Apr 15, 2020
Podcasts for Working From Home
By Tabitha Hochscheid
I am currently spending most days in my home office and only going to my “real” office to get mail a few times a week. I miss my office colleagues, my CBA committee meetings, my fellow gym-goers, my weekly in-person happy hour and dining out at my favorite restaurants with my husband, among other things. I am worried about the financial future of our industry and economic fall-out on my client’s and friends. With so much extra time on my hands, I can find plenty of things to think/worry about. It is impossible to completely avoid bad news as the COVID-19 crisis moves into April.
One way we can help ourselves is to do positive things for ourselves and others. There are many supportive sources of information online. I have started listening to some podcasts which help me cope with the uncertainty. Here’s a list of podcasts I find particularly helpful in these uncertain times:
Make Me Smart from Marketplace
I find comfort in educating myself about economics. Now, that may sound a little odd, but the hosts are real about the emotions of dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, working from home and they explain what the economic news means to our individual lives.
Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
Brené Brown's books are amazing. Her work centers around vulnerability and leadership, among other things. When I found out she was launching a new podcast, I was ecstatic. Ironically, her new podcast was launched at the same time as the Covid-19 crisis. Her first episode is called the FFT or F***ing First Time, which, as you can imagine, is very relevant these days.
Being Well with Dr. Rick Hanson
Father and Son Forrest and Rick Hanson explore family and relationships and building inner strengths through neuroscientific principles. The most recent topic is Coping with Quarantine which covers the changing roles during quarantine and handling relationships with ourselves and others while we are staying at home.
Tara Brach is a psychologist and meditation instructor. Her talks/lectures center around her practice, known as R.A.I.N: Recognize what is happening; Allow the experience to be there, just as it is; Investigate with interest and care; and Nurture with self-compassion.
TED Talks Daily and The TED Interview
Both podcasts have interviews and episodes about the COVID-19 crisis and coping. One recent episode, “It's OK to Feel Overwhelmed”, with author Elizabeth Gilbert, is excellent.
In closing, our lives are roller coasters right now. Many of us, myself included, feel we aren’t doing enough lawyering. Being with family, being a home schooler or just being alone under a stay at home order can challenge our coping skills and sense of productivity. Find comfort in the shared humanity of being in this together. When or if you need a mental health booster shot, try listening to podcasts. You will soon realize you are not alone at all and we are all in this together. Be safe and well.