My Mental Health Playlist for When My Anxiety is Unbearable

Although mental health isn’t talked about much in pop culture, it sometimes make an appearance in music. Since music is such a powerful artistic medium that helps people with their mental health journeys, I’ve decided to compile a list with songs about mental health. When I learned about distress tolerance skills in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, I latched onto the idea of using the five senses to effectively overcome my crippling anxiety and breakdowns. I made this playlist on my iPhone to put me in a better mood when I need to tolerate the unbearable distress that Borderline Personality Disorder and anxiety bring me. The songs I chose are inspirational and easy to relate to at the same time. They cover a variety of genres, but mainly pop and rock. I hope you find this playlist as inspirational as I do!


Anxiety Playlist

1. Famous Last Words- My Chemical Romance

“I am not afraid to keep on living, I am not afraid to walk this world alone.” 

2. Fight Song- Rachel Platten

“…’cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me.” 

3. Never Too Late- Three Days Grace

“Maybe we’ll turn it all around ’cause it’s not too late, it’s never too late.”

4. Still Breathing- Mayday Parade

“And nothing will stop this heart from beating, I’m still breathing.”

5. Breathe (2 AM)- Anna Nalick

“…so just cradle your head in your hands and breathe, just breathe.” 

6. Stronger- Britney Spears

“My lonliness ain’t killin’ me no more…”

7. The Middle- Jimmy Eat World

“Everything, everything will be just fine…”

8. One More Light- Linkin Park

“Can I help you not to hurt anymore?”

9. Sing- My Chemical Romance

“…and raise your voice every single time they try and shut your mouth.”


Although my playlist is geared towards combating my anxiety, you can make a playlist for any emotion or situation. What would be on your mental health playlist? I’d love to know!


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