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!
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