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Whether creating or simply absorbing it, music has the potential to leave a profound impact on mental wellness. However, it can often be difficult to find the right music to fit what you need in the present moment. Sometimes, all you need to get you through a storm is to sit in it. Below, I have chosen some songs which can be used to get you through the low moments, the tough moments, and anything in between.

Pluto Projector by Rex Orange County

I will never recommend a song more for a day when you need to sit in your feelings. There is something truly phenomenal about this song. The lyrics, the melody, but most importantly, the instrumental. I often find myself the most invested in music that dedicates time to instrumentals. Often, instruments have the ability to portray what words cannot. If you are enduring a difficult moment, or if you simply need to escape your mind for a few minutes, Pluto Projector is the song for you.

Raining in june by olivia klug

This one is unique because it holds so many emotions at once. This song has both happiness in its softness and somber tones in its minor chords. There is a soft rain sound throughout the entire song which, for many, can be incredibly comforting. The meaning and effect of this song can vary from person to person, but I find that there is something beautiful about the simplicity of it and its ability to evoke a plethora of emotions.

To the mountains by Lizzy McAlpine

This song is the epitome of taking a step back to breathe. It is full of optimism, light sounds, and an indescribable calm feeling. There are sounds of birds in certain parts of the song which only adds to the airy vibe it projects. I recommend many Lizzy McAlpine songs as wellness boosters, but I think it depends on the person and specific situation which songs of hers will be the most impactful. 

Bloom by the paper kites

This song reminds me of going on a car ride with your head propped against the window, bobbing as the car vibrates. Bloom, in a similar vein as To the Mountains, is a way to ease your mind. There is something very comforting about the steady beat and the soft chords. With all of these songs, but especially this one, there is only so much I can describe. The true power of the songs come alive when listening to them for the first time.

I hope these songs are able to give you peace of mind whenever you need it. While listening to music carries magic, I recommend creating music of your own, creating your own magic. Each one of the songs I’ve listed have been created by artists who wrote to express themselves. Creating music, or really doing anything to express yourself creatively, can be incredibly impactful. I could recommend songs galore and preach the importance of creative expression forever, but I hope this has inspired you to use music as a tool for self-care and wellness, and to find your own list of songs that get you through the darker moments and into the light.

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Ania Sacks

Illinois '26

Hi! I'm Ania Sacks and I'm a freshman at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign studying English.
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