What are some songs that you listen to that help you get through anxiety and depression?
Last Updated: 07/28/2020 at 10:28pm
JaNaè Taylor, PhD, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
I work to provide culturally tailored services to my clients through support, advocacy, and reflection.
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There are so many different songs that can be used for therapy but it varies from person to person. My personal favorite are: James Smith - Tell Me That You Love Me Numb | A blackbear, EDEN and gnash Mixtape (30 minute compilation) Other Artists NF (may be triggering) Twentyone Pilots Jeremy Zucker James Smith ^ most of their songs are very well thought out and well written. Generally, these artists but they are more of a hyped up type of music more than listened for relaxation. They cover several different topics differently through each artist which I think is pretty unique but I hope you found some use of at least one song.
There is this song called Hurricane by Fleurie that is one of my favorite songs to listen to whenever I need some encouragement. It starts off pretty slow but then it builds really nicely. I listen to it a lot when I'm feeling really overwhelmed and stressed. The slow beginning calms me down and at the end of the song, I always feel like I can take on anything that comes my way. It is not the lyrics but really the melody and swell of the song. I don't know if this will help but I hope it does :)
For me, it's mostly parodic songs of Kollektivet (or some of Ylvis). It's cheerful, stupid, and it kind of makes my brain dance. But I'd say : everything that feels good to you. Songs you like (or used to like if you don't feel it anymore because of depression). When in depression, it's important to keep doing things we (used to) like, to stimulate our brain and the neuronal circuits of pleasure that are kind of broken due to depression. Keeping doing things you like (or trying new things you might like) help reconstruct those circuits. So don't give up :) About anxiety, I guess relaxing and soothing songs (or sounds) could be what you need in those moments ? Songs won't be enough of course, but if it can help you to get in a better place mentally, it can't hurt. Please don't stay alone in this, whether it is anxiety, depression or both.
One of the songs that helps me (and I understand that my method of coping is different from a lot of other people) is Lonely Dance by the band Set It Off. The song is about anxiety, the singer is talking about how he has anxiety, how he has good and bad days. It focuses a lot on the "bad days" ("Sometimes my bed won't let me out/But I'm okay with missing out on the social anxiety" is one of the lyrics that really resonate with me). It helps me because I tend to feel alone and hopeless in my anxiety, but it's extremely helpful for me to see that the singer is open about his struggles, but he still has friends and relationships despite his anxiety, which is something I strive to learn from.
-Courage by Orianthi -Perfect by Pink! -All We Are by One Republic -Where are You Now? by Honor Society -Better When I'm Dancing by Meghan Trainor -Beautiful by Christina Aguilera -Voice Within by Christina Aguilera -Lift Me Up by Kate Voegele -Someone to Save You by One Republic -Daughters by John Mayer -Love is Endless by Mozella -Top of the World by Imagine Dragons -Head over Feet by Alanis Morissette -Mine by Taylor Swift -I Have Confidence from The Sound of Music -For Good from Wicked -Defying Gravity from Wicked -Be Okay by Ingrid Michaelson -For Once in My Life by Stevie Wonder -Happy by Pharell -If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keyes -Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John Just to name a few.
Personally, I love 'I Hope You Dance' by LeeAnn Womack. It's a beautiful song about appreciating the little things in life. I also like 'Stand' by Rascal Flatts. Can you tell I'm a country music fan? But in other genres, I love the song 'For Good' from the musical Wicked, it's a fantastic song about friendship and important people in your life. There's also 'Only Wanna Be With You' by Hootie and the Blowfish if you're more in the mood for a song that is just going to make you feel happy. All of those are my go-to's!
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