5 POC Podcasts: Self-Care Through Sound

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With all the current events going on, the world feeling like a cesspool a negativity, sometimes the healthy thing to do is to step back. Self-care is making sure that your needs come first in the world. There are many ways to perform self-care and it’s become a topic of many podcast episodes. These are my ones – all from people of color – that discuss self care as a concept and ways that it can be implemented in your life.

All of these episodes can be found on iTuns.

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Anzalduing It: Ep. 4: Self Care and Toxic Relationships

Favorite quote:
“I think self care can fall into the trap of people thinking, ‘Oh it means I have to spend all my money and get fourteen bath bombs at Lush’. No I don’t care how many bath bombs you use, if you don’t process your issues, that’s not gonna help.”
- Angelica Becerra

Anzalduing It is hosted by the amazing duo consisting of Angelica Becerra and Jackie Cáraves,  “two best friends and queer Latinxs on a budget.” In the podcast, the two talk about whatever comes to mind and the topics can range from the Zodiac sign (aka the Walter Mercado corner) to white supremacy. In this episode the duo talk about toxic relationships and how to grow from them. They also dish out their “self care arsenals” and how to care for yourself and others.

Listen to it here.

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Still Processing: We Care For Ourselves and Others In Trump’s America

Favorite Quote:

“The psychotherapeutic community is a wisdom community. I, with regularity, seek out people who know more than I do because I don’t know what to do. I think it’s really useful to interact with people that have a longer time horizon. People don’t have to reinvent the wheel”
- Dr. Matthew Steinfeld

Still Processing is hosted by Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris, both writers for the New York Times, and focuses on pop culture and how it relates to current events. Not only do they have amazing guests (Barry Jenkins, Jordan Peele), they also have such soothing calming voices that not only get across information but listening to the podcast could be self-care in itself. In this episode, they talk to Dr. Matthew Steinfeld about what self-care actually is and how this political climate is shaping the meaning of self-care. ***Also bonus at the end: Jenna gives out some essential oil and natural remedies to keep you calm through the fall.  

Listen to it here.

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See Something, Say Something: Episode 13: Self-Care and Salt Bae

Favorite quote:
“Send us your favorite memes so we can laugh. Laughing is good, the best self-care.”

See Something, Say Something is the “podcast where we drink chai, tell stories and talk about being Muslim in America.”  It’s hosted by Ahmed Ali Akbar and this episode is a little old (released on 45’s inauguration day). There’s a mix of laughter and somberness, but overall it’s about self-care and learning how something as simple as looking at memes on the internet is self-care. There’s a lot of guests in this podcast, so it feels like you’re in a room full of people.

Listen to it here.

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Latinos Who Lunch: Ep. 32: Guilty Pleasures

Favorite Quote:
“Guilty pleasures should be something we need to be ashamed of. We need to dig deep, bitch.”
– FavyFav

FavyFav and Babelito are Latinos Who Lunch. The two have such an amazing rapport, sometimes it feels like you are just listening to a conversation between friends instead of a podcast. Even though the episode is more about guilty pleasures, it still covers the topic of just enjoying things and being unapologetic about it. Sometimes enjoying something is self-care.

Listen to it here.

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Morado Lens: Ep. 11: Self-Love, Family Expectations and What All That Means in the Latinx Community

Favorite Quotes:
“It took someone else to look at me and say, ‘You need you chill out. You got Mother Theresa tendencies. You leave yourself last all the time.’ In my head I was like, ‘That’s the way it’s supposed to be. Isn’t it?’”

Cindy Rodriguez and Nathalie Farfan are two lifelong friends who are also both brujas. In this episode of Morado Lens, they talk about how self-care and self-love are interpreted in the Latinx community. It’s fascinating to see how culture and mental health interact, especially when it comes to women of color.

Listen to it here.


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Kelly Duarte is a Guatemalan-American writer and artist that’s really into pop culture (probably too much).
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