Let’s get it started.

In an effort to solidify my status as a millennial, I downloaded Spotify during my second year of college.  My friends were doing it, and I’ve always been a music person, so there was no downside.

Little did I know, this would begin my absolute love for making playlists for everything.  And little did you know, this is my first tip for getting to sleep when your anxiety and depression are keeping you from getting some shuteye.

Plenty of people have “sleep” playlists.  It’s often soft, acoustic, and mellow.  It’s jazz or classical or whatever.  It can have sentimental value.  It helps.  It’s unique to you.  And that is important.

But we can take it one step further.  I personally have sleep playlists for my moods as well, and this seems to calm my mind when I don’t feel like my normal self.  By making a few different sleep playlists, you’re taking care of future-you.  You are setting aside a blanket and some love for your soul.  You are practicing self care in a very simple way.

For example, here’s a list of my sleep playlists:

  • Sleep (mainly The Lumineers and The Weepies)
  • Happy sleep (lots of Head and the Heart)
  • Depression sleep (Butterfly Boucher/Rachael Yamagata)
  • Acoustic sleep (Jake Shimabukuro and IZ)
  • Anxious sleep (Classic movies scores and musicals)
  • Classical sleep (Chopin, Debussy, and Eric Whitacre)
  • Grateful sleep (Ingrid Michaelson, The Honey Trees)
  • Don’t Bother Me sleep (the acoustic version of Yellowcard’s “Ocean Avenue”)
  • Nostalgic sleep (Bon Iver, Kenny Loggins, Rickie Lee Jones)
  • Travel sleep (Joni Mitchell, aka EVERYTHING I WANT TO BE)

You can give yourself a simple and effective choice just by giving yourself some options.  You can be in control of something, even if it seems small.  You can take back your calm.

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