#MentalFitnessTalk: My "Pick Me Up" Playlist

 Photo from   HelloGiggles .

Photo from HelloGiggles.

I'm still at a lost for words in regards to the recent election and the events surrounding it. I've been toying around with different ideas and different angles for a blog post related to these issues, but I honestly just don't know what to say (reasons why I didn't post last week). What I do know is that music helps me through tough times. It doesn't change things, but it does put me in a much better mood. We have to take care ourselves during times of turmoil, especially our mental state. Music is a proven from of therapy and a great way to clear your mind.

I want to share my most up-to-date "pick me up" playlist to give you an idea of what songs put me in great mood. Click the links to listen and download if haven't already! 

  1. Rise Up by Andra Day 
  2. I Was Created For This by Tweet
  3. 24K Magic by Bruno Mars (If this song doesn't get you hype, I don't know what will!)
  4. Drift by Alina Baraz
  5. Kool As Hail by All Cows Eat Grass
  6. Vegas by ABRA
  7. Fruit by ABRA (honestly, anything by ABRA)
  8. How Great by Chance the Rapper feat. Jay Electronica & Chance's cousin, Nicole
  9. Encourage Yourself by Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers
  10. We're Blessed by Fred Hammond
  11. Penthouse Cloud by The Internet
  12. You're Bigger by Jekalyn Carr
  13. Chief Don't Run by Jidenna
  14. Ultralight Beam by Kanye West 
  15. Before I Die by Kirk Franklin
  16. Go Get It by Mary Mary
  17. Black Beatles by Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane (because who doesn't listen to this song for a pick-me-up)
  18. Cranes in the Sky by Solange (actually, the entire album)
  19. Free in Deed by William Murphy
  20. Best of Me by Yuna 

I hope this playlist gives you some ideas for some great songs. Listening to music is calming and takes you away from the world, even for just a few minutes. It's definitely one of my favorite ways to stay mentally fit!


I love being put on to new music, so comment below and tell me some of your favorite mood-changer songs! Also, tell me what you have been doing to remain sane in the midst of everything that's been going on.