Time or cash poor doesn’t mean you have to neglect self-care, thanks to the array of marvellous resources on YouTube. Yes, it can be a maze and, yes, for every video gem you run the risk of stumbling across a turd. But, whatever your wellbeing interest, whether it’s mind, body or soul – for me it’s all three – you can find a favourite channel. So, to save you time and turds, here is a selection of the library I’ve created for myself over the last couple of years.
Jessica Smith TV – Best for fun, fitness variety
The description on Jessica Smith’s YouTube channel is one of the best and most accurate I’ve ever read: “If fad diets, extreme workouts and infomercial products have failed you, you’ve come to the right place! No crazy exercises, revealing outfits or negative energy here… just common-sense fitness, advice and support from a friend and certified personal trainer, instructor and wellness coach.”
Jessica’s playlists are curated so that you can easily find the type and length of workout you’re looking for. The only problem you will have is choosing. As a fitness instructor myself, Jessica is my particular YouTuber crush because each video is packed with the sort of knowledge and spot-on teaching points you’d expect from a pro with over 15 years of experience in the industry. And the best bit is you get to work-out with her for free, and without leaving the house.
Yoga With Adriene – Yoga with a friendly face
Adriene Mischler has a huge international following and for good reason. Despite its meteoric success, her channel has retained its friendly, relaxed, almost homely feel. Adriene has a yoga routine for every requirement and every level. There is even a class tailored to teachers, and every one is shot-through with warmth, humour and charm.
Tara Brach – Like a holiday for your head
Tara Brach has a voice like velvet, making her teachings, which blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual wisdom, even easier to absorb and just a little bit addictive (probably not quite the right word to use for videos on Buddhist practices but never mind).
Tara encourages us to treat ourselves and others with compassion and brings to life the power of meditation to transform people’s lives through story-telling, scientific findings and loving-kindness meditation.
The School of Life – Broadening the mind
The School of Life champions the life-enhancing value of lifelong learning and personal growth. Topics encompass philosophy, psychotherapy, literature and art and the channel addresses a whole range of issues that affect us on a personal and societal level, from the importance of meaningful work to relationships and love. Founded by author and philosopher, Alain de Botton, the School of Life also has actual campuses around the world devoted to emotional education.
Shelly Dose Fitness – When you just need to jump around and let off steam
My husband calls Shelly Dose the ‘crazy lady’ and her high-energy personality and routines to match are definitely pretty out there. These videos are perfect for when you need to de-stress and fire up your endorphin levels. Her videos range from low to high impact, HIIT and full-body strength workouts and, on top of her relentless positivity, her six-pack alone provides plenty of motivation.
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