10 Mental Health Recovery Anthems

10 Mental Health Recovery Anthems

10 songs to help you keep on your road to recovery
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Recovering from and maintaining a safe life with a mental illness is a long road. Some days that road is especially hard and on those days one of my biggest coping skills is music. In no particular order here are 10 songs that double as recovery anthems.

1. Beautiful Pain by Eminem

This song is a little different than many other Eminem songs in that it isn't full of cursing and I would be fine letting kids listen to it. It reminds us that although recovery can be painful it's a beautiful kind of pain and it is worth it.

2. Keep Holding On by Avril Lavigne


I sure most people reading this have heard this one but it still makes the list. I remember listening to this one in my teen years to keep me going and it's still on my recovery playlist today! Of all the Avril songs of my youth, this one stuck with me the most.

3. Never Too Late by Three Days Grace

If you're into 3DG this is one I highly recommend adding to your playlist. This song reminds us that no matter how many time you have fallen you can get back up again and it is never too late to do that. Even if your biggest accomplishment that day is staying alive, it's not too late.

4. Who You Are by Jessie J


Sometimes, especially when people are watching, we feel like we need to wear a happy face for everyone. This song reminds us that it's okay not to be okay sometimes and we don't always have to fake a smile for other people. It's okay to let people know when you are struggling and ask for help.

5. Unwell by Matchbox Twenty


Mental illness isn't always just depression or anxiety, sometimes it's, for example, the voices that come with Schizophrenia, the compulsions that come with OCD or the flashbacks that come with PTSD. This song talks to those who have symptoms that may lead people around them to judge them. It says that these symptoms aren't a scary thing but just part of an illness and they can be managed. It also helps deter some of the stigma.

6. Last Hope by Paramore


Sometimes it can be very frustrating when recovery and therapy work is not going the way we want it to. Working to better one's mental health can be a long and bumpy road. This song reminds us that sometimes you just have to work and keep trying and you will get there. Recovery doesn't mean you are symptom-free, it means you find safe and effective ways to deal with your symptoms.

7.Lullaby by Nickelback

This song just happened to come on a while back when I was having a rough day and it helped me stay strong. It really does remind me that I am not alone in this fight and neither are you!

8. Just Keep Breathing by We The Kings


Sometimes it's okay to just take a break and take care of yourself. Self-care is one of the most important things that people do but having a mental illness can make it ten times harder to get these simple tasks, especially when you have work or school breathing down your neck. So remember every once in a while to take a break and do you need to keep yourself going, And just keep breathing.

9. Move Along by The All-American Rejects


Recovery doesn't mean you have to be doing better all the time. You are allowed to have your bad days. Sometimes all you can do is keep strong and that's okay. Don't let a bad day drag you down, just keep moving along.

10. Throne by Bring Me The Horizon


Sometimes it's our mental illness that lies to us and hurts us, sometimes its people; A lot of the time it's both. Whatever it is that has got you feeling not so great at the moment this song will get you hyped about continuing your recovery and not giving up. This song is also a pretty good introduction song for those who don't listen to BMTH.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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Working On My Emotional Health Is At The Top Of My To-Do List

I'm finally realizing the importance of my mental and emotional health.

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The month of April has been so eye-opening for me. For the first bit of the year, I felt like I was in a slump; like I was just going through the motions and not fully living my life.

I was letting boy drama, school stress, and my poor actions to deal with those issues take over my life. I was allowing the anger and shame from those mistakes bubble up inside me until I was just about ready to explode.

I was allowing myself to go back to old ways of coping with problems that I knew weren't healthy, but I knew would be a short-term fix.

I simply wasn't living.

Then, one day I woke up and told myself I needed to change, and that if I didn't, I'd be on this same path ten years from now... or worse. I told myself I needed to get my life back on track with the Lord and with who I want to be as a rising senior in college.

After meeting with one of the leaders at my church (btw, everyone needs a Mrs. Jenny in their life!) and with my therapist, I'm starting to realize how important my emotional health is. My way of dealing with problems hasn't been working all that well, so I know it's time to try something else.

It's all going to be a huge learning process (and at times, an uphill battle), but I know working on my emotional health now will build me to be the best I can in the future.

By learning to become more open to healthier ways of dealing with issues as they come up (like not avoiding problems and actually facing them head-on), I know I can become my best self, and that is something I'm willing to work on with my whole heart.

So, I'm learning to let go of needing to control everything in my life because honestly, wanting to control everything puts me more out of control than when I first started.

And, I encourage you to do the same.

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