Today’s #MentalHealthMonday is devoted to music. Like most people, music is a source of comfort for me and helps me feel better in all kinds of moods. I have carefully curated playlists for pretty much any situation you could think of (many of which consist only of Taylor Swift songs), but today I wanted to share with you all a short playlist that I’ve been listening to and building onto for years.
If you don’t know me personally, you might not know the significance of advocacy in my life. As a teacher, protectiveness for my students comes pretty naturally to me, but the acts of serving others and advocating for causes that matter to me are absolutely central to who I am as a person. That being said, no matter how much experience I have doing advocacy work, it never really gets easier. The pressure of taking care of others and the sense of urgency that comes with many of these issues is overwhelming sometimes. Sometimes I feel like I can never do enough to help. And sometimes, I feel like I’m completely out of my league.
So here are some songs from the playlist I listen to when I start to doubt myself. Many of these songs are cliche and cheesy, but what I love about this list is that I’ve been curating it for so long that listening to it reminds me of other times when I’ve felt this insecurity and anxiety and overcame it full force. If you have suggestions of songs that are similar in spirit, please share! Here they are, in no particular order, except that the last one is my favorite song in the whole world and also happens to be by my favorite band!
Free Me by Joss Stone
Good As Hell by Lizzo
GIRL by Maren Morris
Strip Me by Natasha Bedingfield
Love Runs Out by OneRepublic
Save Rock and Roll by Fall Out Boy
Not Gonna Take Me by Bailen