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20 Empowering Pop Songs to Beat Depression

We all need a break sometimes, right? I know I do. Whether I’m going through a terrible breakup, sitting by the phone waiting to find out about a friend in the hospital, or just overcome with so much anxiety I don’t want to get out of bed, depression will find it’s way back to me. What can you do to fight back?

For me, the answer is music! Did you know that music is scientifically proven to reduce stress and help us effectively manage or redirect our emotions? It’s true.

According to PsychCentral, “When people are very stressed, there is a tendency to avoid actively listening to music. Perhaps it feels like a waste of time, not helping to achieve anything. But as we know, productivity increases when stress is reduced, so this is another area where you can gain vast rewards. It just takes a small effort to begin with.”

With that in mind, I’ve compiled twenty of my favorite pop tracks that help me beat the blues and take me to my happy place. I encourage you to give these songs a go, make a list of each song that lifts you up or helps you feel empowered, and add your own favorite songs to your list so you have a helpful depression-fighting resource to get you moving when negative feelings return again.  Leave a comment below to let us know which songs you’d add to the list and which of my picks you found helpful.

And remember, you aren’t wasting time or being unproductive if you are treating your mental health. Stay strong, babes.

no.1: Rainbow – Kesha

no.2: Won’t Stop Running – A Great Big World

no.3: Warrior – Demi Lovato

no.4: Take A Bow – Rihanna

no. 5: Reaper – Sia

no.6: Whatever – Hot Chelle Rae

no.7: Save Myself – Ed Sheeran

no.8: The Climb – Miley Cyrus

no.9: So What – P!nk

n0.10: Move Along – The All-American Rejects

no.11: Just Another Day – Lady Gaga

no.12: Better – OneRepublic

no. 13: Never Give Up – Sia

no.14: Love Myself – Hailee Steinfeld

no.15: Rise – Katy Perry

no.16: Masterpiece – Jessie J

no.17: Human – Christina Perri

no.18: That Power – Will.I.Am ft. Justin Bieber

no.19: Dollhouse – Priscilla Renea

no.20: That’s My Girl – Fifth Harmony

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