PART 2: Powerful Inspiring Songs To Support Your Mental Health

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If words are power and music heals, songs with empowering lyrics can really make a difference. In part 1 HERE I introduced you to ten songs that have deeply meaningful lyrics, some of which helped me through depressive episodes and reminded me of my worth. Music can help mental health so here are 10 more songs you may want to add to your playlists. All of these songs will be played on the new mental health and music station in 2019. They are varied for different genres and interests. This selection is a mix of great lyrics and uplifting beats. The fundraising campaign begins on October 2nd so we can fly high with everything we need to get going.

 

 

The power in Rag’n’Bone Man’s voice blew me away when I first heard it along with his epic beautiful sound. This is a real feeler of a song. Thoroughly enjoy it.  A song when you feel the world is putting blame on and you have lost touch with the fact you are human and that’s okay.

 

LYRICS

 

Maybe I’m foolish, maybe I’m blind
Thinking I can see through this and see what’s behind
Got no way to prove it so maybe I’m blind
But I’m only human after all, I’m only human after all
Don’t put your blame on me
Take a look in the mirror and what do you see
Do you see it clearer or are you deceived in what you believe
Cos I’m only human after all, you’re only human after all
Don’t put the blame on me
Don’t put your blame on me

 

CONT…

 

This song may not be something you know, but it’s lyrics are very purposeful. Absorb them when you feel you are not in the right place or need to be doing something else

LYRICS

I am exactly where I need to be

I need to be exactly where I am

I am a blessing manifest

I can undress the moment

naked time unwinds beneath my mind

and from within i find the kind of beauty

only I can find

I am exactly where I need to be

I need to be exactly where I am

I am surrendering so willingly

to be the perfect me inside this now

CONT…

 

The video is not meant to offend, but lighten the mood. I hope this song makes you smile and if you are feeling low and lacking in energy I dare you to get up with your headphones on loud and not move that body. It’s a hilarious video and just emphasises we don’t need to take ourselves so seriously. The lyrics are limited but the energy is infectious! And we all need a good laugh often.

 

 

BRAVE by Sara Bareilles is a song for courage. A song that encourages you to step up, stand out, let yourself be seen and heard no matter what  your life circumstances. After what felt like a decade of invisibility this song is one of my many ‘go-to’ songs to remind me to keep going, no matter how unconventional I am or how my light needs to be seen.

 

LYRICS

 

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
When they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you

 

CONT…

 

 

This song by Katy Perry is the first song I heard that I felt like it was speaking to me. Not a song only for teenagers but for anyone who has a light inside that has been hidden. For when you feel you are not good enough, but want so much to share your passion and your voice. When the inner voice is painful this song helps inspire me. It often makes me cry. As I write this and listen I have goosebumps as the song speaks to the reason I am setting up the radio station Peace Within Radio.

 

LYRICS

 

Do you ever feel
Like a plastic bag
Drifting through the wind
Wanting to start again
Do you ever feel Feel
so paper-thin
Like a house of cards
One blow from caving in
Do you ever feel
Already buried deep
Six feet under
Screams but no one seems to hear a thing
Do you know that there’s
Still a chance for you
‘Cause there’s a spark in you
You just gotta
Ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July

 

CONT….

 

 

An upbeat song for when the haters are hating. If you have put yourself out into the world and people are criticising you, trolls are attacking you on social media, when people are being cruel, sometimes you just need to literally shake it off. This beat is really catchy too. Taylor Swift has had her fair share of haters in her position as a celebrity musician

 

LYRICS

 

I stay out too late, got nothin’ in my brain
That’s what people say, mmm hmm, that’s what people say, mmm hmm
I go on too many dates, but I can’t make ’em stay
At least that’s what people say mmm mmm, that’s what people say mmm mmm
But I keep cruising, can’t stop, won’t stop moving
It’s like I got this music in my mind, sayin’ gonna be alright
‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

 

CONT…

 

 

Jessie J has a great pair of lungs. Knowing the lyrics helps. She is someone who has been through a lot and sings her feelings with incredible power. A song when you are feeling overwhelmed and at a loss in life. She has helped many people through some really challenging times with her song lyrics and passion.

 

FULL LYRICS

 

I stare at my reflection in the mirror
Why am I doing this to myself?
Losing my mind on a tiny error,
I nearly left the real me on the shelf
No, no, no, no
Don’t lose who you are, in the blur of the stars
Seeing is deceiving, dreaming is believing,
It’s okay not to be okay
Sometimes it’s hard, to follow your heart
Tears don’t mean you’re losing, everybody’s bruising,
Just be true to who you are
Brushing my hair, do I look perfect?
I forgot what to do to fit the mold, yeah
The more I try the less it’s working, yeah,
‘Cause everything inside me screams, no, no, no, no, yeah
Don’t lose who you are, in the blur of the stars
Seeing is deceiving, dreaming is believing
It’s okay not to be okay
Sometimes it’s hard, to follow your heart
But tears

 

 

An uplifting, feel-good song for when you are in that place. A day when the sun shining is a good thing and you are in a lighter spirit.

 

LYRICS

 

 had a dream so big and loud
I jumped so high I touched the clouds
Wo-o-o-o-o-oh, wo-o-o-o-o-oh
I stretched my hands out to the sky
We danced with monsters through the night
Wo-o-o-o-o-oh, wo-o-o-o-o-oh
I’m never gonna look back
Woah, never gonna give it up
No, please don’t wake me now
This is gonna be the best day of my life
My li-i-i-i-i-ife
This is gonna be the best day of my life
My li-i-i-i-i-ife

 

CONT…

 

 

This track by Elisha David is such a sweet gentle song. More from when you are in that in-between place between sorrow and peace, but a song that will soothe the spirit and heart.

LYRICS

praise the world
and grow
and let your sorrow go

face the day
embrace
repeat the sounding joy…

cont…

 

Jason Mraz is a bit like liquid velvet on the ears. A great reminder that the moment is the only place we have to be. The more we are able to be here-now the stress and struggle can reduce.

 

FULL LYRICS

 

If this life is one act
Why do we lay all these traps
We put them right in our path
When we just wanna be free
I will not waste my days
Making up all kinds of ways
To worry about all the things
That will not happen to me
So I just let go of what I know I don’t know
And I know I only do this by
Living in the moment
Living my life
Easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
With peace in my heart
Peace in my soul
Wherever I’m going, I’m already home
Living in the moment
I’m letting myself off the hook for things I’ve done
I let my past go past
And now I’m having more fun
I’m letting go of the thoughts
That do not make me strong
And I believe this way can be the same for everyone
And if I fall asleep
I know you’ll be the one who’ll always remind me
To live in the moment
To

 

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PART 1 with more uplifting and inspiring songs HERE

 

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Kelly Martin is the author of ‘When Everyone Shines But You’ , a passionate mental health writer, podcaster, radio producer and blogger questioning life’s illusions. After what seemed like a decade of intense anxiety, feelings of failure and grief from the loss of her father she chose to take a mindfulness path and has not looked back since. Kelly encourages people to find the treasures that lie within the pain and suffering and to learn to see themselves as ‘enough’ exactly as they are, right now through her writing, website, podcast Kelly Martin Speaks and her Facebook LIVE’s

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