Is anyone else having any mid-semester worries? Every time midterms come around, I wonder if I could be doing more. I wish everyone luck on their midterms! We all know that means the semester is almost over and we can relax for the whole summer! We can make it through!
Okay so who here has Insomnia? Go ahead raise your hands, I know lots of us have it. Having anxiety and depression, makes it hard to quiet my brain… this causes a lot of sleepless nights. I know you’re probably looking at my title and thinking ‘Why would you listen to music if you’re trying to sleep??” Well to answer it simply, it quiets down my thoughts. I try to listen to soundcloud mixes that are super long and have little to no vocals. The instrumentals have to be mellow and it’ll put me right to sleep with a littlw help from melatonin sometimes. So this is just a “hey soundcloud is real and useful take advantage of it.”
*I’ve decided to make part 2 less overwhelming by just doing music suggestions. Part 3 will be about TV and movies!
We’re going to continue the conversation about self care. I think it’s great to use music as a weapon to fight negative feelings. Of course you should talk things out and take active steps to improving your mood, but sometimes you just need a quick pick me up playlist. So there’s three kinds of things I’m looking for when it comes to my feel good playlist. If I’m feeling depressed, I’m looking for upbeat songs. If I’m feeling very anxious, I’m looking for mellow songs. And if I’m trying to fall asleep, I’m looking for mellow songs with little to no vocals.
All I Need by Noname
Noname’s voice is just so smooth and so calm. Her music always sounds so soothing. There’s no way you can listen to her and not love her.
2. Try by Courtnie
I just found this song a few days ago and it’s just perfect. I love this!
2. Healer by Mick Jenkins Ft. Noname
This song can be played repeatedly and not get old. You can just get lost in it.
4. TwoAM by SZA
You probably know this is a cover for PARTYNEXTDOOR’s Come and See Me. This is always going to keep me calm.
5. Water Me by FKA twigs
6. Lost by Chance the Rapper Ft. Noname
All I have to say is listen to it and fall in love.
I learned that I had Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder in 2012. It’s been a challenge to keep myself feeling great. I was doing a combination of therapy sessions, and SSRI’s and sedatives. Session, SSRI, Sedative. Session, SSR, Sedative. It got really tedious. And I almost always fall off the wagon. I am currently off the wagon and in some dirt as I type this. I just like winging things I guess. It feels kinda reckless…
But I always know when to climb back into the wagon because mental health is very important. And I will admit that sometimes it just feels pointless. Sometimes you have to take time to stop and take care of yourself. If you’re not feeling good mentally, you have to take steps to make yourself feel better. I feel like you have to take a self care day and get everything together. Gather your life and feelings, lay them out, and engage in some fun stuff, while catching up on work.
When I have a self care day, there’s a lot of steps I take. First, I start with hygiene. Everyone who has depression knows staying in bed and not leaving except to use the bathroom is the way to go. But if you’re already in the bathroom, take a quick shower and brush your teeth.
Then I like to make sure I eat something. Even if it is 6pm and all I had was air so far, a meal is very useful. Pasta is my go to meal. It takes less than 20 minutes to cook, and you have variety. It is also very filling.
Okay you washed up and ate … what’s next? Check to see if your favorite show is on. And pick a show that will make you laugh. My favorite show to watch when I’m feeling down is Roseanne(They play the episodes on Logo). There’s not much drama and there’s so many funny moments and I’ve seen all of the episodes so if my mind wanders, I still know what’s going on. But if you just want to laugh so hard you’ll cry, watch Impractical Jokers. (Trutv)
If there isn’t good shows on, Listen to your favorite music. Your favorite music will lift your spirits so fast. My first choice song is Dance On Me by Goldlink. It has me dancing as soon as it starts. Anything that’ll get you moving or singing a long is great. I like to pretend I’m performing Caretaker by D.R.A.M ft. SZA when no one is looking.
Finally, you have to make sure you got any homework/work that’s been sitting in your to-do list, start them. The more that you have on your to-do list, the more stressed you’ll be. Start something and make plans to finish it. It might be a lot but you can definitely do it. And as a side note, If you’ve been isolating yourself, maybe text your friends. If you ghosted them, try to let them know that you’re alive.
**Part 2 will be up soon, and it’ll be a list of great tv shows/movies and music to consume while you’re down!!
Now that Black History Month is over, I will be posting a variety of content. I will continue to post think pieces but they will range in topics. We’ll talk about self care, black feminism, pop culture, music recommendations ,and lots of other fun stuff! Stay tuned 🙂