The Perfect DIYs for A Summer Spa at Home

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Whether you're looking for an awesome summer scented body scrub, a relaxing face mask, or a soothing bath soak, we've got you covered with these DIY bath and body products.

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Blueberry Lemon Scrub // Dear Crissy

Blueberry and lemon is an awesome summer scent combination, and this sugar scrub is great for sloughing away dry skin to reveal smooth, renewed skin underneath.

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Pressed Flower Bath Melts // Mary Makes Good

How gorgeous are these bath melts?! With shea butter, coconut oil, and various essential oils, they'll leave your skin silky smooth.

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Foot Bath with Essential Oils // Country Hill Cottage

Our feet can take a real beating during the summer, and a foot bath is a great way to show them a little extra love.  Epson salt helps to calm any inflammation, and the combination of tea tree, peppermint, rosemary, and lime essential oils is cooling and refreshing.

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Key Lime Sugar Scrub Bars // Life N Reflection

Sugar and natural goat's milk soap cleanse skin while coconut oil and vitamin E oil provide much-needed hydration in these deliciously scented scrub bars.

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Pink Lemonade Sugar Scrub // Suburban Simplicity

Inspired by one of our favourite summertime drinks, this sugar scrub will leave your skin smooth, soft, and fresh.

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Aloe Green Tea Face Scrub // Sweet Simple Living

This scrub is super exfoliating but, thanks to coconut oil and aloe, it's super moisturizing at the same time.  The green tea is also great for clarifying skin.

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Mojito Bath Salts // Crazy Inspired Life

Relieve sore muscles and boost your mood with these mojito-inspired bath salts, made with lime, peppermint, and vanilla essential oils.

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Strawberry Sugar Scrub // Mommy Musings

This yummy scented sugar scrub is all natural, and smells good enough to eat!  Coconut oil, strawberries, and vanilla are the stars of this sweet scrub.

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Matcha Cucumber Mint Face Mask // Kale and Caramel

This antioxidant-rich mask tones and tightens skin, while also minimizing pores, making it the perfect facial mask for summer.

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Energizing Green Tea Eye Mask // Catching Seeds

With only three ingredients, this mask is super easy to make, and works to depuff the eye area and reduce undereye circles.  Place the mask in the friedge before applying for a refreshing treat.

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Homemade Eye Masks // HEDONISTIT

With antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cooling ingredients, these homemade eye mask pads are stored in the freezer for whenever you need to take 15 minutes for you.

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DIY Detoxifying Lemon and Charcoal Body Scrub // Let's Live Lively

Activated charcoal and lemon are both detoxifying ingredients, making them great for clarifying your skin while also treating any breakouts you might have on your body.

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Mermaid Face Mask // Cream and Honey

Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants from honey and spirulina, this mask also has banana for added hydration.

7 Wisdom-Filled Harry Potter Quotes

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J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series is filled with many life lessons, and plenty of memorable quotes, too.  Here are some great words of wisdom from various books.

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"Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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"Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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"I am what I am, an’ I’m not ashamed. ‘Never be ashamed,’ my ol’ dad used ter say, ‘there’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth botherin’ with.’ An’ he was right.” - Rubeus Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?" - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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"No good sitting worrying about it. What's coming will come, and we'll meet it when it does" - Rubeus Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live". - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

15 Self-Care Ideas for Summer

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While self-care is important all-year round, we love switching things up with some new seasonal ideas to add to your self-care routine.  With longer days, summer is a great time to re-prioritize your self-care. 

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Visit the Water

Water is inherently soothing.  Whether it's a trip to the beach, visiting a local lake or river, or just spending some time in your bathtub, water is pretty much an essential for a summer of self-care.

Use Refreshing Essential Oils

There are a number of essential oils that can be wonderfully cooling and soothing to hot skin.  Peppermint, cypress, sweet marjoran, lemon, and grapefruit are all great choices, and can be diffused or added to bath and body products.  Bonus: they're all naturally uplifting, which is great for the summer.

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Play Outside

Summer is the perfect time to try new outdoor activities - or take advantage of the nice weather for ones you already love! Try kayaking, tennis, or bocce ball.

Nourish Your Body with Cooling Foods

Embracing seasonal foods is something we love!  In summer, it just so happens that many of these foods are naturally cooling and hydrating.  Enjoy watermelon, cucumber, tomato, and pineapple.

Practice Yoga

When it's warm outside, stretching and practicing yoga can be even easier, because your muscles are already warmed up.  Plus, it's a great way to practice mindful movement.  Beach yoga, anyone?

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Go Stargazing

With warmer nights and often many opportunities to see shooting stars, stargazing a great way to spend a summer evening.  Bonus points if its a location away from any city lights.

Make a Summer Playlist

No matter what your energy levels, a playlist is a great way to set the mood.  Opt for something beachy, your favourite songs of the summer, or relax with our Summer Chill Playlist.

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Hydrate Your Body

Though its a less glamorous part of self-care, staying hydrated is still important!  Make it more fun by infusing your water with fruit and herbs, or opt for unsweetened herbal iced tea.  Noshing on water-rich fruits and veggies like berries, cucumber, watermelon, and cantaloupe is great, too.

Protect Your Skin

Though protecting your skin is important all year round, it's especially important during the summer.  Be sure to use an SPF sunscreen and don't forget a lip balm, too!  Refreshing your skin with antioxidant-rich products and cooling mists are great to help ensure your skin stays hydrated, too.

Wear Clothes That Make Your Feel Comfortable and Confident

With summer, comes less and less clothing as well as swimsuits.  Make sure that you're wearing the clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident, and get rid of the ones that don't!

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Choose Guilty Pleasure Beach Reads

Light, easy reads are perfect for summer days!  Whether it's chick lit, YA, humour, or a magazine, make sure to get in a good read this season.

Celebrate What Your Body Can Do

If you're dealing with chronic illness or mental health issues, it can be really easy to compare what you'd like to do versus what you can do.  Make sure to enjoy the things that you can, even if they might look a little different.

Enjoy Your Local Library

With free air conditioning, comfy seating, and wi-fi, your local library can be a great hangout spot for summer.  There are often special events during the summer, like summer reading clubs, to take advantage of, too.

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Embrace Your Inner Child

There's something inherently playful about summer, so why not do what you used to love as a kid?  Whether it's running in the sprinkler, enjoying ice cream, or blowing bubbles, make time to have a little fun.

Do Nothing

Just because it's summer doesn't mean that you have to be on-the-go or outdoors all the time.  Making time to do absolutely nothing can be a wonderful act of self-care.

 

 

 

Feel-Good Movies for When You Need a Pick-Me-Up

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Whether you're looking for laughs, a feel-good message, or some comforting nostalgia, this selection of movies is great for when you need a little mood brightening.

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Chef

After quitting his job at a successful restaurant, Chef Carl Casper opens a food truck with his son, friend, and ex-wife, rediscovering his passion.

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Paddington

This charming story features the orphan bear Paddington, who is taken in by the Brown family in this movie which is sure to bring up feelings of nostalgia.

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Pursuit of Happyness

Based on a true story, Pursuit of Happyness tells the story of Chris Gardner, a salesman who is trying to improve his life for himself and his 5-year old son. While homeless, Chris goes through an unpaid stock broker internship in this inspiring story about overcoming the odds.

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

Based on the children's book by Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr. Fox has the animals working together against the farmers who are determined to catch Mr. Fox.  Along with a great message, this film is wonderfully witty.

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Groundhog Day

Played by Bill Murray, Phil is a weatherman who is suddenly stuck in the trap of living the same day over and over again in this sentimental comedy.

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Singin' in the Rain

When you're looking for a good musical to brighten your mood, Singin' in the Rain is an essential.  With Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor, there's plenty of uplifting song and dance routines.

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Little Miss Sunshine

Though this dysfunctional family might not be the first thing you think of when you're looking for a feel-good movie, there's something special about the message that there's comedy in everything and that, by being yourself, everything will work out just fine.

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Begin Again

This charming movie has a struggling singer and a failing executive forming an unlikely relationship and a collaboration that celebrates being authentic.

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Legally Blonde

This light, silly comedy features the bubbly Elle Woods and is really uplifting and bright.

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About Time

This romantic comedy follows the story of Tim Lake, who discovers that he has the unusual gift of being able to travel through time.  He tries to get a girlfriend use his power to change his life, but ultimately discovers that time travel doesn't change what really matters.

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La La Land

Drawn together by similar ambitions, La La Land brings together Emma Stone and Ryan Gostling in this uplifting musical.

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Pitch Perfect

With Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, and Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect has the all- girls'  a cappella singing group competing to regain their position in this fun movie filled with plenty of pop tunes.

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School of Rock

Dewey Finn, played by Jack Black, becomes an substitute teacher at a strict school after being kicked out of a rock band, only to start his own with the students. 

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Love Actually

Though it's a Christmas movie, Love Actually is wonderfully uplifting anytime of year.  With an ensemble cast, it tells ten different stories of love, finally linking everything all together at the end.

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off

This lighthearted film is all about a teenager determined to have an amazing day off from school, but they find what really matters in the end: enjoying life as it is.

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Clueless

Filled with optimism and lighthearted humour, Clueless is sure to bring a smile to your face - if even for the '90s nostalgia alone.

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Harry Potter

It's easy to get swept up into the magic of Harry Potter, but it's also filled with lovable characters, different displays of bravery, and the message of true friendship being able to carry you through anything.

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Mrs. Doubtfire

Robin Williams is excellent in this role of dressing up as a nanny to see his children, whom he lost custody of in a divorce.  Though there's a few sentimental moments, this movie is filled with plenty of laughs.

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Pride and Prejudice

While this story is likely familiar, its the cast of Kiera Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen that really make this movie something special, and inspire a message of love and acceptance.

 

 

 

Summer Chill Playlist

 

 

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Chill out with the playlist filled with vibe-y, relaxing summer tunes.

 

Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's

Better Together - Jack Johnson

Waves (Robin Schulz Remix Radio Edit) - Mr. Probz

Cruise - Florida Georgia Line

Summer - Imagine Dragons

Summer Guest - Asegair

West Coast - Lana Del Ray

The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding

Miss Magnolia - Matt Costa

Stolen Dance - Milky Chance

Great Summer - Vance Joy

Summer Skin - Death Cab for Cutie

Strawberry Fields Forever - Ben Harper

Cherry Wine - Hozier

She's On My Mind (Acoustic) - JP Cooper

Summertime - The Head and the Heart

Arms - The Paper Kites

Belly of June - Horse Feathers

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - Craig Cardiff

Dogs - Damien Rice

Islands - The xx

In the Summertime - Shaggy

Wild Love (Acoustic) -James Bay

A Boat Beneath A Sunny Sky - AWKWARD i

Night Train - Amos Lee

These Waters - Ben Howard

Resolution - Matt Corby

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Grounding Exercises to Ease Anxiety and Stress

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Grounding is a way to help bring you back to the present, and can be helpful when you're dealing with stress or anxiety.  Try these exercises to find what helps make you feel the most grounded.

Walking

Walking is a simple activity that can help bring you back to the present moment.  As you walk, really focus on the feeling of your feet against the ground, and take in the sounds and sights of what's around you.  

Mindful Shower

Water can be wonderful for helping with grounding, which is why practicing mindfulness in the shower is a great option.  Be sure to leave any electronics outside the bathroom so you aren't distracted, and really focus on the sensations of the water hitting your skin and the process of cleaning your body.  Pay attention to the sounds of the water.

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Warm Drink

Warm drinks can be fantastically soothing and a great way to ground yourself.  Make yourself a warm cup of tea or hot chocolate, and really focus on the sensation of the mug in your hands and the feeling of warmth as you sip.

 

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Gardening

Using your hands and digging in the earth can be super grounding, plus you're also exposed to being in nature.  What's more is that the process of growing something can be great for your mental health.  If you're unable to have your own garden, even taking care of indoor plants can be beneficial.

Body Scan

A body scan meditation allows you to focus on all the different sensations and feelings in the different areas of your body, bringing you back into your body.  We recommended following a guided body scan like Body Scan Meditation from Stop Think and Breathe or Yoga By Candace's 5-Minute Body Scan Meditation.

 

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Barefoot Grounding

Also known as earthing, standing barefoot on the ground can help you feel more connected.  Try slipping your shoes off and walking through your backyard or at a local beach, really paying attention to the sensations on your feet and anchoring all four portions of your feel into the ground.  

Categories Game

Mental "games" can also be helpful for bringing your awareness back to the present. Choose a category like food, countries, or animals and go through each letter of the alphabet, trying to identify an item from that category that starts with each letter.  

Progressive Muscular Relaxation

Progressive muscle relaxation is a way to help release all the tension from your muscles, bringing your body down.  To begin, systematically squeeze a muscle in your body hard for 5 seconds, and then allow it to release. Work from your lower limbs, up through your upper body, and into your face. 

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Journaling

Though it can be overwhelming when you're feeling anxious, if you're able to, journaling can be a great way to help you feel more grounded.  Try starting with a simple stream of consciousness, where you write down anything and everything that comes to mind.

5-4-3-2-1 Grounding Exercise

This simple exercise is designed to help bring your attention back to the present moment.  Start by naming 5 things you can see around you, followed by 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste.  This helps you to become more aware of what is happening around you, and can help you to feel more grounded.

 

13 Mental Health Podcasts to Listen To

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From mental wellness to serious looks at mental illness, these podcasts can help provide you with practical tips to improve your health, stories that make you feel a little less alone, and may even get you laughing, too.

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Not Another Anxiety Show

Host Kelli Walker is a registered nurse and certified health and wellness coach who has dealt with anxiety for over 15 years.  In her podcast, she interviews experts and shares her own experience, in a way that provides practical advice and shares valuable experience.

Must-Listen Episodes to Get Started:

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The Hardcore Self-Help Podcast

Dr. Robert Duff is a practicing psychologist as well as a best-selling author of self-help books. In his podcast, he answers listener's questions about mental health and dives into various topics, all presenting it in an easy and conversational manner.

Must-Listen Episodes to Get Started:

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The Hilarious World of Depression

The Hilarious World of Depression is a podcast that combines comedy with depression.  On each episode, host John Moe interviews people who have lived with depression and managed to find humor along the way.

Must-Listen Episodes to Get Started:

 

 

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10% Happier

After having a panic attack on live television, Dan Harris went on a journey and discovered the benefits of meditation, including reduced stress and improved self-worth, which he covered in his book 10% Happier. In his podcast, he interviews successful people, covering topics like self-improvement.

Must-Listen Episodes to Get Started:

 

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Mind Body Musings

Maddy Moon is a transformational life coach who leans on spirituality, intuition,  and flow.  On her podcast, she sits down with a number of experts and discusses topics like femininity, mindfulness, inner peace, healing, and more.

Must-Listen Episodes to Get Started:

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Mental Illness Happy Hour

Mental Illness Happy Hour is a podcast that explores the prevalence of mental health issues in creatives.  Each week, host Paul Gilmartin interviews comedians, authors, artists, doctors, and more, exploring various mental health issues, addiction, trauma, and healing.

Must-Listen Episodes to Get Started:

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Sorta Awesome

Sorta Awesome is a refreshing podcast that covers - all things awesome! Each episode starts with an Awesome of the Week - a discovery or event that made the week that much better.  From there, hosts dig into a variety of topics for chat on everything from culture to trending conversations. 

Must-Listen Episodes to Get Started:

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Good Life Project

The Good Life Project is all about living a better life. Each episode shares an interview with inspiring thought leaders, covering topics like purpose, fear, minimalism, and more.

Must-Listen Episodes to Get Started:

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From the Heart

 Popularly known as Yoga Girl, Rachel Brathen's podcast explores her own story, as well as that of her guests, all centered around the heart.  Topics include wellness, yoga, balance, love, and trust.

Must-Listen Episodes to Get Started:

 

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The Anxiety Podcast

Tim JP Collins is the author of The Anxiety Journal.  In his podcast, he shares his own experience with anxiety, explores research and different things to try, as well as things he is implementing in his own life, like taking a 30-day social media detox.

Must-Listen Episodes to Get Started:

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The Anxiety Coaches

Gina Ryan and other co-hosts have all suffered from anxiety themselves.  In each episode, they cover their real experiences with different things to help manage anxiety like meditation, different ways of thinking, medication, and more.  What sets this podcast apart is its conversational tone and realistic approach to anxiety, rather than focusing on a cure.

Must-Listen Episodes to Get Started:

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A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast is hosted by a woman living with schizophrenia and a man living with bipolar disorder.  In each episode, they discuss how mental illness has and continues to shape their lives.

Must-Listen Episodes to Get Started: 

 

 

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Therapy for Black Girls

Hosted by Dr. Joy, a licensed Psychologist, Therapy for Black Girls is centered around improving mental health for Black women and girls.  Various topics are covered, from dating to career to activism and more.

Must-Listen Episodes to Get Started:

 

Looking for more podcast recommendations? Check out our favourite podcasts for self-care.

Songs to Inspire Hope in Your Recovery Journey

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With lyrics that inspire you to rise up, these songs can help empower you to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Rise - Selena Gomez

You can tap into the strength you never knew you had
You can breathe into your faith no matter where you’re at
Just close your eyes and change your life
Like the air

 

Alive - Sia

I'm still breathing, I'm still breathing
I'm alive

Fight Song- Rachel Platten

This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I'm alright song

Try - Pink

But just because it burns
Doesn't mean you're gonna die
You've gotta get up and try, and try, and try

 

The Cave -Mumford & Sons

And I'll find strength in pain
And I will change my ways
I'll know my name as it's called again

 

I Wanna Get Better — Bleachers

So now I'm standing on the overpass screaming at the cars,
"Hey, I wanna get better!"

 

Carry On - FUN

If you're lost and alone
Or you're sinking like a stone
Carry on
May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground
Carry on

Survival — Muse

And I’ll reveal my strength
To the whole human race
Yes I am prepared
To stay alive

Praying - Kesha

I'm proud of who I am
No more monsters, I can breathe again

Be Still - The Fray

When darkness comes upon you
And covers you with fear and shame
Be still and know that I'm with you
And I will say your name

Witness - Daughtry

Now you're letting your confusion take control
And leading you down a dark and lonely road
Even that won't last forever
Just look around and see you're not alone
You're not alone

 

Sunrise - Our Last Night

When the night is cold and you feel like no-one knows
what it's like to be the only one buried in this hole
You can make it to the sunrise.

 

Keep Your Head Up - Andy Grammar

This is just a journey
Drop your worries
You are gonna turn out fine.
Oh, you turn out fine.
Fine, oh, you turn out fine.

 

Just Keep Breathing - We The Kings

The beginning's just another end
It's not too late to start again
When hope is all too hard to hold
Just take a breath and let it go

Dare You To Move - Switchfoot

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened before

Superheroes - The Script

When you've fighting for it all your life
You've been working every day and night
That’s how a superhero learns to fly
Every day, every hour, turn the pain into power

 

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