Yesterday was a hard day. I felt overwhelmed in every aspect of my life– professionally, I have a big decision coming up and many interviews; academically, I had a paper due that I struggled A LOT with for my hardest class; socially, I get down on myself that I’m not a good enough friend because there are weeks where I feel like I don’t make enough time for my friends. On days like that, self-doubt creeps in and tells me that I’m only overwhelmed because I’m not good enough, not smart enough, not strong enough. I know I’m far from being alone in feeling like I’m constantly fighting a little monster in my head– if you’re feeling this way, I want to remind you: we are stronger than that monster.
I turn to music when I’m overwhelmed to help me fight the monster. I feel like music can help me feel seen and understood so I’m sharing below five of my favorite songs that help me calm down and also, a link to my spotify playlist.
- Hold On by Shawn Mendes.
Favorite Lyric: And it won’t slow down, no matter what you do, so you just gotta hold on.
- Girl in the Movies by Dolly Parton.
Favorite Lyric: I want to be happy, I want to be free, just like that girl in the movies.
- Flicker by Niall Horan.
Favorite Lyric: Then I look in my heart, there’s a light in the dark.
- Inside Your Heaven by Carrie Underwood.
Favorite Lyric: When minutes turn to days and years, if mountains fall, I’ll still be here.
- 1973 by James Blunt.
Favorite Lyric: I will always be in a club with you in nineteen seventy three, singing here we go again.
Here’s my entire Spotify playlist, which I do periodically update and add new music to: