13 Songs That Help Me Through My Panic Attacks

13 Songs That Help Me Through My Panic Attacks

It's easy to become paralyzed by panic attacks, but I've found music to be the best tool to help me cope.

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Anyone who struggles with panic attacks knows just how draining and overwhelming they are. It's easy to become paralyzed by them, and once I noticed this, I made a playlist of songs that calm me down. I find that music keeps me grounded, no matter how bad the panic attack may be. Maybe the songs I have listed aren't for you. but I hope that in sharing my main songs that help me, it can spark your brain into finding songs that fit your needs during panic attacks.

In case you don't know some of the songs I have listed, I put a link to each song from YouTube. I hope you enjoy my interesting variety of music!

1. "Weightless" by Marconi Union

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This song is my go-to song for panic attacks, especially if it's a bad one. For me personally, my heart rate spikes during panic attacks (I'll go from a resting heart rate of around 70bpm to anywhere between 180-200bpm). Evidence suggests this song can slow your heart rate and reduce anxiety and let me tell you... it works 100% for me and I highly recommend it.

2. "Somebody to Love" by Queen

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I've just always loved this song. There's something about Freddie Mercury's voice that just calms me down and makes me feel like I'm not alone at that moment.

3. "Let it Be" by The Beatles

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I grew up listening to The Beatles since my mom is from Liverpool, and "Let it Be" is a song that I always associate peace and good memories with. Also, I love the lyric, "When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary calls to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be." It reminds me that there are things about me and this world that I simply cannot change, but I can find peace by letting it be.

4. "Lost in a Sea of Pillows and Blankets" by .anxious.

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Go here for the full album.

I find this song, and really the whole album, to be extremely soothing. It literally feels like the comfort of pillows and blankets but in the form of music.

5. "1-800-273-8255" by Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid

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I love this song for many reasons during a panic attack. One, it reminds me that there are other people that have felt or are feeling what I am currently. Two, it reminds me that I have a purpose on this earth, and I am not a waste of space. Three, I just love the awareness it brings to mental illnesses.

6. "Up and Up" cover by Lennon & Maisy (originally by Coldplay)

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Go here to listen to the original.

"We're gonna get it, get it together somehow." This main lyric reminds me that I can conquer this moment, and the only direction from this moment is up. Also, Lennon and Maisy's voices are mesmerizing. The Coldplay original is amazing too, I put both for you to check out!

7. "In My Blood" by Shawn Mendes

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I remember the first time I listened to this; I was actually on the brink of a panic attack. I heard the first lyric, "Help me, it feels like the walls are caving in. Sometimes I feel like giving up, but I just can't. It isn't in my blood." Every lyric in here, which was beautifully written by the way, describes how it feels having a panic attack and having anxiety in general. It reminds me that no matter what, I can make my way out of it. I can win the fight.

8. "Free Spirit" by Khalid

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Khalid's new album "Free Spirit" came out on April 5, 2019, and I am actually obsessed with it. I find myself immediately playing this album when I open my Spotify. When it comes to the song "Free Spirit," the music is enchanting to me; something about it just immediately calms me down. Not to mention that Khalid's voice is absolutely beautiful. Also, I just love the concept of being a free spirit. Not being tied down by mental illnesses or fear, and having this sort of euphoric peace.

9. "Intro" by Khalid

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Once again, absolutely mesmerizing. I honestly feel like I'm taken to another world with this song. Something about the music just makes my brain feel so happy, peaceful, and calm. As for the lyrics, they remind me that I need to find my worth and put me first. Sometimes, I put so much of my emotional energy into other people that I have none left for me. I need to keep some of it for me though, because I know that I have worth, but I can never see it, so I need this emotional energy to be able to put myself first and love myself.

10. "Spiegel im Spiegel" by Arvo Part, Angele Dubeau, La Pieta

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Not gonna lie, I'm a sucker for classical music. There's something about this song in particular that I feel like really captures the feelings of depression and detachment that I experience during a panic attack. It's just another reminder that I'm not alone in this.

11. "Raindrop Prelude: Op. 28 No. 15" by Frederic Chopin

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Sorry, another classical piece... I just really love it. I feel like it shows the feelings before, during, and after a panic attack. Once again, it's a reminder that I'm not alone.

12. "Cello Suite No.1 in G-Major, Prelude" cover by Yo-Yo Ma (originally by Bach)

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Last one, I swear! There's just something about this piece that makes me feel so calm and at peace... I don't know how to describe it. It's beautiful, and it makes me feel like there's hope of conquering my panic attack.

13. "Rescue" by Lauren Daigle

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First, Lauren Daigle is simply amazing. This song in particular, though, reminds me that Jesus is always by my side, and he will never give up on me. He sees me in my trials, and he's fighting this fight with me. It gives me a lot of hope that someday I might not have to deal with these struggles.

Editor's note: The views expressed in this article are not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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As much as I love pop music and respect the genre most of the time, contemporary classical offers a much better soundtrack to people's lives than Cardi B ever will in my opinion. Imagine the workings of the complex, classical music of someone like Mozart, but now with more sound clarity, more instruments to work with, professional recording studios, and much more.

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1. Ólafur Arnalds

Arnalds is an Icelandic composer that I am pretty much in love with. It sounds pretentious as Hell when I bring him up to my friends, but I don't care. His music is so beautiful and relaxing. It's a mix of ambient, modern classical, piano, strings, and pretty much anything else you can think of. Ólafur Arnalds has my whole heart.

2. Vitamin String Quartet

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3. Hans Zimmer

Zimmer is one of the top film composers of the modern day. He created the main themes for Interstellar as well as Inception, both of which were unbelievably successful movies. If you're into film scores, Hans is your guy.

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If you want music to listen to you as you are preparing for battle, here you freaking go. Audiomachine is a collaborative music company that produces songs that make you feel like a princess warrior. That is the only way I can describe this music honestly.

5. Helen Jane Long

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Wikipedia defines Balmorhea as "a six-piece minimalist instrumental ensemble." I am using Wikipedia's definition merely because I don't actually know how to give this group the recognition it deserves. The music can be kind of out there, with random, ambient noises echoing in the background of certain songs, but Balmorhea deserves to be on this list. It somehow takes the noises of everyday life and weaves it into beautiful songs.

7. Eric Whitacre

Just watch the video linked above because it will show you what Eric Whitacre is capable of. "Lux Aurumque" has been one of my favorite compositions ever since I played in my high schools's wind ensemble. The video above is instead the original choir version performed by people from all over in the form of a virtual choir. Whitacre takes the cake for innovation.

8. Max Richter

Max Richter has been in the contemporary classical game for some time. His songs and compositions are recognized by people who have no clue who he actually. His music is every where for good reason.

9. Hammock

Hammock is an ambient, classical group that loves to make me fall asleep. The music is hauntingly beautiful and works as amazing background music as you clean or cook or fall asleep. Seriously, if you have trouble sleeping, try this group out.

10. Ludovico Einaudi

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