So far, 2020 has been a whirlwind year for people across the globe. From heartwarming stories of neighbours banding together through lockdown to dealing with the stress and hardship of the global pandemic, the past few months have been, dare we say it, unprecedented.

To help soothe your mind and body, we're looking at just some of the Irish podcasts that are sharing helpful and informative advice on keeping your physical and mental health in check.

NB: These podcasts are a great way to hear top tips and opinions from experts but, should you have any concerns for your mental or physical health, you should contact your GP.

1. Gutcast
Mental health is a growing concern for those living with inflammatory bowel disease with existing high levels of stress and anxiety compounded by COVID-19. Gutcast, an eight-part series on life with Crohn's and Colitis, is offering practical advice and information for people living with IBD in a digital format. From sex and relationships to managing fatigue, this series will address the key questions and concerns of those living with IBD.

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2. Owning It: The Anxiety Podcast
This practical and relaxed series from author Caroline Foran explores everything from how our brains work and why it's actually very normal to the various tools and techniques necessary for owning it. As well as covering real-time panic attack recovery and the differences between emotional stress and mental illness, this podcast deals with the specific worries that come with living in lockdown and coming out of it.

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3. Ready to Pop: The Ultimate Pregnancy Podcast
Yep, another podcast from Caroline Foran. The new mum has created a six-part series that will take listeners through the experience of pregnancy, from start to finish. From getting pregnant - with tips from a fertility expert - and coping with the first trimester to dealing with anxiety while pregnant and preparing for labour, this podcast will keep you company until you're 'ready to pop'.

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4. You OK?
RTÉ's podcast about support. The series, hosted by Jan Ní Fhlanagain, doesn't offer a magic solution to the complex emotions we're all feeling during the coronavirus pandemic, but it does offer a safe space to hold those emotions, to engage with them and to take a moment in the madness, to mind our mental health. This series has episodes dealing with re-entry anxiety, parenting in pandemic, and grieving without the usual rituals.

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5. Where Is My Mind?
In this podcast, Niall 'Bressie' Breslin shows listeners how to combat the stresses and building pressures of modern-day life with the practice of mindfulness. With a Masters in mindfulness-based interventions behind him, the Blizzards' frontman is asking people to switch off, put down the phone and embrace being in the moment.

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6. Real Health with Karl Henry
Overwhelmed with all the fitness and nutrition advice on social media? Operation Transformation fitness expert Karl Henry cuts through all the nonsense and tells us exactly what we need to be doing to live healthier lifestyles. Plus, for those of you interested in the science of health, Karl will go through the ins and outs of why certain things are good for us and why others aren't.

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7. The Good Glow
Since recovering from breast cancer, Georgie Crawford has made it her mission to host and encourage more in-depth conversations about our health and well being in order to drive awareness of the importance of self-care. Speaking with wellness advocates and inspirational people whose stories will motivate you to make positive change, this podcast will leave you glowing.

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8. Bite Back with Rozanna Purcell
Discussing body confidence, eating disorders, self-love and self-acceptance with fantastic guests ranging from RTÉ2fm's Louise McSharry to psychologist Kimberley Wilson, Roz Purcell gets frank about her personal and ever-changing journeys towards self-love and acceptance in her podcast, Bite Back.

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