For many young women, the trials of life can place undue pressure upon how they see themselves. Many times, at its worst, the potential self-esteem issues that crop up are too much for a young woman to bear, often causing them to spiral into depression, addiction, and even self harm or suicide.
For those who battle depression, the most comforting and healing moments can come from listening to a particular song. Music, as often has been said, has a way of healing the soul. For those depressed and struggling, the following may be able to help guide them back to normalcy. The following ten songs have a way of empowering the listener and lifting even the most crushed of young spirits.
1. The Middle by Jimmy Eat World
“It just takes some time, little girl, you’re in the middle of the ride” reminds listeners that life is a journey with ups and downs and offers hopes that things will get better with time (“Everything will be all right, all right”).
2. Beautiful by Christina Aguilera
Its key line, “I am beautiful, no matter what they say,” hits home for many young ladies who, like Aguilera, have battled self-esteem issues. The internet is filled with stories from women who used “Beautiful” as a means to pull themselves back from the brink of despair.
3. I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
This classic gem from the disco era can really help you get through hard times. The song is meant to help you realize how strong you really are, and that you can make it through anything.
4. You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker
Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. Everyone has their own uniqueness and inner-beauty. Somewhere out there, someone is looking for exactly what you have to offer.
5. Beautiful Day by U2
This chart-topping, pop/rock masterpiece brought U2 back into the mainstream with its life-affirming lyrics and catchy, upbeat melody.
6. I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelly
Despite his own personal shortcomings, R. Kelly delivered one of the most beautiful testaments to personal acceptance with this lyrical gem. It truly is as inspirational as it is memorable.
7. Bad Day by Daniel Powter
A catchy, upbeat pop tune, Powter delivers a jolt of revitalization with his mega-hit, “Bad Day.” A lyrical description of something every person deals with on a frequent basis, Powter articulates it with beauty.
8. You Gotta Be by Des’ree
“Love will save the day” is the overtone of this priceless pop anthem. Des’ree delivers a heartwarming anthem to those who shun negativity and focus on the self-affirming qualities held within.
9. What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction
“Being the way that you are is enough” is the lyric that defines this pop hit from one of today’s most popular boy bands. The song calls out the insecurities faced by many young women today and offers reassurance that individuality is what makes them beautiful.
10. Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
This anthem of strength reminds the listener that even when they face trials and tribulations in life, they can learn from them and actually become a stronger person able to overcome even greater hurdles in the future.
When all else fails, music can be an important factor in helping someone re-emerge from depression. This list is just a start. There are many more that can be beneficial.
Cynthia Schroder is a child psychologist who often uses music as a way to connect with and help her young clients. Online Psychology Degrees can be a great way to learn more about music as a form of therapy, among many other fascinating elements of the field of psychology.
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