I got the idea of keeping a list of my favorite songs from the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Workbook. Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT, was developed by Marsha Lineham for people with Borderline Personality Disorder. A characteristic of BPD is excessive and often painful emotions. DBT can be helpful for any number of people who have excessive, extreme, or chronic problems with emotions. In the DBT Workbook, among other ideas, the authors recommend creating a list of activities to soothe yourself, when your emotions are too painful to cope with and gives many options for you to choose from.
Music has always been a great interest and hobby of mine. So making a list of my favorite songs was a logical choice for me to focus on, to calm me when caught up in excessive, painful, or suicidal feelings. The four lists below are based on one big list I made for myself, breaking it up into four lists of themes, to make it more accessible for other people. I created four youtube playlists you can quickly access. Please add your favorite songs in a comment and I will include them on a fifth playlist called Reader’s Songs.