One of the directions of this tag was to write about how music helps my mental health and I left it for last and saved the rest in my drafts. Unfortunately today I’m feeling anxious and my thoughts are all over the place. I’ve been finding it difficult to write lately so if I’ll just start off with a quote about how I feel about the songs in my Pick Me Up Playlist.
“There is an incredible feeling that comes from being desperately in love with a song.” – Hold Still, Nina LaCour.
Trigger warning: brief mention of self-harm
Glamorous Indie Rock n’ Roll – The Killers
Everyone thinks Mr Brightside is The Killers’ best song but that’s only because they’ve never head the glorious number eight track on Hot Fuss.
You’re Somebody Else – Flora Cash
I discovered this song when I was listening to Florence + the Machine songs on YouTube. “You look like yourself but you’re somebody else”. This song found me at a strange time; I look like I always have but I didn’t feel like myself at all.
God Don’t Leave Me – Highasakite
The first time I heard Highasakite was on Skam and I immediately became obsessed with them. This song doesn’t feel religious, I don’t know if it is. I think it’s supposed to be a song about being alone in your bedroom at 2am and wishing you had someone or something to keep you from spiralling. And maybe in your weakest moments you wish God was there.
Umfazi (ft Kirk Whalum) – Zahara
Umfazi (woman) is about the trials women go through, even if you don’t understand isiXhosa you can hear the pain in Zahara’s voice. She’s an amazing vocalist.
Believe – Lea Michele
A song about believing in yourself when things don’t seem to be going your way or working out for you. Believing in yourself when your mental illness is working against you is the hardest thing to do.
Heartbeat Song – Kelly Clarkson
If only we could bottle Kelly Clarkson songs and turn them into anti-depressants…
Ride (+ monologue) – Lana Del Rey
This playlist wouldn’t be complete without a song by Lana Del Rey. Sometimes I just listen to the monologue. Don’t tell me it doesn’t sound like a prayer.
Breathe Me – Sia
Another song that found me in a strangely accurate time. I don’t remember where or when I first heard it but Sia’s words “I have lost myself again and I feel unsafe”. I couldn’t put a word to what I was feeling when I started hurting myself but I felt lost and unsafe.
You Ain’t Alone – Alabama Shakes
I came across this song in a novel about a black teen with a severe mental illness problem that I related to and instead of talking to her psychologist; they listen to punk rock instead, until she feels safe enough to talk.
If you want to participate:
- Link back to the “pick me up playlist” creator – laura spoonie
- Tag the blogger who nominated you (I read Em’s Pick Me Up Playlist on her blog, From Famine to Feast, a few weeks ago, she’s one of my favourite mental health bloggers.)
- Mention how music helps your mental health
- List 10 songs that you would consider to be a part of your “pick me up playlist” (optional: explain why each song is on your list).
- Tag 10 other bloggers to join in with the “pick me up playlist” challenge. (if you want to do this playlist, consider yourself tagged)
Let me know what songs are in your Pick Me Up Playlist in the comments!