When you are in pain and exhausted it’s hard to keep on top of the housework. I have many strategies to help me but distraction is my first line of defence. Piles of dirty dishes? There’s nothing like an episode of Chat10Looks3 to keep you riveted to the kitchen sink.
I have several podcasts I’ve subscribed to that (fairly!) regularly deliver new episodes and are perfect for getting me through my domestic tasks. It’s not enough to learn to love domestic work. When you’re in pain and exhausted it’s hard to find the motivation to tackle cleaning the bathroom or mopping the floor. Podcasts really help me. I choose upbeat and ‘light’ ones where I can have a laugh and it doesn’t matter if I miss a bit while focussed on the task I’m performing. I can always go back later and listen to the bit I’ve missed. It’s not like a true-crime or detail-dependent non-fiction podcast where if you miss something the rest of the podcast doesn’t make sense.
This has gone gangbusters since I first started listening in 2017. Chat10Looks3 is a perky podcast by Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales. Start from the beginning to avoid a major feeling of FOMO and don’t forget to check out all the links. They have a Facebook group if that floats your boat.
I was fortunate to attend a talk given by Ajahn Brahm several years ago and I’ve been a fan ever since. His unbridled joy of life is infectious and you don’t have to be a Buddhist to gain something from his talks. His talks on mindfulness, adversity and having compassion for yourself will resonate with anyone suffering from chronic pain. He even has a talk on chronic pain. Want something visual? Subscribe to the Buddhist Society of Western Australia’s YouTube channel. He also has a series of books. I purchased Who ordered this truckload of dung? years ago and immediately lent it to a recently bereaved friend.
You don’t have to be a fan of Wil Anderson to enjoy this podcast although it might help when he gets a bit ‘interrupty’. His guests are superb and it’s nice to deviate beyond promoting their latest project.
If you know Craig Parkinson from his performance in Line of Duty, you may be shell shocked to discover his talents as an interviewer and podcaster. Some of his subjects may be unfamiliar to Australian audiences but his interview style is such that you’ll find them engaging and interesting. I started out by cherry-picking the interviews I wanted but accidentally downloaded his episode with Joan As Police Woman. I loved it and hung onto every word.
This podcast doesn’t necessarily fit the bill of ‘regular’ but it’s perfect for housework. Gladwell takes something we think we know and invites us to look at it differently. Very differently. Don’t miss the episode on school segregation. Oh, and you’ll never look at a McDonald’s french fry the same way ever again. Pass me the lard.