Shawn Mendes' Song "In My Blood" Is An Anthem For People With Anxiety

Shawn Mendes' Song "In My Blood" Is An Anthem For People With Anxiety

Help me, it's like the walls are caving in.

After waiting so long for Shawn Mendes to release a new song, he blows us away with "In My Blood."

This is a side we have never seen of Shawn as he usually produces fun pop anthems. With "In My Blood," Shawn shows his fans he is just like the rest of us, struggling to learn how to cope with life and all the anxieties that come with it. We tend to think we are alone in the battles we face in life, and that no one else understands what we are going through. Truth is, no one has a perfect life some people are just better at masking it than others.

For Shawn Mendes, he seems to have it all; he's got the talent, the looks, the fortune and the fame, but that's not all that it's cracked up to be. He is constantly traveling, meaning he's away from loved ones for long periods of time, he's dealing with gossip that drags his name through the mud, he's constantly trying to fit the image his PR team and label want him to execute and he's constantly under pressure to remain relevant in the world of Hollywood.

Now, I don't know about you, but I am stressed out just listing all the things he has to deal with daily. As someone who suffers from severe anxiety, when I heard this song, I felt at ease knowing it's not just me facing this never-ending battle.

"Help me, it's like the walls are caving in
Sometimes I feel like giving up
But I just can't
It isn't in my blood"

To start the song off, Shawn has opened up to show that sometimes he wants to just give it all up but he won't because it's not like him to give up. Instead, he's saying you need to dig deep and keep pushing through the hard times even if it seems like it will never end because you are not a quitter.

"Laying on the bathroom floor, feeling nothing
I'm overwhelmed and insecure, give me something
I could take to ease my mind slowly
Just have a drink and you'll feel better
Just take her home and you'll feel better
Keep telling me that it gets better
Does it ever?"

Right away Shawn dives into some pretty heavy stuff that most people with anxiety can relate to. You feel insecure, overwhelmed, numb and tired desperate to find a way to escape your never-ending thoughts for just a little bit. You ask for help but everyone tells you it will pass and to keep yourself busy in the meantime, but you doubt it will ever "get better."

Truth is, it probably won't get better right away and if you can't cope with that, it's time to see a therapist or see a doctor about possibly getting medication. Your mental health is important so respect yourself enough to find the help you need. You are not alone and there are people out there to help you cope.

"Help me, it's like the walls are caving in
Sometimes I feel like giving up
No medicine is strong enough
Someone help me
I'm crawling in my skin
Sometimes I feel like giving up
But I just can't"

Clearly, Shawn doesn't have the picture-perfect life we all assume, based on the pictures we see online and in magazines. In fact, he feels alone, trapped and helpless just wanting someone to realize he needs help. Anxiety is the worst because it feeds your thoughts and causes you to spiral out of control.

You begin to believe the worst scenario your mind plays over and over until you feel like everything is caving in. You just want to escape yourself because you'd do anything to have a peaceful moment. You just want someone to help you get there and achieve peace of mind.

"I'm looking through my phone again feeling anxious
Afraid to be alone again, I hate this
I'm trying to find a way to chill, can't breathe, oh
Is there somebody who could..."

We have all experienced this feeling before, thanks to our phone/social media addiction. You try so hard to make your life seem perfect on Instagram or Facebook that you get caught up in this fantasy when it isn't your reality.

Once you face that, you begin to wonder, "Do my friends still like me?" "What if I am not good enough anymore?" "What if there is someone out there who is better than me?"

This is a dark and lonely place to be, thinking everyone will leave eventually, so why let them in your life in the first place? Don't get too caught up in your phone and social media otherwise your mind will have a field day with the thoughts that your life isn't perfect and you aren't perfect.

Also, do not overthink text messages and subtweets; if there is an issue, address it over the phone or in person so you can hear the person's tone.

From here, the chorus repeats itself but it is clear that this song is pretty damn deep for his first single off the upcoming album. I have a feeling Shawn's new album will be the new anthem for people who suffer from anxiety.

As someone who struggles with anxiety and finding healthy ways to cope with it, music is sometimes a good escape for me. The world is a cruel and dark place sometimes, and it's okay to visit your dark place from time to time but you can't stay there. If you stay in the dark place, it will consume you and will be harder to leave. Everyone may seem like their life is together but that's false.

EVERYONE has their own battles they are fighting day to day and no one is perfect. You are not alone and that's exactly what Shawn is trying to say. Be strong and keep the faith because you will come out the other end a stronger and better person.

Cover Image Credit: Teen Vogue

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The world needs you.

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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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.


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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