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Wellness Pod of the Week: Here's why The Good Glow is a stand-out in the self-care canon

‘The time has come for us to put ourselves higher on our own To-Do list.’

THE FIRST SEASON of The Good Glow, a podcast hosted by Georgie Crawford, came to an end last Sunday with an episode that was undoubtedly best saved for last.

In it, Georgie sits down with her mother, Siobhan, to discuss the extent to which Georgie’s diagnosis of breast cancer last year at the age of 32 impacted their lives, relationships, and perspective on the future.

Over the course of the previous six episodes, The Good Glow has given a platform to various well-known women, including Doireann Garrihy and Caroline Foran, from which they share their own stories of mental wellness, and while Georgie is no means removed as a host, it seemed fitting to round the series off with an episode dedicated solely to her, her family and their story.

If nothing else, it acted as a poignant and, at times, heartwrenching reminder as to how qualified Georgie is to host a show dedicated to the importance of self-care and positive change.

Over the last year during my treatment for breast cancer, I have realised the importance of self-care; whether it’s a visit to the gym, a check-up with your GP, or even a five-minute meditation, the time has come for us to put ourselves higher on our own To-Do list.

Since its launch shortly before Christmas, The Good Glow has amassed 100,000 ‘listens’, featured on Spotify’s Top Podcast chart and found itself a well-deserved space in the self-care canon, but if you’ve yet to tune in, let’s give you a brief overview.

So, what can you expect?

The format is about as simple and straightforward as they come, with each episode averaging between 40 and 60 minutes, making it a perfect accompaniment to the morning commute.

Each week, Georgie sits down with her guest, and together they discuss the various methods they employ in order to ensure they make themselves and their mental wellness a priority.

Anxiety, depression and shame in addition to nutrition, therapy and self-love feature heavily throughout the series as guests relate their path in life, and discuss the pivotal moments which ultimately signalled a need to, as Georgie says, put themselves higher on their To-Do list.

The conversations are intimate and heartfelt, without being mawkish, and – if nothing else – remind us that no one person is immune to the internal and external struggles which manifest from simply navigating your own path in life.

What can you take from it?

Naturally, no two guests have walked the same paths or been confronted with the same obstacles, so it stands to reason that no two listeners will internalise the same message.

You may not be able to relate to each episode in its entirety, but you will almost certainly take at least one sentiment or lesson from each guest’s story.

The Good Glow is virtuous in its intention, heartfelt in its approach and engaging in its delivery, making it a worthy contender for your subscription list, especially if you decided 2019 would be the year you give self-care the recognition it deserves.

Reviews

Absolute fantastic series. I have loved every minute of listening and look forward to it every week.
I only started listening two weeks ago (my first time listening to any podcast) but I have listened to all the podcasts more than once. I can’t believe this is the last one. Those are inspirational women you’ve spoken with, and I feel part of something special having listened to them.
Loving the podcast. Probably one of the only podcasts that I am planning on re-listening to so I can soak up all of those wise words.

Pro-tip: Listen out for the Claire Solan episode.

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