Music is one of my absolute favorite things. I have a playlist for every situation; anxiety, depression, grocery shopping, yard work, slow jams, best of Broadway, a capella sing along, I even have a playlist for bathing my dogs. So, when Fiona challenged me to post 10 songs from my “Pick Me Up Playlist” I got really excited. In the past I’ve considered sharing my playlists on my blog, and posting about my relationship with music, so this is an absolutely perfect place to start… Narrowing my playlist down to 10 songs was tough, but I did it.
Music and My Mental Health:
Music is the most effective item in my mental health tool belt, and I mean that literally; I carry ear buds in my Mental Health Survival Kit. Anxiety causes me to experience a debilitating state of emotions, but music can alleviate my anxiety before it turns into an anxiety attack or manic episode. Depression can make me feel worthless and completely alone, but music gives me strength and self-confidence.
My Pick Me Up Playlist:
When I think of “Pick Me Up Music” I think about upbeat music that makes me happy; music I can work-out to, sing-along to in the car, and dance to. I also think of music that I would turn to when I literally need a pick-me-up. Each song on my “Pick Me Up Play List” makes me happy, and each has its own reason; some songs are on my list because I love the person that sings it, some are on my list because I love the musical or show that it came from, while some have lyrics that I’m in love with…
Waving Through A Window
Dear Evan Hansen, Performed by Ben Platt
There is something truly remarkable about Dear Evan Hansen. Evan Hansen is fictional, but I’ve never “met” someone who understands my mental health and anxiety better than him. I love Evan, dearly. Evan lets us know that we aren’t alone, and that we matter. When I listen to this song, I feel understood. Plus, Ben Platt is a magical unicorn, and his voice is everything.
Hamilton the Broadway Musical
There is a lot going on during this song, which is probably why I love it so much; it’s chaotic, but perfectly pieced together. This song has upbeat dialogue, rap breaks, lyrical runs, and tons of action. It is the essential theatre lover’s “Pick Me Up Song”.
I’d Rather Be Me
Mean Girls the Broadway Musical, Performed by Barrett Wilbert Weed
This song is an amazing pick-me-up. Barrett Wilbert Weed sings this song with enthusiasm and toughness that I admire. There is a lyric in this song that I sincerely love; “Here’s my secret strategy, it’s always works because: the world doesn’t end, it just feels like it does.” When something bad happens it can feel like the world is ending (emphasis on the word “feel”). The world isn’t actually ending, although it might feel that way. Everything is temporary. Life is fluid. I appreciate this song for reminding me of that.
Raise Your Glass
Glee, Performed by Darren Criss
I love Darren Criss and I love a capella covers of songs. So, this upbeat Pink cover from Glee is absolutely perfect. It’s fun, uplifting, and it’s Darren Criss playing the phenomenal Blaine Anderson; who is one of my favorite fictional characters.
The Flash: Musical Episode, Performed by Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin
The Flash had a musical episode. In it, Supergirl and The Flash sing an absolutely amazing, comical, and adorable duet; Super Friend. I am a huge fan of Melissa Benoist (Supergirl) and Grant Gustin (The Flash), so this song makes me geek-out.
Homework EP, by Darren Criss
Again, I love Darren Criss, so of course he is on this playlist multiple times. Foolish Thing is a song from his latest EP. I love this song’s background music; it’s jazzy and absolutely delightful. The instrumentals in this song pep me up, and make me really happy. Plus, the lyrical presence of Darren Criss helps a lot.
Dear Evan Hansen the Broadway Musical
Another song from Dear Evan Hansen. If you don’t understand the context of this song, it may seem odd… But this song is totally awesome, upbeat, and sincerely fun to sing. This song is fun musical theatre at its best, and it never fails to pep me up and make me happy.
Joanne, by Lady Gaga
This song is beautiful, strong, and incredibly inspirational. The song is about one of Lady Gaga’s best friends, Sonja, who passed away from cancer. Gaga said, the song is about “womanhood, and sticking together, and encouraging one another, and teaching each other that it’s okay to cry together.” It’s an anthem for strong women, and I love it.
Glee, Performed by Grant Gustin
Grant Gustin, again! But this particular Grant Gustin performance from Glee is really important to me. This Lenny Kravitz cover was performed by the Warblers to spread awareness of suicide prevention. Grant sings; “Your faith and patience will be your soldiers to guide you through your troubled times. Just put one foot in front of the other, the battles are inside your mind. You have the power to face your demons no matter how they go at times. And rid yourself of your fear and weakness… So you can start to live your life.”
Deadpool Rap (Film Mix)
Deadpool, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
I love Ryan Reynolds and I love Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds can always make me smile… Therefore, my “Pick Me Up Playlist” would be incomplete if it didn’t include a song from the Deadpool Soundtrack. I’ve posted about this many times: I keep Deadpool (soundtrack and film) on my phone, because they can always pick me up.
I absolutely loved this blog challenge, and I hope there are many more like it. I’m glad that people are posting about music in relation to mental health. Actually, I’ve enjoyed this challenge so much, I think I might post about my other mental health playlists; anxiety, depression, inspiration, etc… I think it could be a really efficient exercise, for me and others; I’ll really enjoy sharing the music I love, and hopefully other people will benefit from reading about the music that helps me cope with mental health struggles.
Please, continue reading to see all the information for the “Pick Me Up Playlist Challenge”. Normally, I would post challenge information at the beginning of a post… But I’ve loved this challenge so much…. I kinda got ahead of myself.
Pick Me Up Playlist Challenge Information
Rules for the Pick Me Up Playlist Challenge:
- 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: mention a little bit why each song is on your list)
- Tag the blogger who nominated you
- Link back to ‘Pick Me Up Playlist’ creator – Laura Spoonie
- Tag 10 other bloggers to join in with the ‘Pick Me Up Playlist’ Challenge
Thanks for the Challenging Me, Fiona:
I want to thank Fiona for tagging me in this challenge. This challenge is awesome, and I am very honored that Fiona thought of me when tagging people for it. Fiona’s blog, Like as the Waves, is great. She admirably blogs about mental illness, and is extremely effective at spreading awareness. Fiona blogs with an honest vulnerability that really helps people. She blogs about tough mental health topics, like depression and anxiety. Everyone should absolutely check out her blog, and follow her on Twitter. She is a supportive and valuable part of the mental health blogging community.
Thanks for Creating the Challenge, Laura Spoonie:
This challenge is totally awesome, and I really loved completing it. So, I want to thank Laura Spoonie for creating this challenge. Music is an absolutely amazing tool for mental heath, and I’m very glad to see people talking about it.
I challenge the following bloggers to post their “Pick Me Up Playlist”. Enjoy!
Tiffany from Love Always, Tiffany, Anja from The Calculating Mind, Jen from The Frozen Mind, Zoe from No Light Without Darkness, Ruth from Ruth in Revolt, Zara from ZaraLouU, Sarah from Insecure Housewife, Anneli from Pigletish, Lynne from Awesomism Mom, Ida from Around the Ward in 80 Days, Ross from Man Vs Adulthood, Cordelia from Cordelia Moor, and Morgan from My OCD Voice.
Sincerely, Uncustomary Housewife