10 Songs That Pack a Mighty Punch to Anxiety

Music has always been my escape from reality. As a music blogger, I take my favorite songs seriously and whenever I’m in dire need of a pick-me-up, there’s always a perfect track ready and waiting. When you’re living with anxiety, it often feels like nothing can save you, but once a certain song starts playing, there’s no describing the comfort that it brings.

I’ve put together a playlist of some of my favorite songs that help me through those particularly rough days. Hopefully, they can bring some comfort your way too. Hang in there!

1. “The Trick Is To Keep Breathing” by Garbage

I cannot even count how many times this song has saved my life. Shirley Manson has been my inspiration since I was 14, and whenever I’m in panic mode, I remember those six simple, yet powerful words to keep me going.

2. “Beautiful Day” by U2

This one has always been a favorite, and I love how calm it makes me feel. It brings me back to a time when things were much simpler. Bono’s words of, “What you don’t have, you don’t need it now,” are so reassuring when you have the tendency to need everything to be perfect all the time.

3. “Anybody” by Redlands

This one is perfect for those times when you feel isolated and like there’s not a soul on this planet who understands the turmoil going on in your head.

4. “Electric Indigo” by The Paper Kites

It was love at first listen with this one, and their entire album, “twelvefour,” is a dream. You’ll be relaxed in no time.

5. “Cry Baby” by The Neighbourhood

If anyone understands anxiety, then it’s The NBHD’s Jesse Rutherford. This one comes in handy on those cold days when the world feels as if it’s falling apart and you can’t trust a soul.

6. “A Change of Heart” by The 1975

This one has accompanied me through a lot of turmoil this year. From the long bus ride home after being left out in the cold by a guy I thought was perfect for me, to that glorious moment I realized someone I had loved for a long time wasn’t all that great, Matty Healy’s word remain a comforting companion, reminding me that things always turn out for the best and it’ll all get better.

7. “Roman Holiday” by Halsey

This one is an instant mood booster as it reminds us that no matter how bad things may be at the moment, there are always adventures and better days ahead.

8. “Scars” by GEMS

This one is for those people in our lives who just get us and who know our scars yet still love us unconditionally. If you don’t have that yet, then don’t worry. You will. The opening line of, “Baby, I can’t bear it alone,” gets me every time.

9. “Outskirts of Paradise” by Bad Suns

This one has been helping me be more present. I tend to just go through the motions whenever I’m stressed, but it’s important to be mindful of every aspect of our lives so we don’t miss out on the good times because we’re constantly worried about something. “When the time comes, separate yourself, integrate yourself.”

10. “In Our Bones” by Against The Current

This one is empowerment in a bottle. We hold so much strength within ourselves, more than we know. Keep going. You got this!

We want to hear your story. Become a Mighty contributor here.

Image via Thinkstock.

Find this story helpful? Share it with someone you care about.

Related to Anxiety

sad man looking out window while hugging his knees

How to Love a Guy With Anxiety

So I was browsing The Mighty, and I came across this wonderful article called “How to Love a Girl With Anxiety.” I thought it was a brilliant article, but I also decided that especially with the extremely small box of masculinity that our society and culture paint men in, it would be a great idea to [...]
Woman, close-up with a pencil in her ear

When You're Afraid to Take a Break to Deal With Your Mental Health

It would be a little bit of an understatement to call me “over committed.” I actively participate in a wide range of activities that take up a lot of my daily life, such as rowing practices every morning, (supposedly) practicing the flute daily, and volunteering in various manners. This, along with keeping up with school, [...]
zombie hand coming out from the grave

What Am I Without the Monster of Anxiety?

What am I without anxiety? That’s a good question… As I sit here and ponder that thought, I think of a life without my mental illness, a life where I am strong, inspired, empowering, kindhearted, honest and a wonderful mother. Am I not all of those things now? People’s kind words tell me I am. I [...]
woman on her phone

To Those Who Are Anxious Right Now, This Is Your Permission Slip to Unplug

Many people are feeling the sting from the announcement that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. Half of America is celebrating while the other half is worried about the future of the world’s superpower and the lives that will be directly affected when he takes office in January. Most of [...]