30+ Best Podcast Questions

Let’s be honest…podcast interviews can be a little bit nerve wracking, even for the most experienced podcast host. But, interviews are an excellent way to gain knowledge and an awesome addition to any podcast. This is why it’s important to find ways to make your interviews stand out. The key to interesting and successful interview podcasts is preparation, proper research, and a good lineup of unique questions. This also allows you to come up with questions that are suitable for the kind of guest you’re interviewing as well as your podcast topic.

It can sometimes be challenging to think of questions on the spot when the interview is in progress, so make sure to plan ahead and have some questions ready. Interviews should be engaging and it’s best to avoid any awkward silence during the whole program. Episodes are the best when you get a little authentic Q&A going and this episode of the Papaya podcast is the perfect example of just that. So, for some inspiration, we’re sharing a roundup of interesting, go-to interview questions that podcasters can use to make their podcasts as engaging, inspiring, and informative as possible.

30+ Best Podcast Questions

Personal Questions:

  • Tell us what you do.

If you’ve brought a guest on your podcast, odds are…they probably do something pretty cool. Ask your guest or guests to share what they do with you and your podcast audience! This is a pretty obvious one.  But it’s a great lead in to introduce your guest.

  • Where can listeners find you?

On the flip side, this question makes a great closing for a good podcast. You always want to be sure to give your guests a chance to plug themselves – whether that be their website, podcast, social media, product, etc.!

  • Who are your role models and why?

Who someone chooses to model their life after can say a lot about their values and their character! Role models can be anyone your guest might look up to or someone they admire and/or hold in high esteem.

  • What made you choose to pursue your current career path? Or how do you come to do what you do?

Get to know your guest better by asking them why they chose their current career path. Or the story to how the landed where they are. The answers to this question are often the most intriguing and inspiring stories. The journey to greatness is typically unconventional. So this question can offer a lot of inspiration to guests and provide so much insight into how someone got where they are.

  • Describe your daily routine.

Does your guest have the best morning routine for success? What does your guest do each and every day that helps them accomplish their goals, get through the day, and motivate them to keep going?

  • Tell us one interesting thing about yourself.

Ask your guest to tell you and listeners one interesting thing about themselves! The answer to this question can be literally anything and it’s a great way to get the conversation rolling.

  • What is your biggest inspiration?

This on lends to the source of it all for you guests. What drives your guest? What is their biggest motivation? Some common answers might be money or family…but sometimes motivations can stem from intriguing past experiences and/or charity.

  • What advice would you give your younger self?

With age comes so much experience. What would your guest say to their younger self that would help them in the real world today? This piece of advice can be insightful to both you and your listeners.

  • How do you practice self-care or self-love?

With everything going on in the world today, self-care is essential. Ask your guest to share the things they do to practice self-care and find out any tips they might have for your listeners. For tips on self-care, check out these 7 ways to show up for yourself. 

  • Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

This is a great podcast interview question because it can really tell you so much about your guest. It can give you and your listeners real insight into what your guest enjoys doings and how they spend their time outside of their career.

  •  Describe yourself with (1) word.

This question is great for breaking the ice and getting the conversation started in an interesting way. One word can speak volumes about a person…

  • What do people misunderstand most about you?

This question provides an opportunity for your guest to address any misconceptions or confusion surrounding who they are or what they do.

Industry-Related Questions:

  • What do you do for a living? Describe it in one sentence.

Asking this question is a great way for your guest to explain exactly what they do, but in simple and easier to understand words for you and your listeners.

  • What is your favorite thing about what you do?

To get your guest excited and talking about what they’re passionate about, ask them to talk about their favorite part of their career.

  • What skill or skill(s) do you have that make you particularly suited for your career?

Everyday, people are acquiring new skills and new careers like podcasting, influencing, and promoting are being created. What skills does your guest have to offer and how do those skills make them more successful in their industry?

  • What is a common myth about your industry?

Some careers carry the weight of stereotypes and predisposed notions of how someone should look or act. Asking this question will give your guest the opportunity to clear up any confusion and set the record straight.

  • What is the biggest challenge at work?

This is a great question to ask your guest because it gives your guest the opportunity to be vulnerable and talk about any weaknesses they might have. A variation of this question could be “Currently, what is your biggest challenge?”

  • What is your end goal?

What does your guest want to ultimately accomplish? This question can be applied to their life, career, current project, and more! We love this question because it allows the guest to talk about their vision, which allows them to showcase their passion. Most successful people are visionaries in one way or another. So allowing them to share their vision for the future is super empowering.

  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

This is a great question to ask your guest to prompt conversations about their future goals and plans. Where do they see themselves and how do they plan to get there. This one is more short term than the end goal question. It’s typically more related to the business they’re currently involved in. Or how they see their family changing in recent years.

  • Tell us one thing you’ve failed at, and how you overcame it.

Stories of falling down and getting right back up are always super inspirational and encouraging. Be sure to ask your guest about their biggest failure or encourage them to share their experiences with failure and what important lessons they learned from their experiences.

  • What is one thing you wish you had known when you began your career?

We all wish we had the opportunity to give our younger selves a bit of advice. What would your guest have to say to their younger counterpart?

  •  What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?

Find out what your guest is most proud of! You can also switch it up and ask about the worst moment of their career. Either way, your guest will have an interesting story to share and it will most likely make for an inspiring and entertaining story.

Whimsical Questions:

  • Would you rather?

This is an awesome question to break the ice or to fill up some time. Think about questions like…”would you rather spend the rest of your life without pizza or coffee?” Feel free to personalize these questions to your guests’ personal life or industry.

  • How do you balance life and work?

This is the perfect question for guests that are business owners, hosts of other podcasts, entrepreneurs, mothers, fathers, etc. Find out how your guest manages to do it all and still find time for their personal life.

  • What are your (3) favorite products or things right now?

Asking this question is a great opportunity to learn more about what your guest likes, things they use daily, and even get insight into their possible hobbies. You can apply this to almost any industry as well. Beauty, career, wellness, really anything goes.

  • What is the one thing you couldn’t live without, and why?

From our experience, there are tons of different interesting, hilarious, and sentimental answers to this type of question. See what your guest has to say about the one thing they couldn’t live without. This question offers to much insight into the personality and intricacies of your guests.

  • Tell us something unique about yourself.

Asking this question is a great opportunity for your guest to reveal a bit more about themselves and it gives listeners a chance to connect with your guest on a deeper level.

  • What is your hidden talent?

This is an excellent question for any guest that has a hidden talent or skill that most don’t know about. Find out what it is and definitely be sure to ask your guest to give listeners a little demonstration of their talent or skill if applicable.

  • This or That?

This is such a fun question because you can choose any two things for your guest to compare. Coke or Pepsi? White chocolate or dark chocolate? Biking or jogging? This is a fun little Q&A game to play with guests that will keep listeners interested and intrigued. For an example of something similar, check out the We Met at Acme podcast. We Met at Acme often has a round of “rapid fire questions” for their guests at the end of each episode that might be inspiring as you continue to think about the best questions to ask during a podcast interview.

  • What do you think the world will look like in 100 years?

This is our favorite whimsical question because there are soooo many different answers. What does your guest think about the current state of the world? And where do they think it’s headed?

  • If you could have any other career, what would it be?

If you spend a lot of time talking about a particular guest’s career, this question is a great follow up. Sure…they have an awesome career! But, if they could choose any different path, what would it be?

  •  Share your favorite childhood memory.

Our childhood helps shape us into the people we are today. Be sure to ask your guest what part of their childhood stood out, and how it helped them become the person they were meant to be.

  • Ask your own signature question.

And lastly – don’t be afraid to create your own, unique signature question that you ask all your guests. If unique enough, your signature question could easily become a staple of your brand and something your listeners look forward to week after week.

Now you know how to ask the best podcast questions for epic interviews.

And there you have it – those are the 30+ best questions to ask in your next interview! Interviewing guests on your podcast can really set your work apart, so it’s important to learn how to get guests for your podcast as well as the best questions to ask. And if you want some live inspiration for different types of guests, check out House Guest with Kenzie Elizabeth. It has examples of how to create good-quality questions based on different types of guests.

Some other tips to keep in mind during interviews are to be flexible with the order of your questions, avoid asking simple yes/no questions, listen carefully to answers, and allow your guest to take the lead. Some episodes we recommend that you listen to for inspiration about interviews and questions are You’ve Got Questions. Jaclyn Johnson’a Got Answers! and Ask A Therapist Q&A: Stress vs Anxiety Supporting Loved Ones, Triggers & More.  We hope you’ve enjoyed this round up of the best podcast questions and we hope our list of questions will inspire you to think of more! Good luck podcasting! 

The 10 Best Not Skinny But Not Fat Podcast Episodes

The Not Skinny But Not Fat podcast is on fire right now with a perfect dose of sarcasm, wit, and lots of laughs. Hosted by Amanda Hirsch, this Instagram page turned full-on podcast is your home for all things pop-culture. Get ready to hear about all the latest and greatest celebrity drama, scandal, romance, and anything trending in this crazy world of entertainment. With Not Skinny But Not Fat, you will get your weekly recap of allll the streamy drama and hear from special guests like Rita Ora, Kristen Stewart, Addison Rae, Chrishell Stause, Carole Radziwill, Claire Holt, and more! This is one of the best reality TV podcasts around and every episode is entertaining from start to finish! If you’re not listening already, here’s a roundup of the 12 best, most popular, must-listen podcast episodes of Not Skinny But Not Fat!

The 12 Best Not Skinny But Not Fat Podcast Episodes

Squashing Beef & Rumors With Hannah Berner & Paige DeSorbo 

Ready for a little reality TV recap? Summer House is filled with drama, rumors, laughs, tears, and more – and so is this episode! Catch up with Hannah Berner and Paige DeSorbo of the Summer House as they talk about drama from the latest season, friendship, and new love interests.

CALLED OUT With Justin Anderson 

Remember that time Madison LeCroy had a nip slip on Instagram Live and sent the world into a frenzy? Yeah, us too! In this episode, Amanda sits down with Justin Anderson to get down to the nitty gritty of what actually happened and how Kristin Cavallari, Craig Conover, Austen Kroll, and Jay Cutler are also involved. The duo also discuss hair and lip tips, Nashville, and how to be a good BFF.

Deactivated Thrice and Thriving with Jackie Schimmel 

Meet Jackie Shimmel, podcast host of The Bitch Bible, influencer, creator, and comedian. In this week’s episode, Amanda sits down to bitch with Jackie about Instagram shadow banning, getting deactivated, and traveling as an influencer. Amanda also shares some pretty biiiig news with her fans in this episode…so trust us, this is not the episode to miss.

Bye Bravo With Carole Radziwill 

Are you obsessed with RHONY? If your answer is yes, then the Not Skinny But Not Fat podcast is 1000% for you! Amanda keeps listeners up to date on allll the Housewives drama, and even gives listeners a behind-the-scenes look sometimes… like in this episode with Carole Radziwill! Get ready to hear about all things Carole Radziwill like her perspective about drama on the show, her life before RHONY, and all her favorite things.

OBSESSED WITH ADDISON RAE 

This week, Amanda sits down with Addison Rae – actress, artist, influencer, and Tiktok royalty. If you haven’t heard her new songs, or seen her in the new “He’s All That” on Netflix, we can bet you’ve seen at least one (or a dozen) of her insanely popular dancing Tiktoks that shot her to fame. Get ready to hear all about Addison, where she came from, how she’s achieving her dreams, and what she’s doing next!

NSBNF x @girlwithnojob: The Collab You’ve All Been Waiting For? 

Two podcasting queens in one episode, what else could you ask for? Amanda sits down with Claudia Oshry, author, podcaster, and creator of @girlwithnojob, to talk about the evolution of both their podcasts. They also talk about Kourtney and Travis, the new Kardashian Hulu deal, the Friends reunion, and more!

Very Shannon Ford 

If you love Very Cavallari, then you have to listen to this episode. Amanda sits down with ex Very Cavallari star, Shannon Ford to spill alllllll the tea about why and how she was fired and where she stands with Kristin Cavallari now. Shannon also dishes about the Madison LeCroy Instagram Live drama and finally sets the record straight about that video with Jay Cutler.

Keeping Up With the Kardashians With Comments By Celebs 

This episode features your weekly dose of reality TV and this time, it’s all about Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Amanda brings in the Kardashian experts, Emma Diamond and Julie Kramer, from Comments By Celebs to help listeners make sense of all recent relationships, drama, and scandal. You’ll hear about Scott and Sophia, a cheating Tristan, and our new fav power duo – KRAVIS.

SKOURT VS KRAVIS With E!’s Justin Sylvester

Amanda welcomes E!’s Justin Sylvester for a recap of the week’s most piping hot celebrity stories and gossip. You’ll hear about Demi Lovato’s frozen yogurt grudge, KRAVIS, SCORT, and the breakup of Jennifer Lopez and Aaron Rodriguez. Justin also shares how becoming a “lady sitter” (lol, what?) helped him gain popularity in the entertainment industry and what he’s up to now.

Soaps, Real Estate & Drama with Chrishell Stause 

In this episode, Amanda sits down with the one-and-only Chrishell Stause of Selling Sunset. Chrishell, in her true dramatic fashion, talks all things real estate, her opinion of new and original cast members, her favorite shows, finding a new man, and her next vacation spot. Plus, in this episode, Chrishell reveals some new and exciting news that you’re not going to want to miss.

RITA F**KING ORA IS HERE

In this episode, the brilliant Rita Ora joins Amanda to chat about her career and how it all began. She also gives us all the deets on on married life with her husband Taika Waititi, her odd obsession with Shrek, and SO. MUCH. MORE. Whether you’re familiar with this gorgeous pop icon or not, this is a super entertaining episode you don’t want to miss!

Kristen Stewart Is No Basic B

Kristen Stewart has been on our radar since she accepted the role as Bella in the Twilight movies, but if you haven’t been following her, you might be unaware of the total icon she’s become in Hollywood. She sits down with Amanda to talk about everything from her fave reality shows to her latest starring role that is raising more than a few eyebrows.

Why Do You Listen to Not Skinny But Not Fat?

From weekly recaps about all our favorite reality shows to spilling the tea on celebrity drama, Not Skinny But Not Fat is easily one of the best female comedy podcasts around. We love listening to Not Skinny But Not Fat to catch up with anything in the entertainment world that we might have missed throughout the week. Why do you listen to NSBNF? Maybe you loveeeee sipping that celebrity tea or maybe you really dig how Amanda explains all the drama. Either way, let us know in the comments below! And don’t forget, you can listen to Not Skinny But Not Fat almost anywhere! Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Dear Media.

5 Podcasts with a Texas Aesthetic

Hey y’all! Do you hear that?! That’s the sound of Texas calling your name! May 4th is quickly approaching and we’re more than ready to scoot our boots to Austin for Dear Media IRL. Well, we’re almost ready. We wanna listen to a few more podcasts to get ready, and what better podcasts to listen to than ones with that signature Texas aesthetic?

With a “go big or go home” vibe, Texas is like a different world. Locals work their asses off, whether on a ranch or in an office, and definitely know how to let loose and have fun. That vibe can also make for a fantastic podcast. It’s no wonder many podcasters, like Joe Rogan, Lauryn and Michael Bosstick, and our very own Dear Media Studio, have moved to Austin in recent years

It’s worth mentioning that countless celebs have found solace in Texas too. Hottie Scott Eastwood moved to The Lone Star State in 2018, saying “I think that’s why people who come to Texas really can fall in love with it,” he said. “There’s more community, people are more neighborly, people are nice. It slows life down a little bit. It’s not this fast-paced living in a big city like New York or Los Angeles.”

You can experience this for yourself while you’re in Austin for Dear Media IRL, but in the meantime, check out these podcasts with a Texas aesthetic to listen to while you wait for the big day to get here!

Podcasts with a Texas Aesthetic

5 Podcasts with a Texas Aesthetic

The Skinny Confidential: Him & Her Podcast

Sure, we might be a little biased, but Lauryn Bosstick and her husband Michael Bosstick know what it takes to host an unforgettable podcast. Episodes of their mega-popular, top-rated The Skinny Confidential: Him & Her Podcast have been downloaded 200 million times!!! And, there’s no denying that their down-home, relatable vibe has a lot to do with it. When you consider this, it’s no wonder that Lauryn and Michael were itching to get out of LA and relocate their family somewhere that felt like a “sanctuary.”

In 2021, the dynamic duo behind Dear Media Studios said goodbye to Los Angeles and moved their family to Austin, Texas. Michael and Lauryn shared why they decided to move halfway across the country and how they decided on Austin as their new home in this episode of their podcast. Be sure to check out more episodes of Him and Her leading up to Dear Media IRL to fully embrace these bad*ss, independent entrepreneur vibes. Oh, and don’t forget your F*cking Yeehaw Dear Media hoodie

House Guest With Kenzie Elizabeth

We challenge you to find someone who loves Texas more than Kenzie Elizabeth. The podcaster behind House Guest with Kenzie Elizabeth (formerly the ILYSM podcast) is living her best life in Dallas and graciously shares an authentic BTS look at what the state has to offer. From her Insta to her YouTube channel, there’s just something about Kenzie that people vibe with. Unfortunately, she won’t be at Dear Media IRL, but you can bring her sport by rocking this Find Me in Texas tee

Her podcast is just as relatable as it is bingeable. Here are some of our fave episodes of House Guest with Kenzie Elizabeth: 

Podcasts with a Texas Aesthetic

Transform

One of Dear Media’s newer podcasts, Transform, is already earning recognition as a must-listen. Its cohosts, Sami Spalter and Sami Clarke (a.k.a. the Samis) are twenty-something besties who aren’t afraid to have very real, very relatable conversations. And we’re all better because of it! With each episode of their podcast, they’re empowering women to be the best versions of themselves.

A little over a year ago, Sami Spalter relocated to Austin, Texas. Since then, her Insta has become a source of Texas to-dos and aesthetic photos. When you’re done stalking her feed (don’t worry, we do it too), be sure to tune in to the Transform podcast. And, of course, come meet them at Dear Media IRL! You can start from the beginning or check out these episodes:

Texas Wine And True Crime

Calling all true crime fans! Texas Wine And True Crime is a podcast bringing together two of our favorite things. During each episode, husband and wife Brandy and Chris Diamond review Texas-grown wines while covering some of the most shocking true crime stories.

They’ve covered well-known cases like Jodi Arias and Scott Peterson, as well as dozens of true crime stories that you’ve never heard from the Lonestar State. It’s a must listen! (But, don’t let it scare you out of coming down here for Dear Media IRL.)

As A Woman

As A Woman is a podcast hosted by Dr. Natalie Crawford, a fertility doctor and co-founder of Fora Fertility in Austin, Texas. Her podcast, which has been downloaded over 4 million times, is dedicated to helping people understand their bodies and hormones, which is amazing given the amount of misinformation and polarizing opinions floating around these days.

As A Woman episodes cover a bunch of topics, including mental health, infertility, hormones, and so much more. She also frequently welcomes special guests to share their experiences or to chat about related topics. Dr. Natalie Crawford is a fantastic example of a strong, brilliant woman living her best life in Austin, Texas.

If you end up loving it, we have Dear Media podcasts in the same niche! Check out SHE MD and Fertility FM for more women’s health centered content!

woman wearing a white texas forever shirt

Embrace all the Texas vibes before Dear Media IRL!

Are y’all excited or what!? Dear Media IRL is the ultimate live podcasting experience with some of your fave podcasters and other members of the Dear Media community. We’ve been preparing for this day since the minute last year’s DM IRL ended, so you can be damn sure we’re ready to boot scoot and boogie our way to Austin on May 4th.

You can read more about the event and what to expect on the Dear Media site. Be sure to check out the Dear Media blog while you’re at it. There’s A TON of awesome info there!!

How to Break a Trauma Bond with a Narcissist 

Narcissists, or people who suffer from narcissistic personality disorder, are people with a serious mental health condition that involves a pattern of arrogance and self-centered thinking. Relationships with narcissists can be abusive and lead to a hella toxic phenomenon called trauma bonding

Trauma bonding is a unique bond between an abuser and an abused person where a deep attachment forms during the cycles of abuse. These happen most often in relationships where abusers waffle back and forth between affectionate and abusive, while those being abused typically have insecure attachment styles (check out this ep of We Met At Acme to learn more about attachment styles), low self-esteem, and are lacking in boundaries.

This combo can lead to dangerous codependency that can make attempting to leave difficult. The victim’s emotions may become tangled, leaving them confused. They may believe they cannot survive without this person. But, if they are being harmed, leaving is incredibly important for their health and safety.

Does any of this sound familiar? Are you, a friend, or family member at risk for a trauma bond with a narcissist? We hope not. But, just in case you’re in this situation, we want to help. We care about you, girl! We want you to be at your healthiest and safest. That’s why today, we’re sharing a guide to help you break free of a trauma bond with a narcissistic abuser.

How to Break a Trauma Bond with a Narcissist

How to Break a Trauma Bond with a Narcissist

Breaking free from abusive relationships can be a difficult and painful process. Ending a relationship is never easy, but when you’re finding it difficult to distinguish pain and control from “love,” it’s hard to think about anything else, let alone leaving. 

But, when you realize what’s actually happening, you have a chance to change it. That’s why learning what a trauma bond with a narcissist looks like is so important. You want to be able to identify the patterns and spot a narcissist early in the relationship.

What Does a Trauma Bond with a Narcissist Look Like?

A relationship with a narcissistic abuser from the abuser’s side looks like a cycle of abuse and manipulation interspersed with lots of punishments and rarely any rewards. On the victim’s side, signs of trauma bonding may look like feeling stuck in the relationship and being tense and overly cautious around the abuser. They may put a lot of effort into the relationship and get very little in return. 

All of this can take a toll on the victim’s overall health and wellness, especially their mental health. You can’t thrive in an environment that is constantly beating you down, after all. Their decreasing health may contribute to them staying in the relationship. While this may lead some to assume the victim is weak, trauma bonds can happen to anyone and are not a choice or sign of weakness—they’re a natural and common response to abuse. 

If you or a loved one is in this situation, don’t worry! It is possible to break out of toxic relationship patterns and free yourself from a trauma bond. 

How to Break The Trauma Bond with a Narcissist 

Become aware of the trauma bond.

The first step in breaking any trauma bond is to become aware of what’s happening to you. It’s important to recognize that what’s going on is a cycle of abuse, meant to hurt you just enough to keep you under control. 

To become aware of your trauma bond, you need to know the signs. Here are 7 signs of a toxic person to be wary of, and the 7 stages of a trauma bond you want to be on the lookout for. 

Write down your experiences.

Trauma bonding involves a lot of manipulation and gaslighting, which can make it difficult to determine what’s really happening and identify any patterns in behavior. Additionally, the dramatic pendulum of emotions can cloud your memory, making you forget the bad moments.

Writing down what happens throughout the day, every day, is a good way to begin to identify how much of the relationship is harmful, and what patterns the abuser might be using against you. 

Change perspectives.

If it were your bestie in this situation instead of you, would you be so cool with them stayng in the relationship? Probably not. Most likely, you’d want them OUT, ASAP. 

So, if you were giving advice to them, what advice would you give them? Be honest with yourself. Then, take that advice and run with it, babe.

Having a hard time keeping that perspective? Get this cozy Every End Is A New Beginning hoodie to remember that you are MUCH better off starting your new story!

Cut off as much contact as possible.

If you can go no contact, go no contact, girl. The more you talk to them, the harder it will be to escape the web they weave trying to get you back. Of course, we realize going no contact isn’t possible in every relationship—sometimes there’s a child or legal issues involved that prevent you from going 100% no contact. 

Still, limiting your contact with the narcissistic abuser is a hugely important step to breaking a trauma bond. Narcissistic abusers are masters of manipulation and can use their charm to convince you to take them back. Yet, every time you do, you send the message that they can get away with what they did, and they will take it a step further. 

Plus, in the seventh stage of the trauma bond, you become emotionally addicted to the trauma bond. Staying in contact with your abuser is flirting with your addiction—it makes it all the more difficult to get out.

It can be difficult to set these boundaries, especially when the abuser is not used to you sticking up for yourself. Here’s our article on how to set boundaries with a narcissist, or you can listen to The Papaya Podcast’s episode on Creating Boundaries & Trusting Your Intuition.

Practice self-love.

You may not know how to fall in love with yourself, but believe us, it’s possible. Why wouldn’t it be?! You’re a bad*ss bitch who deserves all the love a person can give. And YOU can give it to yourself!

Feel like you don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got LOTS to say on loving yourself. Here are our recommendations for learning to love yourself:

List of steps to break the trauma bond with a narcissists

Spend time with friends and family—LOTS of it.

Narcissistic abusers may try to isolate their victims so that there is a lower likelihood of anyone contradicting their lies. Isolation also leads the victim to become dependent on the abuser, as they go to them for all their human connection needs. 

To break this aspect of the cycle, victims can fill their time with visiting friends and family. This can help curb the desire to go back to the narcissist, as they can see what normal, healthy relationships look and feel like, as well as meet their needs for human connection. 

Rebuild your self-esteem.

Because narcissistic abusers tend to break down their victim’s self-esteem, it’s CRUCIAL that you participate in activities that can build back your confidence. These can be activities you may have loved, but abandoned as your trauma bond formed, or they can be new activities that can teach you that you can do hard things!

Here are some tips on how to rebuild your self-esteem:

Seek professional help.

The truth is, there’s no shame in needing a little help (or a lot of help!) from a professional. TBH, we believe EVERYONE would benefit from a little therapy. So, if you feel like you’re still drowning, seek out an expert in dealing with these heavy feelings.

Still feel a little wary about talking to a professional? Here’s Why You Should Talk to Someone from Him & Her. It’ll teach you all about the importance of therapy and breaking down the stigma of mental health support. 

Join a support group.

It’s always good to know you’re not alone! And you’re really, really not, babe. Trauma bonds can seriously happen to anyone—but it may seem like no one in your life understands, because they haven’t been there. This is where help from a support group comes in. Members of the support group HAVE been there, and some have made it far in their recovery. Whether you’re attending for commiseration or inspiration, hanging with people who know how you’re feeling can make things so much easier to deal with.

List of more ways to break the trauma bond with a narcissist

Don’t let a trauma bond with a narcissistic abuser steal your light!

You deserve to live your absolute BEST life, queen, and having your personality trampled under narcissistic abuse is definitely NOT IT. Now that you’ve got some tools to end it, we’re wishing you all the happiest, healthy relationships that could come your way. You deserve it!!! 

But, we realize you’ve got a big mountain to climb ahead of you. If you need some inspiration to keep the faith that you CAN emotionally recover from a divorce or cope with a breakup, check out the podcast Good Morning, Monster. It’s a podcast detailing the emotional recovery of Catherine Gildiner’s most heroic and memorable patients. We know you can be just as heroic, girl! If you need more advice or even just need a dose of positivity, find more bingeable podcasts on Dear Media

Why Do Podcasters Wear Headphones?

Ever wonder why do podcasters wear headphones? Well, they do serve a purpose. As a podcaster, you probably already know the importance of investing in quality equipment. Using the right tools and equipment can have a significant impact on your podcast quality, popularity, and overall success. While they might seem like just a small part of the system, headphones are considered to be one of the most important pieces of equipment that podcasters use. Wearing headphones when recording and editing podcasts can have a multitude of positive benefits on your podcast. In light of this, we’re sharing a quick roundup of the top reasons you should be using headphones while recording and the benefits of doing so!

Why Do Podcasters Wear Headphones?

Monitor Audio While Recording

When recording a podcast, it’s super helpful to be able to monitor your audio while recording. With a good pair of audio headphones, you will be able to hear exactly what your sound effects, music, and voice will sound like to your listeners. Hearing yourself while recording will allow you to make those tiny sound adjustments along the way that keep your sound quality high. After all, sound quality is one of the biggest keys to a successful podcast!

No Worrying About Microphone Placement

Microphone placement can be a struggle when recording a podcast. If you put it too far away, your listeners won’t be able to hear you. But put it too close and listeners can hear you breathing. Using a pair of headphones with a built in microphone, like the Audio-Technica ATH-M20X Professional Studio Monitor Headphones or the Sennhesier HD 280 PRO Headphones, can prevent any future worrying about getting that perfect microphone placement. Because the microphone is attached to your headphones, it is already in the optimal position to record hassle-free.

Avoid Speaker Bleed & Echos

Speaker bleeds and echoes are the worst and a sure sign of low production-quality. Echos and speaker bleeds can happen as a result of how you set up your podcast studio or when your microphone picks up any outside sounds (there tends to be a lot with remote recording!) or audio from your guests. For example, speaking to a guest over your computer speakers may cause your microphone to pick up echoes from the guests audio. Listening to your guest via podcast headphones, instead of playing the audio out loud, can completely eliminate this problem. Eliminating these imperfections before they happen will save you so much time editing on the back end!

Increases Sound Quality

Ask any pro and they will tell you: wearing quality headphones will increase your sound quality in so many ways! We’ve already mentioned how wearing headphones allows you to hear yourself and make adjustments, eliminate microphone flops, and prevent bleeds and echoes. But – there’s more! Wearing headphones can also help you keep your noise levels stable and out of the red zone, help you hear any “popping” you might be doing when saying certain words, and hear any ambient noise that might be affecting your audio. Your sound quality is one of the most important aspects of your podcast. So we recommend doing everything you can to keep your sound quality in tip-top shape!

Makes Editing Easier

Using headphones to edit your podcasts will save you so much time and frustration! Outside noises, “popping”, echos, bleeds, and more are sometimes super hard to hear when playing back your podcast without headphones. And you don’t want to miss any of these imperfections because your listeners WILL hear them. Headphones allow you to hear every little noise, good or bad. Plus, when you use noise-cancelling headphones, you can edit from pretty much anywhere without being distracted by those pesky background noises!

Don’t Forget Your Headphones!

So, as you can see, headphones are a super important piece of the puzzle when it comes to successful podcasting. Next time you’re recording or editing, make sure to grab those headphones and see the difference they can make for yourself! If you’re new to podcasting, we have everything you need to know to launch your podcast here on our Dear Media Blog! We have tons of content from podcast tips for beginners to how-to guides for creating episode titles, inviting guests, and so much more! Be sure to check out our recommendations for headphones above! Also continue your own research to find the pair that’s best for you! Good luck and happy podcasting!

The 10 Best ILYSM Podcast Episodes

The I Love You So Much podcast (ILYSM, for short) with Kenzie Elizabeth is all about helping you live your best life! ILYSM is one of the best confidence boosting podcasts and has over 170 episodes of inspiring content. Each and every episode will leave you wanting more! Get ready to hear about a wiiiiiide range of topics like branding, relationships, life tips, productivity, and mental health. Kenzie Elizabeth, podcast host, invites all types of intriguing guests like influencers, authors, artists, experts, etc. to share their experiences and inspire listeners. Keep reading for a roundup of the absolute best ILYSM episodes!

The 10 Best ILYSM Podcast Episodes

Food Combining with Kenzie Burke – 21 Day Reset, Eating Healthy, Creating Your Dream Life 

Welcome Kenzie Burke, a lifestyle influencer who has gained over 119,000 followers on Instagram by sharing her secrets for healthy eating. In fact, Kenzie Burke is a fan favorite and was one of the most requested guests by listeners of ILYSM. In this episode, she discusses how “food combining” can aid in digestion and lead to an overall healthier diet. And don’t worry, it doesn’t involve cutting out those delicious breads and pastas! You’ll also hear her top tips for fitness, health, and creating your dream life.

Master List with Maggie MacDonald 

Meet the one and only Maggie MacDonald, Youtube vlogger and influencer. With over 330 thousand subscribers, her brand is all things beauty, health, fitness, and lifestyle. Maggie sits down with Kenzie Elizabeth to share health and fitness tips and their must-have items that make life easier. They also dive into online privacy issues and what it’s like to start a Youtube channel.

Maggie MacDonald – Alcohol, Personal Growth, Health and Wellness, Motivation for 2021 & Setting Goals 

ILYSM fans LOVE Maggie MacDonald! With her humble nature and relatable advice, it’s no wonder she has racked up such a huge following. In this episode, Kenzie and Maggie talk all things personal growth from alcohol abuse to setting attainable goals.   This is a super inspirational, heartfelt, and honest conversation that will leave you wanting more!

Alisha Marie – Burn Out, Creating Healthy Work Habits, Mental Health Break, Growing An Online Platform & Healthy Routines 

Even from the very beginning, Kenzie Elizabeth has been hitting the mark by bringing on awesome guests. Welcome to the very first episode of ILYSM with special guest Alisha Marie. Alisha is a full-time Youtuber that makes hilarious and relatable videos about all things life, business, and beauty. This episode tackles burn out syndrome, signs that you need a break, healthy work habits, and how to grow a successful online platform.

Gals on The Go – Making Friends in Your Twenties, Living Alone, Comparison, Finding Motivation After a Rut & How To Gain Confidence 

In this episode, catch up with Danielle and Brooke, the hosts of the Gals on The Go podcast. The Gals of The Go podcast is all about lifestyle hacks and navigating life throughout those twenty-something years. Kenzie sits down with Danielle and Brooke to talk about living alone, how to make friends as a young adult, and how to move on from hard times. The trio also discuss the negative side effects of comparing ourselves to others and how to gain confidence through small life changes.

What We Said – Advice For Your Twenties, Letting Go Of Expectations of Your Own Life, Change is A Good Thing & Shedding False Narratives About Yourself 

If you love podcasts filled with relatable advice, girl talk, and inspiration – this is the episode for you! Meet Jaci and Chelsey, best-friends and podcast hosts of the What We Said podcast. What We Said and ILYSM are really similar lifestyle podcasts, which makes for a great crossover episode with Kenzie Elizabeth. In this episode, Kenzie, Jaci, and Chelsey talk about managing expectations in life, accepting changes as they come, and general advice for surviving your twenties.

The Morning Toast With Jackie Oshry – Queen of Pregnancy, Wedding Planning, Wellness & Books 

In this episode, you’ll meet Jackie Oshry – author, entrepreneur, Youtuber, and podcast host of The Morning Toast. The Morning Toast is one of the best female comedy podcasts with over 200 episodes that focus on current events and the relevant issues of the world we live in today. Kenzie and Jackie sit down for a talk about all things dating, wedding planning, pregnancy, and overall wellness.

Gals on the Go – Routines, Quarantine Must Haves, What We’re Learning, Making Real Friends 

Brooke and Danielle of Gals on the Go podcast really are always on the go! Kenzie welcomes the duo back in this episode for another round of girl talk and advice sharing. This week, the girls talk about all things quarantine from those must-have items to how developing new habits helped them survive. The girls also discuss how to develop true and lasting friendships and share their best general tips about life.

Remi Cruz- Weight Loss, Reinventing Yourself, Dealing with Negativity

If you love the ILYSM podcast, then you probably already know a little about the special guest featured in this episode! Remi Cruz or MissRemiAshten is a super famous lifestyle vlogger (and podcast host!). She has over 2.3 million subscribers on Youtube. She creates funny and entertaining videos mixing in comedy, anecdotes, lifestyle tips, cooking tips, the latest trends, and more! Kenzie sits down with Remi Cruz to talk about what it’s like to grow up on the Internet, how to deal with the haters, and accepting change. The ladies also have a conversation about weight loss and the unexpected positives and negatives that come with it.

Pretty Basic: Embarrassing Stories, Boy Updates, Working with your BFF

By popular demand, Kenzie welcomes back Alisha Marie AND Remi Cruz on this week’s episode of ILYSM. Alisha and Remi are the hosts of the Pretty Basic podcast – but their podcast is anything but basic! In this episode, the trio share what it’s like to work with your best friend, their most embarrassing stories, and their most awkward encounters with boys. Get ready to laugh and enjoy this hilarious girl talk episode!

BONUS: The Skinny Confidential | The Best Advice For Your Twenties, The Secrets To A Good Podcast & Making Your Dreams A Reality

After rebranding and coming back as House Guest with Kenzie Elizabeth, this podcast is truly better than ever! In this recent episode, Kenzie sits down with two of our other faves, Lauryn and Michael Bosstick of The Skinny Confidential. You’ll want tune in as they share advice for your twenties, insider secrets to podcasting, and how to find your true passion and pursue it.

Want more of ILYSM?

If you couldn’t tell, we absolutely LOVE the ILYSM podcast! Kenzie Elizabeth does an awesome job of picking interesting and relatable guests and we always look forward to her next episode! ILYSM is a must listen and it’s one of the best podcasts for female entrepreneurs looking for motivation and inspiration. Kenzie releases episodes of ILYSM each and every Wednesday and you can listen almost anywhere you listen to podcasts! You can find ILYSM on Apple Podcasts, Dear Media, or you can listen and watch the interview videos on Kenzie’s Youtube Channel. Don’t see your favorite episode? Have additional questions about ILYSM? Feel free to drop us a comment below!

Entrepreneur Stress Management

Yay – you’re an entrepreneur! You did it! But wait, what? Now that you’re the boss, you’ve got a whole new list of stressors that are causing you to worry and feel anxious.  Entrepreneurs are often faced with different kinds of stresses, whether they are from constant work pressures, deadlines, managing people, etc. And you might be thinking, stress is a normal part of life, right? Yes, it is! But the real issue here is prolonged stress.

As humans, we just aren’t built to withstand chronic stress and when we do, it can have plenty of negative effects on our mind and body. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), chronic stress can have negative effects on almost all the systems in your body including your musculoskeletal system, respiratory system, reproductive system, cardiovascular system, and the list goes on! To make sure that your stress doesn’t get the best of you, check out our top stress management techniques for entrepreneurs below.

Entrepreneur Stress Management

What Is Stress Management?

As an entrepreneur, learning how to manage stress is especially important because you’re the boss; you’re the one that’s setting an example and leading the charge! Chronic stress can have mental and physical effects like soreness, muscle aches, headaches, anxiety, and even depression and these ailments can definitely reduce your productivity. Chronic stress can also cause irritability and lessen your sex drive. This, in turn, can create issues in your personal and professional relationships.

So, first let’s talk about what stress management even is. Unfortunately, you can’t turn stress and anxiety on and off like light. Stress management is a process. Stress is unavoidable. So it requires practice and training and it’s all about handling stress as it comes to avoid getting overwhelmed. Stress management is the process of finding the best stress management techniques that work for you, and then implementing daily tasks to reduce anxiety and other physical and mental health problems by preventing stress from creeping back in. Here are our top tips for how to manage stress as an entrepreneur!

Stress Management Tips For Entrepreneurs

Identify the Causes of Stress:

First and foremost, figure out where those main stressors are coming from. Is it your workload? Do you work long hours? Is it your employees? Or is it because you need employees? Take some time to find out exactly where that stress is coming from so that you can anticipate it and maybe even prevent it in the future. Some great ways to locate the sources of your stress are to do some writing when you feel stressed and practice some mindful meditation. Doing these things can clear your head, open your eyes to the real issues at hand, and help you see past that emotional vail. Check out this episode of Backbone Not Wishbone to learn more about avoiding stress when running a business.

Heed the Body’s Stress Signals:

Listen to your body! Our minds and bodies have built-in alarm systems that let us know when something isn’t right. According to WebMD, there are tons of symptoms associated with chronic stress like depression, digestive issues, headaches, trouble sleeping, high blood-pressure, weight gain, inability to focus, and the list goes on. Be sure to take these symptoms seriously and don’t let the stress overcome you!

Check out this episode of Dear Gabby to learn some fantastic solutions for stress and anxiety.

Take a Break:

Don’t forget to give yourself a break! You might be thinking that this tip is an obvious one, but as an entrepreneur, finding scheduling time to stop and disconnect can be really hard. Make sure to set aside time to do something for yourself that is NOT work related and that offers an escape from those stressors. Consider a long nature walk, hitting the gym, or just taking a few minutes to take a deep breath and focus on some deep thinking to calm yourself. Maybe even take some time to listen to an inspirational entrepreneurial podcast like this episode from Trading Secrets. For more ideas about how to make the most of your break, check out these 7 ways to show up for yourself.

Delegate What You Can:

Work smarter, not harder! You’re not in this alone, so why are you doing all the heavy lifting? Take some time to learn what toxic productivity is and how to keep it in check. Delegate those time-consuming tasks to employees or consider a virtual assistant from a website like Upwork. Sharing the load with employees can greatly reduce your stress and prevent you from spreading yourself too thin. To learn more about the benefits of delegating, check out this episode of Unzipped.

Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle:

A great way to reduce stress is to adopt an effective routine that works for you and that contributes to a healthy lifestyle. A healthy sleep routine can keep you feeling energetic and ready to take on the day. Good sleep is essential to helping you process and deal with stress better by making you less emotional and more motivated. Eat healthy foods and avoid fast food and processed food as much as possible to more effectively manage stress. Eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet makes you feel good about yourself and gives you the energy you need to conquer the day. You can also adopt more specific routines like incorporating more mediation and mindfulness or this morning routine for success.

Find A Hobby:

Discovering a hobby or an activity that you enjoy releases endorphins to make you feel good in the short term, while helping reduce stress in the long term. No matter how much you love what you do, finding a passion separate from work is a great way to eliminate some of the causes of stress. A lot of entrepreneurs can greatly benefit from spending time doing things just for fun. Find something you enjoy, whether it’s yoga, hiking, painting, dancing, etc., and then incorporate your hobby into your regular routine.

Check out this episode of Balanced Black Girl to learn more about why we need hobbies for self-care.

Set Boundaries:

As an entrepreneur, you probably have a lot on your plate. It’s easy to become overwhelmed, which is why it’s more important than ever to set boundaries and learn to say no. For example, if you set aside time each day for self-care, block out your calendar or silence your phone to allow you to focus on your well-being without being interrupted.

Get Some Advice:

There are several ways you can get advice about managing stress. You can listen to podcasts on the subject, reach out to friends and family, read blogs, or speak to a therapist who can give you professional tips to help you understand how to manage stress (there is NO shame in asking for help). At Dear Media, we have a ton of helpful content for entrepreneurs. For advice about creating a more balanced work-home schedule, check out our top 30 time management tips for work life balance. For information on stress and mental health, feel free to check out our list of the best mental health podcasts. And lastly, for advice and inspiration about entrepreneurship, check out the best podcasts for female entrepreneurs.

If you’re an entrepreneur, how do you keep stress in check?

If you are an entrepreneur and have any incredible tips, please share in the comments below! The Dear Media community is all about lifting each other up so share the details pleas! The most important thing to remember about stress management is that you’re not alone; there are tons of people out there struggling with the same thing! And trust us, it gets easier! Stress management is a breeze once you’ve established what techniques work best for you and learned how to shift your mindset and stay focused. You’re an awesome entrepreneur who has already accomplished so much by simply becoming an entrepreneur. You got this! For tips on how to be a successful business owner, check out this episode of the Dream Bigger podcast.

Don’t be afraid to make the necessary changes so you can get out there and take risks! Listen to this awesome episode of Life with Mariana to learn why you should be taking risks as an entrepreneur. And for those days when it’s hard to leave the stress at the office, check out our blog about stress management techniques at home! If you have any additional tips, questions or comments, feel free to drop us a comment below!

How To End a Podcast

Ending a podcast episode with a bang is important to set your podcast apart from others and keep those listeners coming back for more. Your outro is just as important as your podcast intro.  So we really recommend taking some time here to create an original and catchy closing. An awesome outro should leave your listeners wanting more and give your audience something to think about after listening. It’s also the perfect opportunity to thank your hardcore listeners for listening all the way to the end! So, today we’re sharing a few practical and creative tips you can use to wrap up your podcast episodes. Plus!! Bonus points – create a lasting impression on your listeners.

How To End A Podcast

Thank Your Listeners

First things first, you want to give your loyal listeners some credit for tuning in. But it should be so much more than just a quick “Thanks for listening!”. Share some insight into the difference your listeners are making for you and your podcast, and how grateful you are for their support. Your thank you should be authentic and meaningful.

Be Intentional

Always be intentional when you’re wrapping up your podcast. Remember that both your intros and outros should serve a purpose. Your podcast ending is your final opportunity to leave your listeners with a great taste in their mouth and make them want to come back for more. So, be intentional with your closing and choose your final words with care and creativity. A well thought-out and original outro can help you grow your audience and retain more listeners!

Recap the Episode

An easy way to wrap up your podcast is by giving your listeners a quick recap of the episode. Use this time to talk about the main bullet points you made throughout the episode, what you want your listeners to take away from the episode, and what made that episode so special. You can even give listeners a little run down of what they can expect from your podcast in the future or from an upcoming episode with a teaser for the next episode. This is a great way to help listeners actually remember what you talked about and keep your podcast fresh in their mind!

Close with a Call to Action

It’s also a good idea to create a call to action (cta) to engage with listeners and get them to remember your podcast! Listeners love a call to action because it’s a way to interact with their favorite podcast in addition to just listening. No matter your niche, there are many ways you can incorporate a call to action in your episode outro script. Call to actions can be designed to help grow your podcast. For example, maybe you ask listeners to subscribe or share your show. You can also encourage listeners to take the advice you gave throughout the episode, point them towards another awesome episode, suggest they visit your website, or plug things like small businesses, charities, and local events in your area! Check out this episode of the Real Pod podcast for an example of ending an episode with a call to action.

Create a Unique Sign-Off

Really set your podcast apart by creating a unique sign-off! Try to think of something fun and interesting that you can do at the end of each podcast. Something that will keep your listeners tuned in till the end and coming back for more. For some inspiration, check out the We Met At Acme podcast.  Host Lindsey Metselaar wraps up each episode with an entertaining round of rapid fire questions. Another podcast with an awesome sign-off is Absolutely Not! Host Heather McMahan ends most episodes by answering hilarious voicemails and calls from listeners on her hotline. Other creative ways to sign-off include using unique podcast outro music or fun sound effects that your loyal listeners will quickly become familiar with.

Plug Yourself and Your Podcast

Don’t forget that you can totally close out your  great podcast episode by simply plugging yourself and your podcast! This is just one of many ways to promote your podcast. Your outro is a great time to plug past episodes that your listeners should check out. Or give them a sneak peek into future episodes. You can also point them to your emailing list, website, blog, show notes, affiliate links, Youtube channel, eCommerce page, social media, etc. Give yourself a shout out and let your listeners know how they can stay up to date on your podcast! And lastly, be sure to remind your listeners to rate and review your podcast. This is key to growing your audience!

Plug Your Guests

For those podcast hosts that bring on special guests, your outro is the perfect time to plug your guests! If you don’t bring on guests, but you’d like to, check out our blog about how to get guests for your podcast! Most likely your guest will be someone who owns a business, works in an awesome industry, has a rad story or tell, or someone who just does something cool. Plugging their business or project could be really beneficial to their cause and help them gain followers and support! No matter your guest, we’re willing to bet they’d love some sort of a shout out.

For an example of a podcast that closes by plugging their guests, check out this episode of Life with Marianna. Be sure to point your listeners in the direction of your guest’s social media and emailing list, and let your listeners know how they can keep up with your guest beyond the scope of your podcast. And for additional tips about hosting guests, check out our blog about the best questions to ask in a podcast interview!

How do you end a podcast?

No matter how you choose to end your podcast, just remember that your outro should be purposeful! Ending a podcast can be as simple or as creative as you want to make it. But it should always promote engagement with your listeners and keep them coming back for more. These are just a few tips out of many that you can use to help you create an awesome and impactful outro. Consider trying a few different methods, and see what works best for you and your podcast by learning how to measure podcast performance. Let us know which method works best for you below!

10 Best Friend Of A Friend Podcast Episodes

The Friend of a Friend podcast is one of the best podcasts for female entrepreneurs hosted by entrepreneur and founder Olivia Perez. On the show, Olivia welcomes the next generation of luminaries, up-and-comers, and game-changers from all over the world to share their experiences on her podcast. You’ll hear from thought leaders, visionaries, activists, artists, influencers, and more. On the show, the guests talk everything from making it in various niches, to answering your career questions, & so much more.

Olivia Perez is an entrepreneur herself, and loves connecting with the great minds of today. Friend of a Friend podcast introduces you to those that have accomplished big things, their advice, and the real stories behind their success. So if you’re looking for inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. Check out the top 10 episodes of Friend of a Friend below!

10 Best Friend Of A Friend Podcast Episodes

Maggie Rogers: Artist

Hear from GRAMMY-nominated singer, Maggie Rogers, as she sits down to discuss her journey in the music industry with podcast host, Olivia Perez. Maggie’s music has surpassed over 650 million streams all over the world – WOW! They also discuss Maggie’s rise to stardom, what she’s doing now, and life after touring. Pus, get ready to hear about her next big business venture.

Joe Holder: Nike Master Trainer, Performance Consultant, Co Founder of System of Service

Olivia releases a special series with her friend and business partner, Joe Holder, every Monday. In fact, this is the first episode of that series. So it’s a great place to start if you’ve never listened to Friend of a Friend. Olivia and Joe talk about anything and everything in this series. In addition, they give us an inside look at their organization, System of Service. In this episode, you’ll meet Joe and hear about how the duo is coping with quarantine. Also, hear about how incorporating some new daily habits can improve your life.

Caroline Daur: Fashion Blogger and Media Mogul

Caroline Daur is a fashion blogger and mogul known for her partnerships with amazing brands like Fendi, Adidas, Nike, Dior, Valentino, Levis, and more! She’s even been featured in magazines like Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar. Hear about her rise to popularity, how she uses social media to her advantage, and the small German village where it all began.

Kirsty Godso: Energy Dealer

Meet fitness luminary and entrepreneur, Kirsty Godso. Kirsty is a one-of-a-kind fitness instructor, a Nike Master Trainer and spokeswoman, and also owns two companies –  Pyrogirls and Made Of. In this episode, Olivia and Kirsty talk about living in the big apple and how Kirsty is challenging gender norms in the gym.

Devon Lee Carlson: Model, Co-Founder of Wildflower Cases 

Devon Lee Carlson is down-to-earth, hilarious, and one of the most popular influencers on the internet right now. She is also a co-founder of Wildflower Cases. In this episode, Olivia and Devon talk about the responsibility and hardships that come with being an influencer and what it’s like to work in a family business.

Joe Holder and Olivia Perez on Activism, Embracing Anxiety, And Investigating Your Mental Health

In another episode from Olivia’s series with Joe, we hear about a wide range of interesting, and super relevant, topics. They discuss mental health and anxiety, George Floyd and civil unrest, and Joe’s latest initiative, Intergenerational Health. Olivia and Joe also take some time to answer questions submitted by listeners via Instagram.

Living Zero Waste with Lauren Singer, Founder of Package Free Shop

Lauren Singer lives a completely waste free life and we are impressed to say the least. She is the founder of Package Free Shop, the soon-to-be largest distributor of sustainable products in the world. Get ready to hear all the best tips and tricks to living a zero waste life and how living waste free can make you happier, healthier, and save you a ton of money. Plus, get the scoop on why the word “sustainable” is gaining such a negative reputation!

Sami Miro: Impact Designer

In this episode, we meet a fashion designer who is paving the way for renewable and impactful fashion. Sami Miro, founder of Sami Miro Vintage, creates one-of-a-kind pieces by sourcing and redesigning vintage clothing. Her designs have been worn by popular celebrities today like Kendall Jenner, Selena Gomez and Drake. Hear about all her hard work and the challenges she faces with fashion sustainability today!

Sheena Yaitanes: Founder, Kosas Beauty

Sheena Yaitanes is super inspiring and reminds us that we can do absolutely anything we put our minds to. Kosas Beauty, her clean beauty brand, got its start at her kitchen table and is now an internationally known line of beauty products. Celebrities like Gweneth Paltrow and Gisele Buchananon love Sheena’s brand and you can find her products at Sephora and Goop. Hear all about how Sheena built her brand from nothing and how she plans to redefine the beauty industry moving forward!

Khruangbin’s Laura Lee On Creating A Sound And Identity That’s Uniquely Yours

Laura Lee is one of three band members in the iconic band Khruangbin. She is an absolute badass bassist and her band is known for their instantly recognizable and individual sound. It’s a blend of soul, funk, and disco. Laura gives us the scoop on her on-stage persona, the creation of the band, their most recent album, and what they’re doing next!

Do you listen to the Friend of a Friend Podcast?

We heard from a friend of a friend that you should totally check out this podcast! Olivia Perez and her game-changing guests do a great job at teaching us how to shift our mindset and stay focused to achieve our goals! With over 100 episodes of inspirational and influential content, there is something for everyone here. We’ve given you the low-down on the top 10 episodes, and we’d love to hear which one is your favorite! So let us know which episode of Friend of a Friend is your favorite below!

16 Healthy Ways To Cope With A Breakup

Breakups: they’re inevitable, unavoidable and as much as our feeble hearts hate it, they’re just a normal part of life. But, knowing that doesn’t make breakups any easier! They are among the most painful and stressful events a person can experience and they’re accompanied by a wide range of negative feelings and emotions including sadness, grief, and anger to deal with. This can really have an effect on your overall well-being!

We hate to break it to you, but healing from that broken heart takes time and patience! It’s hard to figure out how to forgive someone who hurt you. There will probably be times when you’ll want to resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms, but binging on ice cream and rom coms is not the answer. There are more healthy ways to cope with a breakup. Which is why we’re here to show you the top 16 healthiest ways to cope with a breakup. Coping the healthy way will benefit you more in the long-run and there are tons of ways to speed up the healing process!

16 Healthy Ways To Cope With A Breakup

Take a Time Out:

Breakups cause a spectrum of emotions that will have your head absolutely spinning. And while you might be thinking of doing something drastic, it’s never a good idea to make big decisions when your emotions are running high. Take a quick time out to just allow yourself to process the shock of the breakup, you deserve it! During your time out, listen to We Met At Acme’s Ghosting, Healing from Break Ups, And Attachment Styles (The Book “Attached”) Ft. Amy Chan to remind yourself that you’re not going through this alone!

Examine What You’ve Learned from this Relationship:

Start your healing process by reflecting on what you learned from your relationship. It may be over, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t learn some valuable life lessons from the situation. Think about, and maybe even write down, what you did and didn’t like about your relationship. Then use these lists as an opportunity to think about what you really want out of long-term romantic relationships.

Reach Out to Your Support System:

Remember that you absolutely do not have to go through your breakup alone! Hanging out with friends and family members can be a great way to cope with your breakup. Your support system can help you in so many ways from just being there to talk, to helping with cooking or cleaning while you’re taking time to process your emotions. Let your support system do what it’s meant to do….support you!

Be Patient with Yourself:

What’s the big hurry? These things take time. And by these things, we mean recovering from a broken heart. Just be patient with yourself! Every breakup is different and it’s not a competition to see how fast you can move on. This is a time of self exploration and reflection. So don’t feel pressured to get back out there before you’re ready. For more tips on how to be patient with yourself, check out The Uncomfortable Podcast: Getting Over A Break Up, How to Put Yourself Out There Again, Loving Yourself.

Do Something You Love:

Think of something you absolutely love doing…something that you haven’t done in a really long time. Now, go do it! Doing something you love will bring you joy and brighten your outlook on life. It will remind you that the end of a relationship is not the end of your life, it’s just the start of something new! We recommend listening to It Sure Is A Beautiful Day – Breakup, Betrayal, and Back to Self for more ideas about how you can get back to your true self.

Find a New Hobby:

Is there something you always wanted to try, but never had the time? Now is your chance to take the extra time you’re not spending with your ex, and put it to better use! Try something new like hiking, painting, crafting, writing, work on a business plan, or whatever your heart desires. You’ll see that a new hobby can be both a great distraction from your breakup and a fun way to learn how to do something new.

Try Meditation:

Meditation is an extremely calming practice that can bring you both relaxation and clarity. You can do it anywhere, which makes it a great stress relief practice you can do at home alone if you don’t feel like going out. Taking some time to meditate each day is a great way to reconnect with yourself mentally and physically and clear your head of all those negative emotions. And meditating doesn’t have to be super time consuming either; try meditating for just ten minutes each day and you might be surprised by the positive effects.

Start a Journal:

Writing down your feelings and emotions is a super healthy way to cope with the wide range of emotions that come along with breakups. Writing is a great way to reflect on your relationship and the things you’d like to change moving forward. Getting your feelings out of your head and onto paper can bring that sense of relief and closure you need in order to move on.

Prioritize Self Care:

Now that you’re single, it’s time to put yourself first! You can prioritize self care by doing some of the things we already mentioned like trying meditation or starting a journal. But you can also prioritize self care by doing a little something extra for yourself. Consider taking a nice bath, doing a facemask, cleaning or rearranging your room, buying yourself something special, or listening to a podcast. Check out these 10 ways to show up for yourself for more tips on how to put yourself first.

Listen To Podcasts About Breakups

Podcasts are a great way to gain perspective and insight. So instead of binge watching TV that is meant to distract you, tune in to some podcasts that help you grow. You’ll give yourself time to reflect and go through the grieving process. Plus hopefully move forward with a more well rounded view of your break up. If you don’t know where to start, this list of the best podcasts for breakups has it all!

Get Some Good Sleep:

Good sleep is essential to process emotions in a healthy way. Lack of sleep can cause you to be more emotional and can make your feelings seem heightened and overwhelming. Consider getting into a better sleep routine, even if it’s short term, as you process your breakup. Small adjustments like going to bed early and getting at least seven hours of sleep can greatly improve your ability to cope with your breakup.

Do Some Exercise:

Let’s get physical! Getting some exercise will make you feel so much better, both physically and mentally. Put all that pent up energy into something productive! Once you get those endorphins flowing, you’ll see that your mood has been greatly improved. Just be sure to take it slow, and don’t over-exert yourself – this workout should be about feeling good!

Eat Healthy:

Eating healthy is important because making sure your body is getting plenty of water, vitamins, and nutrients will make you feel better in general. Getting over a breakup is exhausting, and if you’re not eating healthy, it will be even harder to process those emotions. If you’re feeling tired and worn down, try changing up your diet to include more fruits and vegetables and less junk food and soda. This will make sure your body is getting the energy it needs to cope with this breakup!

Keep Busy:

Keeping busy is a great coping strategy to keep in mind while dealing with a breakup! To stay busy, you can do things like attend sports games in your area, hit the coffee stand, do some window shopping, or do literally anything else that you enjoy. This will keep you distracted from all those breakup feelings and it will give you the opportunity to meet new people!

Get Back Out There:

Let’s talk about getting back in the saddle! Getting back out there with an open heart might seem intimidating. However the best way to overcome your fear is to face it head on. There are plenty of ways to ease back into dating and it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. A great place to start is listening to podcasts like House Guest with Kenzie Elizabeth: BREAK UP BOOT CAMP | Attachment Theory, Heartbreak in The Brain, Getting Over Your Ex & How To Move On and Relationshit – Moving On and Leveling Up with Bri Springs to get some advice. Then, consider going out with friends, hitting your favorite bar, or downloading dating apps like Tinder or Bumble. You got this!

Seek Outside Help if Needed:

Let’s be clear – there is absolutely no shame in seeking outside help if you’re really struggling with your breakup. There are professional therapists out there who are trained specifically to help people through these exact types of situations. Your mental health should be your top priority and a therapist will be able to give you the expert, medical advice you need to pick yourself back up and move on!

How do you cope with a breakup?

Breakups are hard, to say the least. There are tons of healthy ways to cope with a breakup to keep you from spiraling into an unhealthy pattern of self-doubt and loneliness. Coping the healthy way may even heal that heartbreak faster than you thought possible! We’ve recommended our top 16 healthy ways to cope with a breakup. So now we want to hear your tips on how you survived your last heartbreak. Drop your suggestions below!