11 Songs To Get You Through Tough Times

11 Songs To Get You Through Tough Times

Music brings emotional healing.

It’s been said—and even scientifically proven—that music can bring emotional healing.

Listening to music ignites our senses in a way no other artistic medium can. And for many people, when going through difficult times in their lives, music is something to rely on when all else fails—if not to erase their problems, then to help them get through their struggles and remind them they’re not alone.

The introduction to adulthood can be such a confusing time in everyone’s life. There are so many questions to answer and decisions to make; there is so much frustration, distress and hopelessness, yet at the same time, so much growth and discovery happening. I personally tend to cycle through these feelings pretty often. But music really does help to make it all a little easier. Here are 11 songs that can uplift you during the tough times and help you through them:

1. Starsailor - “Some Of Us”

“We all have our faults / Mine come in waves, that you turn to rust / Some of us laugh, some of us cry / Some of us smoke, some of us lie / But it’s all just the way that we cope with our lives.”

A beautiful ballad by a highly underrated British band.

2. Keane - “Won’t Be Broken”

“Some days I think someone’s trying to keep me down / But I know it’s just my own fear that I’m fighting.”

A piano-driven song with a hopeful sound and such inspiring lyrics.

3. X Ambassadors - “Unsteady”

“Hold on to me / ‘Cause I'm a little unsteady.”

This song serves as the reminder we all need to hear sometimes—it’s okay to admit you’re not okay.

4. Twenty One Pilots - “Car Radio”

“I’m forced to deal with what I feel / There is no distraction to mask what is real.”

What are Twenty One Pilots known for if not the emotional intensity in their lyrics that cut straight to the bone? “Car Radio” is arguably one of their most powerful songs.

5. Saosin - “You’re Not Alone”

There is more to this, I know / You can make it out / You will live to tell.”

While we’re on the themes of loneliness and intensity, Saosin’s “You’re Not Alone” has the same level of emotional power to it and sends an equally powerful message.

6. Ryan Calhoun - “This Is Your Life”

“All this time spent / chasing after things that won't survive / This is your life / Don’t let it pass you by / There’s nothing here to fight / I wish you could see how you burn so bright.”

A little-known singer/songwriter, Ryan Calhoun deserves more exposure. His simple yet beautiful songs offer messages of encouragement and finding contentment in the present moment, and “This Is Your Life” is a perfect example.

7. Florence + The Machine - “Shake It Out”

“I've been a fool and I've been blind / I can never leave the past behind / I can see no way / I'm always dragging that horse around / All of his questions, such a mournful sound / Tonight I'm gonna bury that horse in the ground.”

A hauntingly beautiful song about learning from your past and fighting your inner demons.

8. The Mountain Goats - “This Year”

“I am gonna make it through this year / If it kills me.”

This song tells a story—in raw honesty, with nothing held back.

9. James Bay - “Let It Go”

“I used to recognize myself / It’s funny how reflections change / When we're becoming something else / I think it's time to walk away.”

One of the most difficult choices we must make in life is the decision to either hang on or let go. Whether it’s a relationship, friendship, a personal goal…everyone faces this challenge at some point, and it’s never easy.

10. Beartooth - “In Between”

“Everybody gets high, everybody gets low / Life can be such overdose.”

For any metalcore fans out there. The lyrics are always relevant. This is one of the band’s most popular songs, for obvious reasons.

11. The Beatles - “Let It Be”

“And when the broken-hearted people / Living in the world agree / There will be an answer / Let it be.”

I had to include it. It’s a classic, even if it is a bit cliche. We get so caught up in finding answers and forget that not everything needs to be figured out right now. Sometimes it’s best to let time bring us the answers.

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9 Chilling Songs To Listen To As You Traipse Through The Upside Down (Part One)

You have no idea how you ended up here, but you know that it's dark and terrifying. You are stuck in the Upside Down, and the following songs chronicle your journey.

You have no idea how you ended up here, but you know that it's dark and terrifying. Something just brushed against your leg, there are things moving and you can't shake the feeling that you're not alone. The dim light of your phone screen illuminates wet, stringy things that writhe in the darkness, just out of your line of sight.

Dimly, you remember an old newspaper article you found during a curious Google search. Something about a group of elderly friends coming forward with a story of some alternate dimension that threatened the world when they were children. The "Upside Down," they called it. You thought it was a bunch of delusional old people trying to get attention, but now...

You are stuck in the Upside Down, and the following songs chronicle your journey.

1. "It Has Begun" by Starset

"Into the dark below, evading shadows,
Blind in a rabbit's hole, we fall beneath the earth ..."

Honestly, you will never understand how you managed to get yourself stuck in a creepy shadow dimension. But you're here, and you can't really do much about it except find a way out.

You have no clue where you are, but you can tell you're underground. That's a start. You suppose you should just walk until you can find the surface.

2. "The Ghost of Rattman" from the "Portal 2" Soundtrack

Man, there sure are some creepy noises in the Upside Down. You're walking down something corridor-like that looks like it's made of viscera. Your shoes sink into the fleshy ground with every step you take. You've heard whispers, distant roars and weird squelching noises. It's hella freaky. You wish you could do more than just walk in one direction.

The smell gets to you enough that you finally take off your jacket and wrap it around your face. As you do so, your foot catches onto something. You nearly fall, but you clumsily manage to recover. You secure your jacket and turn your phone screen down toward the ground.

It's a human skull.

3. "Help Is On The Way" by Rise Against

"They said, they said help is on the way,
But it never came..."

You admit to yourself that you probably need someone to rescue you. You've been down here a couple of days now, sleeping on the nauseating floor and somehow not vomiting. There's no way that your disappearance hasn't gone unnoticed, and the local police are pretty diligent guys. They'll find you. The hope helps you ignore the hunger gnawing at your side.

You haven't seen anything or anyone alive yet, though you've definitely had a few close calls — hiding around a corner when something comes running by, closing your eyes and hoping the things don't notice you. That kind of thing.

All you need to do is wait for someone to come save you.

4. "Actual Cannibal Shia Labeouf" by Rob Cantor

"He's following you, about thirty feet back,
He gets down on all fours and breaks into a sprint..."

There's something following you.

If you had to guess, you would say it's about thirty feet behind you. It has been for quite some time now. You don't know what it is; you're too petrified to turn around. You can hear its quiet padding and snuffling behind you, along with the occasional wet growl.

"It's Shia Labeouf," your brain supplies helpfully.

It is not Shia Labeouf. You don't know what made you think that. What you do know is that you need a weapon of some sort and, well... the ground is littered with bones...

You bend over and scoop up a thick femur from the ground while barely breaking stride. It's slimy, and you have to refrain from dropping it out of reflex. The growls from behind you have begun to slowly escalate in intensity. As the volume increases, so does your heart rate. It's like you're in a real-life horror movie, except the creepy background sound is a terrifying rasp instead of shady music.

There's no way it's not going to attack. It's now or never, you suppose. You turn around just as it leaps for you.

Find part two here!

Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

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6 Of The Best 'Psych' Episodes

"Should I slice this up for the road?"

Even though "Psych" ended its eight-year run almost four years ago (with the exception of Psych: The Movie, which aired in 2017), the show lives on in the hearts and minds of millions of "psycho's" who refuse to let the show die, and re-watch old episodes religiously (P.S., the show is on Amazon Prime and can be streamed for free by Amazon Prime members). In honor of one of the best shows ever made, here is a count-down of 6 of the best episodes of "Psych"

6. "Office Space" Season 7, Episode 11

This episode is as goofy as they come. After quitting his job at Central Coast Pharmaceuticals as a result of watching his boss mistreat an employee, Gus comes back later that night to beg for his job back... Only to discover that his boss has been stabbed to death, holding Gus's resignation letter in his hand. Knowing that he will be viewed as the prime suspect, Shawn and Gus wildly tamper with the crime scene. Their goal over the coming days is to figure out who really killed the boss before the police catch on to what they have done and falsely accuse Gus of the stabbing.

5. "The Break-Up" Season 8, Episode 10 (The Series Finale)

I'll hold the spoilers.... But if you are a fan of the show, you can rest assured that the series finale does this show justice. It ties up loose ends, while leaving enough leeway for 'Psych' to come back in the future. Get your tissues ready, and get watching. It is worth it.

4. "American Duos" Season 2, Episode 1

Hilarity ensues when someone is continually making attempts on the life of an "American Duos" judge, a talent show that is a knock-off of American Idol. The judge, Nigel St. Nigel, is the clear "Simon Cowell" of American Duos - unnecessarily harsh and British. Shawn and Gus decide that the best way to figure out who is threatening Nigel's life is to go undercover as contestants on American Duos and well, you can imagine how that goes.

3. "Gus Walks Into A Bank" Season 3, Episode 8

This episode is slightly more on the serious side, but it is still laced with "Psych's" usual humor. Gus walks into a bank to make a deposit while Shawn waits in the car, only for the bank to be held-up and everyone inside to be held hostage, including Gus. Most of the episode's humor comes from Shawn's obvious jealousy of Detective Juliet's attraction to the chief hostage negotiator, Cameron Luntz. After purposefully getting himself taken hostage to assess the situation in the bank, Shawn realizes there is more going on than meets the eye.

2. "The Santabarbarian Candidate" Season 7, Episode 10

After Santa Barbara's Mayor dies in a surfing accident, Shawn is not convinced that it was an accident at all... he suspects murder. And what's more, he suspects the man lined up to be the new mayor to have committed it. Determined to stop a potential killer from reaching office, Shawn decides to step in and run for mayor, with Gus as his campaign manager. There are also huge developments in Shawn and Juliet's relationship in this episode, but, no spoilers here.

1. "The Spelling Bee" Season 1, Episode 2

As only the second episode of the series, "The Seplling Bee" lets watchers know early on in the series that Shawn and Gus will find themselves knee-deep in all sorts of shenanigans. After the head spell master dies, Shawn and Gus investigate. In one of the funniest moments of the series, Shawn and Gus are up in the spell master's box when it is announced that it is time for a word to be delivered. Shawn, the quick-thinker that he is, decides to give an extremely intelligent kid in the third round of the spelling bee an incredibly difficult word... "banana".

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