Reading Week is over and it’s back to reality, which for many of us means mid-terms, assignments and other obligations. It can get pretty overwhelming, but when you’re feeling down and out of it, sometimes all you need is to listen to some empowering songs to get you feeling amazing again and escape your troubles. Personally, music has always been something I go to for comfort in times of stress or difficulty. Personally, my anxiety runs high and sometimes all I need is a little pick me up. So, I’ve created a list of some of my favourite empowering songs.

These songs have powerful lyrics that will remind you to keep going, to fight for what you want and love yourself for who you are. You might be surprised at how inspired you feel after listening to them.

1. “Beautiful U R” by Deborah Cox


This song has become my ride or die song, especially when I feel that things are going completely wrong. It reminds me that each one of us is beautiful in our own way and that sometimes everything won’t be perfect, but there’s light at the end of every tunnel. We need to remember to look in that mirror and see who we are.

It’s your life
Things may not always go right, for you
In those times just leave it behind
‘Cause sometimes you gotta play the game

Just to survive without losing yourself
It’s a fight, it’s true
It takes time, don’t have all the answers
No matter how hard it gets
Hold on to what’s inside

2. “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten


Okay, I know what you’re thinking: so typical and so overplayed. But you have to admit that these lyrics are pretty inspiring! It screams, “I can do it!”

This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me

3.“Falling” by HAIM

Don’t stop, no, I’ll never give up
And I’ll never look back, just hold your head up
And if it gets rough, it’s time to get rough

Enough said. These lyrics speak for themselves!

4.“It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi


This song encourages me to get up and do what I want. We only have one life, why procrastinate on the things that matter?

 It’s my life. And it’s now or never

5.“Firework” by Katy Perry

This song ignites the firework you have inside of you! It teaches you to pick yourself after a hard time. It can also remind you that even though it seems crazy, hectic and overwhelming right now – the future holds something magical for you.

You’re original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow

6.“Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor


A classic pump-up song! This song should help encourage you to chase after your passions and conquer any challenge ahead!

It’s the eye of the tiger
It’s the thrill of the fight
Risin’ up to the challenge

Well, I hope you enjoyed my little list of empowering songs to help remind you to give it your all or to keep going during mid-term season. I hope this inspires you to create your own little pump-up playlist with your own favourites. Sometimes all we need is a little reminder of how amazing we truly are. Don’t forget to look at how far you have come and to give yourself credit! Remember to love yourself and to keep a healthy mindset.

Posted by Alysia Harji

Alysia Harji is a current direct-entry Marketing Management major. She has a love for brand management, finance, traveling and fashion. When she is not balancing motherhood, work and being a student, you can see her sipping a chai tea latte, blogging or watching marathons of Suits and Pretty Little Liars in her fuzzy slippers.

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