Inspirational Song Lyrics

There are a number of songs that I find inspirational when it comes to dealing with anxiety and other obstacles. I thought I would provide a list of some of these songs and some of the lyrics within each song that I find especially inspirational:

Jewel

  • Hands-This song is great for reminding us that we have the strength to get through our issues and that we are bigger than any obstacles that may come our way.
    • “I won’t be made useless
      I won’t be idle with despair
      I will gather myself around my faith
      For light does the darkness most fear
      My hands are small, I know
      But they’re not yours, they are my own
      But they’re not yours, they are my own
      And I am never broken”

 

  • Life Uncommon-We all need to make sure that we put our strength towards overcoming our obstacles and not giving into them. Jewel does a great job in this song of letting us know the importance of this and allowing us to realize that it is possible to get through what we are struggling with.
    • “No longer lent your strength to that
      which you wish to be free from
      Fill you lives with love and bravery
      And we shall lead a life uncommon”

 

  • Down So Long-So many times, we feel like we’re never going to get through our struggles. However, while it may take some time, if we work hard, we will get there.
    • “But I’ve been down so long
      Ooh, it can’t be longer still
      I’ve been down so long
      that the end must be drawing near”

 

  • Fading-This song isn’t so much inspirational as it is a way to show us that we are not alone in dealing with anxiety and panic attacks. This is actually a song Jewel wrote when she experienced a panic attack. I think the song does a great job of describing how it feels.
    • “‘Cause I am fading
      I‘m fading, I’m fading away,
      I am fading just like fairy tales
      When the hero loses faith
      I am fading”

*As you see, I love Jewel’s music. So many of her songs are inspirational and she has a beautiful voice. There are so many more inspirational songs by her that I didn’t add. I strongly suggest you guys check out her music. All of the lyrics I posted here were found on her site at: www.jeweljk.com.

Gloria Estefan

  • Get On Your Feet-Gloria Estefan manages to describe how it feels when we feel like giving up. However, in this song, she reminds us that giving up is not the answer, but rather trying our hardest is!
    • “Get on your feet
      Get up and make it happen
      Get on your feet
      Stand up and take some action
      Get on your feet
      Don’t stop before it’s over
      Get on your feet
      The weight is off your shoulder”

**Lyrics found on AZlyrics.com

Pat Benatar

  • Hit Me With Your Best Shot-While this song isn’t so much about anxiety, I do think that it could be. Think about it, anxiety tries over and over again to control us and take over our lives. We are stronger than our anxiety and we have to challenge our fears!
    • “Lets see how you do it
      Put up your dukes,
      Lets get down to it
      Hit me with your best shot
      Why don’t you hit me
      With your best shot
      Hit me with your best shot
      Fire Away”

***Lyrics found on AZlyrics.com

That’s all for today. I was going to add more but this took more work than I thought it would. Perhaps I will do another post with more songs and lyrics. Let me know what you think!

 

 

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“You” vs. “I”

Positive self-talk is important. When facing difficult situations, we need to be able to tell ourselves that we can get through our anxiety and other issues. None of us can afford to give in to the things that prevent us from living a life that we can be proud of and because of this, we need to constantly remind ourselves of our strength.

I want to briefly share two different ways one can supply themselves with positive self talk and share which way I think works better for myself. Here are two example of what we can say to ourselves:

1.) We can think to ourselves, “You are strong enough to get through this.”

2.) We can think to ourselves, “I am strong enough to get through this.”

While it is best to use whichever one works best for you, I find that the second example works best for myself. In both examples, we are speaking to ourselves, but in the first example we are almost saying that an outside force is strong enough to get through our anxiety. I feel that by saying, “I am strong enough” we are reinforcing that we each have the strength to get through this.

Let’s put it another way. If I say to myself, “You are strong enough to get through this”, I know that I am talking to myself. However, if I say, “I am strong enough to get through this”, it’s an extra reminder that I am capable of getting through my issues. Even if we know that we are talking about ourselves when we say “you” in this instance, when we usually use the word, “you” we are speaking of someone outside of ourselves. The word, “I” is always associated with ourselves.

I just wanted to take the time to write this because I know sometimes a little change in how we tell ourselves something makes all the difference. Also, I really do believe that it’s important to remind ourselves that we are stronger than our anxiety!

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Discovery

I’ve never looked at my anxiety as a good thing and honestly, I still don’t. In fact, I hate having to deal with anxiety and I hate how it tends to hold me back from doing what I want. However, through writing about my experiences with anxiety and creating this blog, along with writing articles on other websites, I have learned that I have the ability to reach others and that I’m not alone in my struggles.

I know I’ve thanked those who read, follow, “like”, and comment on my blog before, but I really do want you all to know how grateful I am that you support me with both my writing and my journey to get through my anxiety. While we all need to learn to depend on ourselves for happiness and confidence, so many of you have helped contribute by commenting positive thoughts on my blog and showing your support.

Support and kindness are vital, whether it be when you are struggling or when you are doing fine. Everyone needs to know that they are not alone in their battles and that they have others who care for them. I know that I have family and friends who care for me and love me and thanks to those who read my blog and other pieces of writing, I also know that I can relate to others and that they can relate to me as well. Also, I have found through writing that I am not alone in what I go through. I want to thank you all for that.

I also want to take some time to let all the people who have ever contributed kind comments on my blog and have showed their kindness and support through following my blog, etc. that when I give out blogging awards, I really do want you to all know that the awards really do go to all of you. It’s hard for me to pick specific blogs and people that I give the awards to, because, really there are so many blogs and bloggers that I’m thankful for. So, when I write that I give the award to specific bloggers and also to anyone who has ever supported me and my blog, I mean it! I don’t want anyone to feel left out, especially those who really do care and take time out of their lives to show it.

So, thank you to my family, friends, and to those of you who read, comment on, follow, and “like” my blog. Remember, that I do appreciate you showing your support and that through your writing, whether it be through your kind comments on others’ blogs or through writing your own supportive and helpful blog posts, you are helping others!

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We Will Get Through This

This statement isn’t always easy to remember, nor is it always easy to believe. Anxiety has a way of becoming so powerful and overwhelming that we forget just how strong we are. We are able to get through our issues and overcome our obstacles and yet, sometimes, it’s the last thing we feel like we can do.

It’s especially difficult to believe that we can get through our issues when we see ourselves time and time again surrendering to anxiety. We may be practicing and exercising extra hard in order to overcome our obstacles, but we still find ourselves at times giving in to what holds us back.

Another difficult situation arises when there are people around us who don’t support us as much as we may like. There will always be people who don’t understand what we’re going through and may not even make an effort to try. There may be people who make fun of us or try to figure us out when really, they can’t even begin to comprehend what’s going on. It can be upsetting and saddening to see just what kind of conclusions people come up with.

I’d love to say that we just have to ignore the rude comments of others. However, I know this isn’t always easy, especially when we love and care about these individuals. Let’s face it, we oftentimes expect those who love us and care about us to be understanding and sympathetic of our situation. The sad fact is though, that many people aren’t and can’t figure out a way to be supportive and kind.

All we can really do is continue to try our hardest in order to get through our issues and over our obstacles. We need to try hard to remember that if we are trying our hardest, it doesn’t really matter what others think. I’m not saying this will be easy or that it won’t hurt when the people we love are less than kind. What I’m saying is, however, that we need to learn to accept the fact that not everyone knows how to be kind to us in these situations and some people may not act as we wish they would when we are struggling. As long as we continue to try our hardest, however, to reach our goals and get through our issues, we will get through this!

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Rough Times And Good Advice

I think it’s fair to say that most of us who deal with anxiety and other issues experience rough moments. In those times when our anxiety seems to be stronger than us, we tend to forget just how strong we are and just how capable we are of getting through our anxiety and overcoming our obstacles. It’s easy to become discouraged and even wonder if we will ever be able to get through our hardships. We may even begin to look at our past and notice how time after time again, we seem to end up in the same place, feeling the same way.

However, we need to remember all the progress we have made in the past because, chances are, we’ve made a great deal. Yesterday I was talking to a great friend of mine, Mary, when she reminded me of the importance of this (thanks, Mary!). Yes, it’s true, we all struggle at times. However, it is also true that many of us have made progress and it is important that we focus on that progress.

Focusing on our progress reminds us that we have the ability to overcome our obstacles and that we are stronger than our anxiety and other struggles. Yes, sometimes it can be hard to remember this, but it doesn’t make it any less true! We are stronger than our anxiety and we can continue to make progress as long as we keep trying our hardest to do so! Don’t give up!

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A Very Kind Gesture

Curleymania has created The Getting Through Anxiety Blog Award! I think it is a very kind gesture to name an award after me. I’m going to nominate everybody that can be found under the “Blogs I Follow” widget and on the “Additional Blogs I Enjoy” page. The following quote is a description of the award and because all of the blogs I follow and enjoy fit the description, I would like to give you all this award. Every one who has and continues to support me in my fight to be free from what holds me back means so much to me. Thank you!

 Those nominated I observed have excelled in writing in their blogs.  Also the Award stands for inspiration. She inspired me to do some great things in creating awards for people. The award also stands for bloggers who show kindness towards others. I find ‘GettingThroughAnxiety’ to be very kind. Lastly the award stands for people who are just simply nice people and nice to everyone in the blog community.–Curleymania

Here are the questions asked by Dan. All who visit my blog are more than welcome to answer:

1) What is your favorite thing to write about?

Fiction. I want to be a fiction writer one day. However, through writing on here and for the site seeds4life.com, I have learned that I am talented in writing about mental health issues as well as helping others, which I enjoy.

2) What do you think has been your best piece of writing?

Nothing in particular, though I have some works on seeds4life.com that I think are pretty good. I’ve also written some poetry and a few stories I’m proud of.

3) What is your best memory from childhood?

Again none in particular. Though I did enjoy going to my first concert (Jewel), spending time with my Grandma, and just other times as well.

4) What is something you would like to write about but you haven’t already?

I’m working on a story right now and would love to get it published. Don’t want to say too much about what it’s about though.

5) What is your favorite book?

Dead Lines by Greg Bear. Also a lot of books by James Patterson and Harlan Coben.

6) What is your least favorite book?

Ha! This is a funny question! I’d probably have to go with a lot of classics and books I’ve read when I was in school. I’m sorry, but some where just horrible!

7) Who has inspired you most in your life?

My Grandma.

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Feardom Fighters

Interesting Post by Lauren Hayley!

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Yesterday I met up with someone who is doing something pretty awesome for us anxiety sufferers in Leeds after having suffered with anxiety herself; and so I wanted to share with you all Kathryn’s project – Feardom Fighters.

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Feardom Fighters is of the firm belief that everyone suffering with anxiety should be able to access the support and services that they need. And what’s really cool, is on World Mental Health Day 2015 (October 10th), the Feardom Fighters are putting on an event to encourage you to become a Feardom Fighter yourself and grab the information they’re offering with both hands to help aid your recovery.

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The #FeardomFestival will feature workshops, speakers and lots more! There will be places to go and relax and also places to express yourself through various mediums. You will learn strategies on how to cope with anxiety, and learn different techniques of how to effectively manage it.

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