I come from a family of music teachers. From a young age, my family instilled in me — and in many others — the power of music to heal, support and elate.
But it wasn’t until 2017 that I gave music the credit it deserves for helping to relieve the symptoms of my depression and anxiety. Once I realized music’s unique strength over my illness, I began to proactively utilize it as a coping mechanism.
This strategy helped me to persevere through intense episodes of my chronic illness in 2017, and because of that, I’d like to share some of my favorite songs in the hopes that they might help someone else, too.
Here are 11 songs that helped me maintain resilience despite my mental illness in 2017:
1. “Praying” by Kesha
Like this brave artist, I aspire to say out loud to the world, “I’m proud of who I am.”
Mary Beth resides in State College, PA, with her Emotional Support Animal, Linus. In addition to snuggling her dog, Mary Beth enjoys friendship, writing, and volunteering as a Crisis Text Line and Centre County Women's Resource Center counselor. This fall, she will begin a graduate program at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, pursuing her Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology.