Sometimes you just need music that soothes your soul. That takes your mind to a different place than where it is right now. Songs to calm you down, that need no words to illustrate your feelings. Songs that say everything you want to say but can’t.
It’s been documented that music can soothe anxiety and reduce pain. Which doesn’t surprise me at all because it’s the one thing that never fails to change my mood.
Here are 10 of my favourite songs to calm you down when you’re anxious, that help me get through stressful days and help me sleep when my mind is working overtime; Tell me your favourites in the comments!
10 Songs To Calm You Down When You’re Feeling Anxious
1 . Hammock – Tape Recorder
This band takes me somewhere I can’t even describe, every time I hear their music.
I would seriously recommend listening to them when you’re feeling down, or boxed in, or in need of a little motivation. Their songs are like wanderlust for your ears.
2. Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors – Hourglass
I found this song totally by accident, in the depths of YouTube “up next’s” and now it’s one of my favourite songs to listen to when I’m anxious.
3. Cary Brothers – Ride
You’ve probably heard this on a soundtrack or two, I think One Tree Hill was the first show I heard it on (don’t judge me, it was a different time!) and I’ve been hooked on it ever since.
Love this song!
4. Bon Iver – Holocene
Literally had to pick one of his songs at random because all of his songs are relaxing as fuck.
5. This Will Destroy You – Quiet
Another post-rock entry that I can’t get enough of. Calms me down then perks me back up again at the end.
6. Jon Hopkins – Campfire
From the Monsters original soundtrack – I love listening to this while jogging near the river. In fact all of his music.
7. Mazzy Star – Fade Into You
So many Mazzy Star songs to choose from, but this one’s my personal favourite. I also love their cover of Wild Horses by Rolling Stones.
8. Coldplay – Midnight (Kygo Remix)
Okay so I already love the original but this remix is heaven for long journeys where you just need to calm your nerves.
9. Solar fields – Leaving Home
Take a walk in the woods on a sunny afternoon with your headphones on and listen to this track. You will not regret it.
10. Ray Lamontagne -All the Wild Horses
I couldn’t not mention this song here. This song always helps me when I’m having anxiety related insomnia, it helps me calm down and drift off to sleep.
Songs To Calm You Down Spotify Playlist:
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So these may not technically be songs, but I figured these were worth mentioning..
Tycho – Dive (Full Album
This isn’t a song but a whole album. My brother sent me the link when I was feeling crap and told me I might like it. I listened to it outside in the dark while observing the stars..
Heavy Rain or Rolling Thunder
This NEVER fails to put me to sleep. Rain is my favourite sound in the world, it relaxes me so much.
When the nights are too quiet and all I can hear is the sound of my own thoughts, I put this playlist on and I’m instantly calm and I have the best sleep ever.
Share your favourite songs to calm anxiety in the comments!
Related: 10 Hobbies That Are Good For Anxiety
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