The Anti-Depression Playlist

In our short stay on Earth (which I think should have been aptly named Water), we all go through different phases in our tough existence; phases that can be broadly classified into two: ups and downs. But most times, the low moments are more commonplace and frequent than the highs.
Being sentient beings, consciousness has been man’s plague since time immemorial so it’s perfectly normal to feel sad, down or irritable every now and then. Insane stuff happens that brings you down from your “Unfuckwithable” level to something similar to emotional/mental groveling: people let you down, things go wrong (failing your Finals or flunking the interview to your dream job. Again.), losing those you hold most dear (do I need to vividly describe how horrible death or heartbreak is?) or seeing dreams and plans you huffed and puffed to nurture into maturity just bite the dust. These are but a few instances, we’ve all had similar moments and it’s absolutely normal. At times like this, facing the world each morning can be difficult and simple everyday tasks seem daunting.
We all get down sometimes but fortunately there are a lot of things that can help. Many times in the past year and a few times in past months, I’ve felt like I was at an all-time low (yes, this is a Jon Bellion reference) and music was all I had to beat the stressful and unpredictable rollercoaster ride of depression. Although music can’t cure depression (wouldn’t that be something?), it’s been proven to reduce stress and even depressive symptoms. Hers’a list of songs, a playlist of sorts, to help you turn the light of encouragement and inspiration on and dissolve the monster of depression and its other demons. Enjoy.

ACCEPT
Tomorrowland (All Fall Down) by Leon Else
People Like Us by Kelly Clarkson
Collide by Howie Day
Shake It Out by Florence & The Machine
Let It Go by Demi Lovato
Maybe IDK by Jon Bellion
Intentional by Travis Greene
That’s Life by Frank Sinatra

BELIEVE
Love Yourz by J. Cole
Fight Song by Rachel Platten
Rise by Katy Perry
Three Little Birds by Bob Marley
I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelly
Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield
Swim by Jack’s Mannequin
Now Is The Start by A Fine Frenzy
I Choose by India Arie
Make It Happen by Mariah Carey
We All Fall Down by Bon Jovi
Today Is Your Day by Shania Twain

SLAY
We Are The Champions by Queen
Firework by Katy Perry
Alive by Sia
I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
What Doesn’t Kill You [Stronger] by Kelly Clarkson
Titanium by David Guetta (featuring Sia)
Masterpiece by Jessie J
I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty
We Don’t Run by Bon Jovi
Spread Your Wings by Queen
We’re Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister
Never Been by Logic

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