40 Songs To Listen To That Help With Anxiety

40 Songs To Listen To That Help With Anxiety

"The kids are grown up but their lives are worn."

Every day, more and more people are being diagnosed with mental illnesses and diseases and have a hard time coping with them. One of the many popular ones today include anxiety.

It is definitely not easy to live with and can be hard to control, but as someone who has anxiety issues, I can tell you that there are ways to calm down after having a panic episode. Normally during or after a panic attack, I like to take my mind off of the present and try to calm myself down.

One way I do that is by surrendering myself to music. Listening to music almost always helps me calm down and I thought I'd share a good bit of songs that I like to listen to when I am anxious.

Honestly most of the songs I listen to come from only a few bands. My favorite happening to be PVRIS (pronounced Paris). All of the songs they write hold deep meaning and help me take my mind off of the things that stress me out. So here are a few of my favorite songs I listen to by this band.

1. Winter by PVRIS

2. Half by PVRIS

3. Walk Alone by PVRIS

4. What's Wrong by PVRIS

And sometimes you don't need lyrics to help calm you down as they can be distracting sometimes. Because of this, I like to listen to many different compositions by different composers to keep my dark thoughts at bay.

5. Time by Hans Simmer

6. Take Flight by Lindsey Sterling

7. Fyrsta by Olafur Arnolds

8. Beyond This Moment by Patrick O'Hearn

9. Near Light by Olafur Arnolds

10. Only The Winds by Olafur Arnolds

11. This Place Is A Shelter by Olafur Arnolds

12. The Arena by Lindsey Sterling

13. TwentyTwoFourteen by The Album Leaf

14. Crystalline by Lights & Motion

15. I Could Hear Water At The Edge Of all Things by Hammock

Those are some of my favorite compositions to listen to. The rest of the list is filled with random songs that have impacted me while dealing with my anxiety. Some songs are inspirational, some are sad and express what I'm feeling at the moment, some are more upbeat and poppy, and some are hopeful and relatable.

16. Take On The World by You Me At Six

17. If I Get High by Nothing But Thieves

18. Graveyard Whistling by Nothing But Thieves

19. DNA by Lia Marie Johnson

20. Rise by Katy Perry

21. Hold my Heart by Lindsey Sterling

22. Millennia by Crown The Empire

23. Million Reasons by Lady Gaga

24. Without The Lights by Elliot Moss

25. Demons by Imagine Dragons

26. Safe and Sound Madilyn Bailey

27. Slip by Elliot Moss

28. The Kids Aren't Alright by Fall Out Boy

29. This is Gospel by Panic At The Disco

30. The Greatest by Sia

31. Way Down We Go by Kaleo

32. Doubt by Twenty One Pilots

33. Mind Over Matter by PVRIS

34. Demon Limbs by PVRIS

35. Wiser by Madilyn Bailey

36. Save Yourself by Kaleo

37. Fire N Gold by Bea Miller

38. Lionheart by Demi Lovato

39. Hard Times by Paramore

40. Jesus Christ by PVRIS

I hope you enjoy this list of songs I created and I hope it helps a lot of people with their anxiety issues. The most important thing to remember is to stay in a healthy state of mind and never hesitate to reach out to someone if you are drowning in your own thoughts.

As hard as that is, I at least hope that some of you can cope by listening to music. Enjoy.

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For Camille, With Love

To my godmother, my second mom, my rooted confidence, my support


First grade, March. It was my first birthday without my mom. You through a huge party for me, a sleepover with friends from school. It included dress up games and making pizza and Disney trivia. You, along with help from my grandma, threw me the best birthday party a 7-year-old could possibly want.

During elementary school, I carpooled with you and a few of the neighborhood kids. I was always the last one to be dropped off, sometimes you would sneak a donut for me. Living next door to you was a blessing. You helped me with everything. In second grade, you helped me rehearse lines for history day so I could get extra credit. In 4th grade, you helped me build my California mission.

You and your sister came out to my 6th grade "graduation". You bought me balloons and made me feel as if moving onto middle school was the coolest thing in the entire world.

While you moved away from next door, you were a constant in my life. Going to Ruby's Diner for my birthday, seeing movies at the Irvine Spectrum and just hanging out, I saw you all the time. During these times, you told me about all of the silly things you did with my mom and dad, how my mom was your best friend. I couldn't have had a greater godmother.

In middle school, you pushed me to do my best and to enroll in honors. You helped me through puberty and the awkward stages of being a woman.

Every single time I saw you, it would light up my entire day, my week. You were more than my godmother, you were my second mom. You understood things that my grandma didn't.

When you married John, you included me in your wedding. I still have that picture of you, Jessica, Aaron and myself on my wall at college. I was so happy for you.

Freshmen year of high school, you told me to do my best. I did my best because of you. When my grandma passed away that year, your shoulder was the one I wanted to cry on.

You were there when I needed to escape home. You understood me when I thought no one would. You helped me learn to drive, letting me drive all the way from San Clemente to Orange.

When I was applying to colleges, you encouraged me to spread my wings and fly. You told me I should explore, get out of California. I wanted to study in London, you told me to do it. That's why, when I study abroad this Spring in London, I will do it for you.

When I had gotten into UWT, you told me to go there. I did and here I am, succeeding and living my best in Tacoma. I do it for you, because of you.

When I graduated high school and I was able to deliver a speech during our baccalaureate, you cheered me on. You recorded it for me, so I could show people who weren't able to make it to the ceremony. You were one of the few people able to come to my actual graduation. You helped me celebrate the accomplishments and awards from my hard work.

When your cancer came back, I was so worried. I was afraid for you, I was afraid of what I would do without the support you had always given me. When I was in Rome, I went to the Vatican and had gotten a Cross with a purple gem in the middle blessed by the Pope to help you with your treatments. It was something from me and a little bit of my mom in the necklace, the gem.

Now, sitting so far from you away at college just like you wanted me to. I miss you. I wish I was there to say goodbye.

I'll travel the world for you, write lots of stories and books for you, I will live life to the fullest for you.

You are another angel taken too early in life. Please say hello to my parents and grandma in Heaven for me.

Lots of love,


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