Anxiety is a bitch. Depression is a bitch. When you’re in the midst of anxiety or a panic attack I know as well as anyone that it’s so difficult to find your feet and bring yourself back into control. Anxiety can be all-consuming and one thing I find helps me a lot when I’m feeling down is music. Thanks to Youtube, I’ve compiled a shortlist of the songs that I love to listen to when I’m not feeling myself. These songs all make me feel like I’m flying and as though I’m completely weightless. So lie back, put some headphones in (EVERYTHING sounds better with headphones), turn it up, and enjoy these 8 songs to calm anxiety.
Lord Huron – The Night We Met
You may recognise this song if you watched the Netflix original series ’13 Reasons Why’. It was one of the most popular songs from the entire programme as it captured the mood and emotions so beautifully.
The line “I had all and then most of you, some, and now none of you” completely destroys me.
Bon Iver – Holocene
I can’t tell you what it is about this song, it’s just magical. It gives me the feeling that I’m above the clouds looking down on the world and I’m completely alone and at peace. His voice is just heavenly, and the sonic soundscape of this song blows my mind.
“And at once I knew I was not magnificent”.
Imogen Heap – Hide and Seek
This was actually the first Imogen Heap song I ever heard and I completely fell in love with it. It just stops me in my tracks. I know that normally when you hear the word “vocoder” you think of the autotuned wonder of the likes of ‘Believe’ by Cher, but Imogen Heap uses it in such a beautiful, original way that I’ve never heard before. Fun fact: if you listen carefully, you can hear a very faint recording of her cooking bolognaise in this song.
Lana Del Rey – Black Beauty
It’s no surprise that I have a bit of Lana on here, is it? This song gives me goosebumps in the best way. The way this song erupts into the first chorus borders on orgasmic.
“Life is beautiful, but you don’t have a clue”.
Ben Howard – I Forget Where We Were
This song is just epic (it was amazing live, too). His voice is so haunting and beautiful, and the music in this song just sends me to another dimension. The solo section is just mind-blowing. To be fair, the whole album is just as good as this song, but this one has always been my favourite.
“Maybe it was peace at last, who knew?”
Kodaline – High Hopes
I love the way this song builds, a really easy and lovely song to listen to. It makes me feel optimistic about the future and that things will get better.
“It’s time to let it go, get out, and start again”
Ludovico Einaudi – Nuvole Bianche
This is one of my favourite Einaudi songs, it’s so beautiful. In English, “Nuvole Bianche” means “White Clouds” (appropriate for my flying feeling, right!?).
London Grammar – Rooting For You
Getting into London Grammar was one of the best things I’ve ever done. All of their songs feel calming to me, but this one is definitely my favourite song to calm anxiety. Hannah Reid’s voice is so beautifully haunting and I love how the instruments sit back and let her voice do the talking (or singing!) in this song.
I’d love to hear which songs you listen to in order to calm anxiety!