Podcasts make me grumpy

Podcasts make me grumpy, and it has nothing to do with their quality or content.? It’s just podcasts in general.? I’ve been pretty stressed lately.? Not entirely sure why, because work is damn fun.? It might just be that there is too much on in my life.

When I have a break, perhaps during a walk or during my commute, I listen (well, listened now) to podcasts.? Problem is, I’d be having a break from work, trying to clear my head, and these podcasts would be filling my head with more information.? More ideas, more news, more concepts, more trivia… STOP.

I’ve gone back to listening to music.? A bit of classical, some dance, perhaps some Damien Rice or John Legend.? And I’m finding I have a clearer head and less stress.? And I have more ideas.? Strange eh?? ? Put in? fewer ideas, but get more out.

Empty your cup grasshopper.

Music to me is meditative.? Podcasts have become (always were?) mind-noise.? Sorry Leo, Kevin, Dan,? and others.

2 Replies to “Podcasts make me grumpy”

  1. I’ve bounced around with this idea and definitely find that Podcasts are something more, I think, than simple mind-noise. That said, they’re not ‘helpful’ or even good for you if you don’t give your brain time to digest. NPR shows do this by placing musical segments after information segments — not even very long ones, but enough to give your brain time to think about what you just heard (or about what you need to buy at the grocery store) and it makes a world of difference. I don’t think Cold Turkey is the way to go, I think finding a good balance of Podcasts and Music (or, heck, silence!) is the way.

  2. I've bounced around with this idea and definitely find that Podcasts are something more, I think, than simple mind-noise. That said, they're not 'helpful' or even good for you if you don't give your brain time to digest. NPR shows do this by placing musical segments after information segments — not even very long ones, but enough to give your brain time to think about what you just heard (or about what you need to buy at the grocery store) and it makes a world of difference. I don't think Cold Turkey is the way to go, I think finding a good balance of Podcasts and Music (or, heck, silence!) is the way.

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