Look, it’s a troubling time for us young people, trying to live in a society run by Boomers who think we spend all our money on brunches and make all our life decisions based on horoscopes.
We’re considered fiscally irresponsible and socially inept because we’re not bosom buddies with our neighbour in the apartment across the way who inexplicably blasts dubstep at 3 in the morning.
Cough. Also, we always on them phones.
So what are you supposed to do when it feels like your life is in chaos? Your savings are abysmal, your energy and passion for life is dwindling, and let’s not even go near your romantic aspirations. But you can’t ask your parents for advice cause they’re breathing down your neck, and Facebook is a swamp of judgey assholes who can’t wait to scorn your life choices.
Thankfully, we have a line-up of podcasts ready to softly caress your face and tell you how okay it’s all going to be, and it’s all part of a five-step plan to be the better you.
Step 1 Is Admitting You’re A Mess
No shade, I swear! Everyone is a little messy from time to time, and I am yet to meet anyone who has it all together as much as their Instagram would suggest. Not only does Confessions Of A Twenty Something Train Wreck address pretty much every quarter-life crisis under the sun, but it’ll probably feel great just to hear how common all the trials and tribulations are.
Host Phoebe Parsons quickly reminds you how very not alone you are, and that ultimately once you overcome your obstacles, you’ll look back and find them hilarious. Her and her guests’ pearls of wisdom are unending – Dating woes? Check your compatibility by asking a potential partner what Instagram meme pages they follow. Frittering away your income? Feel your Europe trip in your heart and make those little sacrifices to get there.
Step 2 Is Getting Ready To Change
Much like the humble caterpillar must first make itself a cocoon before transforming into a butterfly, so too must you enter a state of being that will maximise your own transformation.
Best way to get into the right mindset is to listen to inspo from those who have gone before, like Annie and Bianka, who are not afraid to tackle the biggest of lifestyle choices in We Want To Be Better.
Hey, it might even expose you to things you didn’t even realise were a problem, like ‘common enemy intimacy’ (AKA bitching to your pals), or feeling less guilty for living away from your parents.
Step 3 Means Prioritising Your Health And Wellbeing
It’s going to be extra difficult to fix all your bad habits and do a total 180 without first focusing on your health, because your fitness and food choices make an enormous impact on your happiness and therefore your outlook on life.
Better For It is a podcast that educates and inspires, and addresses your whole health – not just your gym membership status. Katie Williams, an ex-sprinter, brings influential people onto the show who are well versed in nutrition, training, body image and other social barriers to good health.
Even if you’re not keen to jump in the deep end of the fitness world, this podcast is going to – at the very least – equip you to love your corporeal form more.
Step 4 Is A Total Relationship Audit
Love is hard. Especially when you’ve been loving for a very long time. But no matter where you are in your romantic journey – from the Tinder swipers to the married with kids crowd – you occasionally need the escape of a good news story regardless of how much you can empathise.
And that’s where Cameron and Alison come in. Far from being the ‘perfect couple’, their marriage has had its really bad low points (not improved by their high profile careers as a media personality and model respectively). Cameron Daddo even hosted a TV dating show, so you’d think he’d be an expert, right?! But in Separate Bathrooms, you’ll learn that an amateur’s take is exactly what you need to understand the realities of love, and you’ll probably take on a few life lessons along the way.
Step 5 Is Your Dream Home, Sorted.
And last but absolutely not least is by far the most ambitious step (if certain headlines are anything to go by) – home ownership. If you step back from all the dumb memes for a sec, you might actually learn a little about how to pull off your ambitions.
Not to get too inception-y here, but Frasers Property has put together their own five-step to your fantasy home, sharing some actual practical tips when it comes to location, design, and of course budget. In First Home How To, they even go into detail about how environmentally-friendly architecture and construction can save you money in the long run. It’s not as much of a long shot as you think it is!