20 Songs For When You Keep Getting Beat Down By Life

20 Songs For When You Keep Getting Beat Down By Life

As the days are darker and colder and stress piles up, it is easy to feel like you are seconds away from a mental breakdown at any given minute.


Recently I have been going through a very rough patch and I was thinking about things I like to do to make myself feel better. Something I realized always helps me, without fail, is music. When I am going through hard times I really love to turn to music and I realized my favorite kind of music to turn to is pop punk. It has a bit of dark, a bit of angst, and a bit of hope all wrapped up in a song. It seems to be able to capture how I feel, pull me out of my head and help me feel less alone. These 20 songs are some of my favorite songs that I have been turning to since I was in middle school. I hope these songs can bring you the same comfort that they bring me.

1. Therapy by All Time Low

This song literally has done so much for me. It is an amazing song, but another amazing thing about it is the speeches that the lead singer, Alex Gaskarth, gives before performing the song. This always uplifts my spirits and makes me feel a little more whole.

"Love yourself so no one has to"

2. Remembering Sunday by All Time Low


This is another song from all Time Low that got me through a really rough time in my life.

"From so many thousands of feet off the ground, I'm over you now
I'm at home in the clouds, and towering over your head"

3. Weightless by All Time Low


I'm just an All Time Low fan account. This band changed my life so I'm not sorry.

Plus they said it best,

"May its not my weekend, but its gonna be my year"

4. Coffee Shop Soundtrack by All Time Low

"When it all comes down
To a sunrise on the East Side
Will you be there to carry home
The remains of my wasted youth?
This wasted time on you
Has left me shaking in waiting
Shaking in waiting for something more"

5. Hold on Till May by Pierce the Veil


I don't really know why I love this song so much but it kinda has a calming vibe on me.

"See, you're just wasted and thinking about the past again Darling, you'll be okay"

6. Kissing in Cars by Pierce the Veil

This song is super cute!

"If you kiss me goodnight, I'll know, everything is alright, Second chances won't leave us alone, 'Cause there's faith in love"

7. Oh Well, Oh Well by Mayday Parade


"Oh well, oh well. I still hope for the best."

8. Bruised and Scarred by Mayday Parade

"I'm bruised and scarred
Save me from this broken heart
All my love will slowly fade and fall apart
Someone please sing this lovesick melody
Call my name if you're afraid
I'm just a kiss away"

9. Still Breathing by Mayday Parade

Hi, this is now a Mayday Parade fan account.

"Trying to make this life my own
And nothing will keep this heart from beating
I'm still breathing"

10. Iris - Sleeping with Sirens cover

Kellin Quinn's voice is just really relaxing and I love this song.

11. Rest in Peace by Yellowcard

"Could we forgive somehow, could we let it rest in peace?"

12. Light Up the Sky by Yellowcard

My best friend showed me this song and I fell in love with it. The added bonus is that, now, this song reminds me of him too! I love when my friends show me music and then it reminds me of them.

"You run in the dark through a firefight
And I would explode just to save your life"

13. Me First by Real Friends


This song is a MOOD!

"I'm at best your second option like a key under the mat"

14. Clairvoyant by The Story So Far


"I think you'll notice when things become different
The good vibes in our lives won't feel so consistent
And less becomes more cause the weight is too heavy
I swim in the water that's breaking your levee"

15. I'm Just a Kid by Simple Plan

I live for the angst.

"I'm just a kid
And life is a nightmare"

16. Saturday by Fall Out Boy

Take This to Your Grave is Fall Out Boy's best album, try to change my mind.

"I'm good to go
And I'm going nowhere fast"

17. Candles by Hey Monday

Before Cassadee Pope won the Voice and became a mediocre country singer, she was in a mediocre pop punk band. I like this song though.

"All the games you played
The promises you made
Couldn't finish what you started
Only darkness still remains"

18. The Greatest Show - Panic! At the Disco cover

This is the greatest cover of a song to ever exist. I want to listen to this song on repeat for the rest of my life. When I'm feeling like the world is beating me down, this song always lifts me back up.

19. LA Devotee by Panic! At the Disco

"The black magic of Mulholland Drive
Swimming pools under desert skies
Drinking white wine in the blushing light
Just another LA Devotee
Sunsets on the evil eye
Invisible to the Hollywood shrine
Always on the hunt for a little more time"

20. Vegas Lights by Panic! At the Disco

I decided to lighten up this little playlist with the last three Panic! At the Disco songs, just as a reminder that, when life is beating you down, you can still have fun and try to beat life back.

I really love this song, as it is super fun and also the Vegas Golden Knight's goal song.

"We're all not here for nothing
And we're bored with looking good
We gotta be starting something
Would you change it if you could?"

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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To Percy Jackson, I Hope You're Well...

Percy Jackson and the Olympians and the Heroes of Olympus are both series which helped shape my life. I want to share my love for them here, with you.


Two days before I moved from New Jersey to California, I had a late night at a friend's house. Just a few miles outside of my small town of Morris Plains, his house was out of the way and a safe haven for myself and my mother during a harrowing and strenuous move. My father had been across the country already for almost two months trying to hold down his new job and prove himself. His absence was trying on me (at the tender young age of nine years old) and my mother, and we often spent time at my friend's home, as our mothers got along well.

That night came the time to say goodbye for the very last time, and as our mothers were tearfully embracing at the door, he ran up to me and shoved a book in my hands. Bewildered and confused, I tried to give him my thanks but he was already gone - running away in a childish fit that expressed his hurt at my leaving more than any words he could've said. I looked down at the book in my hands. It was a battered copy of Rick Riordan's "The Lightning Thief," with its binding bulging slightly out in a strange fashion, the cover slightly torn and bent, and quite a few pages dog-eared. The book wasn't in good condition, but I took the time to read it. I was ensnared and enchanted by the lurid descriptions of mythology, of the lovable characters of Percy, Annabeth, and Grover, and the upside-down world they lived in. Over the course of the move and our eventual settling into our new California home, I devoured the series adamantly, reading "The Battle of the Labyrinth" almost five times in the fifth grade and eventually finishing out with "The Last Olympian." The series accompanied me through a difficult move and a whirlwhind of early puberty; by that time, Percy and friends I knew intimately as my own companions. When the series ended, I happily parted with it, and began other literary conquests (namely in the realm of classics).

After an almost year-long break, I re-discovered the series in sixth grade. I hadn't realized that there was a companion series to the first, in fact, a continuation - The Heroes of Olympus. I lapped up "The Lost Hero" and "The Son of Neptune" with greed, and eagerly awaited the arrival of "The Mark of Athena" the following year.

One of my most vivid memories of middle school was sneaking downstairs the morning of the Kindle release of "The Mark of Athena", sneaking past my parents' bedroom as stealthily as I could in the wee hours of the morning to get my kindle and immerse myself in the world. I believe I finished it in about two days. For the next two books in the series, I followed the same pattern: get up early, read it as fast as I could get my hands on it. "The Blood of Olympus", the last book in the series, came out in my freshman year of high school. After finishing the second series, I shelved my much-loved paperbacks for good, and turned myself to other literary pursuits. I eventually relocated to Virginia, and went to college. Percy and friends were almost forgotten until my first year at the University of Virginia.

I was devastatingly alone my first semester at university. I didn't know what to do with myself, entombed by my loneliness. However, at the bottom of my suitcase, I found my old Kindle Paperwhite, with both of Percy's series neatly installed for me. I made a resolution with myself: I would reread both series, reading only at mealtimes where I sat alone. By the time I was finished, I wanted to see where I was compared to when I started.

Re-reading the series was like coming home. It was nostalgia, sadness, and ecstasy wrapped into one. I delighted in revisiting Percy's old haunts, his friends, his challenges. However, it was sad, knowing I had grown up and left them behind while they had stayed the same. It was a riveting memory train which made me look forward to meals, and eased my loneliness at school. Gradually, as the semester progressed, I was reading on Percy's tales less and less, as I found my friends, clubs, and organizations that gradually took up more and more time.

I still haven't finished my re-read, and am about halfway through "The Blood of Olympus". I've come a long way in the almost decade since I first received that tattered copy of "The Lightning Thief", and I still have some ways to go. So thanks, Percy, Annabeth, Grover, Jason, Piper, Reyna, Nico, Frank, Hazel, Leo. Thank you for growing up with me. I'll never forget you.


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