Mondays can be tough sometimes. Today, I’m in the kind of mood where I just want to stay in bed all day and just focus on my mental health. Luckily, it is my day off, and I am doing just that. One of my favorite ways to get back in to the right headspace is by listening to music. Last year, I created a music playlist on Spotify called “Pick-Me-Up: Songs to Listen to When You’re Feeling Down” and came to the realization of just how powerful music can be. I mean, I’ve always known, but I also know that I can’t be the only one who resorts to music on a bad day.
Personally, I turn to more slow tempo, sad songs when I’m feeling anxious or depressed (not sure if that’s quite a good thing), but for some reason, it cheers me up. There is something magical about listening to a three or four minute reminder that things will be okay…for me, it’s like song lyrics can capture a mood that I can’t quite put in to words, or they speak the words I’m afraid to say out loud.
Hence, I made the decision to make this playlist a collaborative one…I know the music I might find inspiring or motivating, might not resonate with others, so I like to ask people what songs they turn to when they’re feeling anxious, or just having a bad day. When a song gets suggested, I add it. People’s favorite “pick-me-up” songs give me insight in to who they are and allows me to connect with them on a deeper level. My hope is that just one of these songs can touch someone else, or motivate someone going through the downs of life, to keep going. Music is a universal and powerful language. So far, friends, family, and followers on social media have left me with so many amazing suggestions, and I’d like to continue growing the playlist (and please feel free to follow it if you have Spotify). On this note, I turn it over to my wonderful followers and fellow writers: what are your favorite pick-me-up songs?