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8 Songs That Have Helped Me Through Hard Times With Depression

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Music is powerful. It has helped me go through the hard times when my family and friends weren’t there for me. I have used it as a remedy. It’s not a pleasant feeling when I go to bed and can’t sleep because another depression episode just kicked in, or when I wake up but am just not ready for the day. Most likely I am going to lie down on the bed for the entire day. It can be quite hard with all the sadness and thoughts of worthlessness. What I do to get through it is using music. So, here are some songs that have really helped me through my depression:

“Liability” by Lorde


“So they pull back, make other plans; I understand I am a liability.” This song states every thought and emotion I have when I feel I am not interesting enough of a person for my friends. I can’t really explain those feelings when I hear another person sing my thoughts and emotions. It’s like knowing my feelings are not “crazy” and it makes me not feel alone.

“Ease” by Troye Sivan


“Take me back to the basics and the simple life; tell me all the things that make you feel at ease.” Everything about this song is so amazing. The words, the feelings, the rhythm and the intensity of this song are beyond good. This song has made me cry and feel calm at the same time.

“The Scientist” by Coldplay


“Nobody said it was easy, no one said it would be this hard; oh take me back to the start.” This song was definitely written from a different perspective but for me I always close my eyes while listening to this beautiful melody and imagine myself saying these words to the person I was before depression. These words hit me right in the feels and I burst into tears because I can relate to this so much.

“Moment” by Nate Ruess


“God give me a reason, show me that you love me. I don’t want to let it go, just to watch it fly.” Whenever I hear this song, I think of my parents, siblings and every other person in my life who has left me or thinks less of me for who I have become. It also feels like a prayer to God to show me He still cares.

“Miracles” by Coldplay


“Believe in miracles.” These words sound so magical and beautiful that every time I hear them. I just want to believe them.

“Fix You” by Coldplay


“Lights will guide you home and ignite your bones and I will try to fix you.” This song reflects all the emotions and raises hope in the soul. “But if you never try, you‘ll never know what you are worth.” The emotions, feelings and every sensation related to this song are pure. It is an outstanding, sadly beautiful perfection.

“Love Myself” by Ed Sheeran


“And all the ones that love me, they just left me on the shelf. So before I save someone else, I got to save myself.” Every word of this song is sadly beautiful. It promotes the self-love all of us need and deserve.

“Harsh Light” by Nate Ruess


“We all got scars.” This song makes me step towards life with my illness with no shame or guilt at all.

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Originally published: June 8, 2017
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