think the Peloton app, Equinox app, & so much more. Pick the class that works best for your goals!

Step up your positive self-talk with affirmations.

It’s easy to get caught up in all of our negative thoughts. Still, you need to make actionable choices to shift your mindset to reach a more positive mentality. Affirmations can help create positive self talk and skyrocket your confidence. By repeating motivating sentences you can replace those negative thoughts with positive ones. Studies show affirmations are linked to our self-forgiveness, integrity, and efficacy. This helps to deconstruct stressful information in the long term. And yes, we have just the podcast to learn more about this subject! Listen to THIS episode of The Career Contessa Podcast for a deep dive into how to stop a negative thought spiral.

Do some stress baking.

Who doesn’t love a sweet treat? You probably know that chocolate has an actual effect on our happiness by now. But the process of baking delicious chocolatey treats can also have a positive impact on our wellbeing! Psychologists say baking and spending time in the kitchen helps to reduce stress and improve our mental health. It’s an activity that provides comfort and a soothing distraction from stressful thinking/situations. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed, consider taking a break and do some wholehearted baking!

Take a break when you need one.

Sometimes your body is just begging you to take a couple of deep breaths and unplug. And that’s perfectly fine. Listen to your body and mind! Dedicating time to self-care will make a huge difference in your well-being. You can put these techniques to good use during those personal moments! There’s a lot you can do to unplug and recharge your energy. Maybe you read a riveting story after a bubble bath, or perhaps a relaxing yoga flow is all you need. As you can see, you have plenty of options for relieving stress! Tune in to THIS episode of WorkParty on how to stress less and find joy in your finances for more actionable tips to manage stress.

Give yourself an at-home spa day.

Who doesn’t love a spa day, especially in the comfort of your own home? Sometimes if you’re feeling stressed out all you need is a warm bubble bath, some Epsom salts, a candle, and a little time alone. Heck, you can even give yourself a facial. Shave your legs! Dry brush! Go crazy! Whatever your self-care routine is, take it way up a notch and enjoy some much-needed TLC at home.

Exercise.

This one is no newsflash, but we had to include it anyhow! Studies show that physical activity plays an important part in managing stress and keeping our stress levels in check. Now, let’s keep it real. If you exercise in a way that you loathe and wish it could be over soon for the entirety of the workout, it won’t do you much good. Don’t force yourself to do a workout that feels like torture to you! With the endless amount of exercise methods available on demand (many of them even for free), there’s no need to suffer your way through it. That’ll only stress you even more! So go ahead and figure out which type of exercise makes you feel your best and stick to it!

Go for a walk outside.

A nature walk is always a great idea to decompress! A study by the University of Michigan shows that a 20 minute “nature pill”, AKA a walk around nature, can radically lower your stress levels. How? By reducing the levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) by a whopping 10% on average! This is recommended to be a daily practice: 20/30 minutes of strolling around nature to relieve stress. But the study shows that 3 times a week is enough to see a positive difference.

Listen to music.

Music is truly healing. Why, you ask? Because it complements the stress reduction effect! Studies show relaxing music decreases anxiety and lowers stress, relieving the fight or flight response. So if you’re feeling an increased stress, try putting on your favorite playlist, sing as loud as you want, dance even! Listen to upbeat music if that’s your vibe or just anything that is soothing and makes you feel good.

Listen to a mental health podcast.

Sometimes, relaxation isn’t the way to decompress. Maybe you want to dive in and feel your emotions plus explore the why behind the stress. Maybe it’s time for a little self-reflection, growth, and possibly action. Listening to a mental health podcast can make you more aware of your own struggles and give you practical tips on how to solve them. Plus, these podcasts are always supportive, and feel like you’re listening to a friend’s advice! Lucky for you, we have a roundup of the best mental health podcasts HERE.

What are your favorite stress management techniques to do at home?

Now you know how to reduce chronic stress at home! If you follow our tips to manage stress and avoid feeling overwhelmed, you’ll be able to notice a difference soon enough. Remember that, even if stress is a part of life, you should seek professional help if you think you might be suffering from a mental health disorder like anxiety and depression. It’s best to protect your health and be sure! Now, let us share one more thing with you before you go. THIS episode of The Heal Podcast is perfect for those looking to find inspiration in uncertain times and grow from a place of discomfort. So tune in and let us know your thoughts in the comments!