My blogging tribe, Laura Spoonie and Johnzelle, tagged me to participate in creating a “Pick me up playlist” for World Mental Health Day. Laura created the tag, a brilliant way to spread positivity and light. If I could only use three words to describe each of these individuals I would say:

Laura: warrior, authentic, and creative

Johnzelle: compassionate, funny, and ambitious

Check out their blogs and their individual playlists, I am definitely adding some new jams to my mix!

Rules:

  1. Link back to ‘Pick Me Up Playlist’ creator – Laura Spoonie
  2. Tag the blogger who nominated you
  3. Mention how music helps your Mental Health
  4. List 10 songs that you would consider to be a part of your ‘Pick Me Up Playlist’ (optional: mention a little bit why each song is on your list)
  5. Tag 10 other bloggers to join in with the ‘Pick Me Up Playlist’ Challenge

Music and Mental Health

I cannot go a day without listening to music; a good song that I feel in my soul can give me chills and take me to another place. I spent a lot of time quietly by myself, not knowing how to express the way I feel and being angry because of it. Music provided an outlet and a voice. In my childhood bedroom, I have “I’m sorry I can’t be perfect” written on my wall in sharpie, from Simple Plan’s “Perfect”. I was anxious and sad, listening to songs like “Numb” (Linkin Park), “I’m Not Okay” (My Chemical Romance), and “Imaginary” (Evanescence), made me feel less alone and seen. Nowadays, music makes me dance, smile, and be productive. A solid jam can center me and help me tune out my thoughts. In traffic, my car tends to turn into a Broadway stage as musicals have been my go-to travel companion. Music is life and it can have a profound effect on all of us.

Here is my playlist :

  • Here comes a thoughtEstelle and AJ Michalka

This is from Steven Universe. This song is about taking a moment to collect your thoughts and reminding yourself that it will be okay. When I remember, I like to listen to it in the morning to brace myself for the day.

  • My shotLin Manuel Miranda

HAMILTON! From the beat to the lyrics, this Hamilton classic never fails to hype me up. I have also mastered the quick rapping sections so it makes me feel pretty proud of myself.

  • There’s a good reason these tables are numbered honey, you just haven’t thought of it yet– Panic! At the Disco

This is one of my favorite Panic songs.

  • I won’t say I’m in love– Susan Egan, et al.

Hercules👏🏽 is 👏🏽an 👏🏽underrated👏🏽 Disney 👏🏽movie!

  • Anything for you– Ludo

I love Ludo as a band! Fun fact, this is “our song”.

  • P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)– Michael Jackson

🎶Don’t you know now is the perfect time … 🎶 Such a good, upbeat song!

  • Walk away Kelly Clarkson

I cannot help but dance to this song, even in the grocery store. So much sass and attitude, Kelly!

  • Dancing through life Idina Menzel, et al.

Have I mentioned I like musicals? This is my favorite track from Wicked.

  • Me He Enamorado De Ti– Arcangel

This is a shout-out to my Latin roots and is a good head bopping, driving song.

  • Radio– Donna Summer

At the tail-end of the disco era, this track starts off sounding somber then burst into a full-blown dance number. I am an old head, so I had to include a real throwback.

jamming out the loud house GIF by Nickelodeon

I tag:

No pressure, all fun. I hope the day moves and grooves you!

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Written by MutedMouthful

Native New Yorker, amateur artist, sarcastic social worker, professional people watcher, and alliteration addict.

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