15 Songs to Help You Face Depression This Week


 

Facing the world each morning can be difficult when you live with a mental illness. Depression, specifically, can make everyday tasks seem daunting. Getting out of bed and out the door can be a major accomplishment. And although music can’t cure depression (we wish), it’s scientifically proven to reduce stress and even depressive symptoms.

So, each week, we ask our readers what songs and lyrics have helped them through depression. If you need an extra boost this week, hopefully some of these can help.

1. “Invisible” by U2

rain on glass that reads "I am not invisible."

“I’m more than you know, more than you see here, more than you let me be; I’m more than you know, a body in a soul, you don’t see me but you will. I am not invisible.”

2. “Metalingus” by Alter Bridge

light beams that read "I won't look back. I'll fight to remain."

“I’ll never long for what might have been. Regret won’t waste my life again. I won’t look back. I’ll fight to remain.”

3. “Never Surrender” by Corey Hart

blurry lights that read "And when the night is cold and dark, you can see, you can see the light."

“And when the night is cold and dark, you can see, you can see the light.”

4. “Endless Night” from “The Lion King”

clouds that read I know that the clouds must clear and that the sun will shine."

“I know that the night must end and that the sun will rise. I know that the clouds must clear and that the sun will shine.”

5. “Hold On” by Alabama Shakes

Clock that reads So, must be someone up above saying, 'Come on, girl! Yeah, you got to get back up!'"

“So, bless my heart and bless my mind. I got so much to do, I ain’t got much time. So, must be someone up above saying, ‘Come on, girl! Yeah, you got to get back up!’”

6. “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson

Mirror that reads "If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and then make a change."

“If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and then make a change.”

7. “Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato

Skyscraper with words "Go on and try to tear me down. I will be rising from the ground like a skyscraper."

“Go on and try to tear me down. I will be rising from the ground like a skyscraper.”

8. “People, Running” by Jack’s Mannequin

Traffic with words "We are just these people running around, and I am in no hurry to figure it out."

“We are just these people running around, and I am in no hurry to figure it out.” 

9. “Que Sera” by Justice Crew

magnify glass that reads Tomorrow is a mystery. So let's just do it.

“Yesterday is history. You gotta get through it. Tomorrow is a mystery. So let’s just do it.”

10. “Witness” by Daughtry

crowd with words that read Just look around and see you're not alone."

“Now you’re letting your confusion take control and lead you down a dark and lonely road. Even that won’t last forever. Just look around and see you’re not alone. You’re not alone.”

11. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

sky with words "And I think to myself what a wonderful world."

“And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.”

12. “Something More” by Sugarland

snowflakes with words I believe that happiness is something we create."

“Some believe in destiny, and some believe in fate. I believe that happiness is something we create.”

13. “Odds Are” by Barenaked Ladies

stars with words "Odds are we're gonna be all right for another night."

“Odds are we’re gonna be all right for another night.”

14. “Forget Me Knots” by Heathers

stars with words "It's all right not to feel OK."

“It’s all right not to feel OK.”

15. “The Rain Song” by Led Zeppelin

umbrella with words "Upon us all, a little rain must fall. It's just a little rain."

“Upon us all, a little rain must fall. It’s just a little rain.”

What song do you listen to when you’re feeling depressed? Let us know and we may feature it next week. Check out our previous list here.

If you or someone you know needs help, see our suicide prevention resources.

If you need support right now, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

 

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