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Living with a chronic illness such as hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s can be hard. Some days are better than others and some days seem impossible to get through. Here are some songs that motivate, inspire, uplift or otherwise connect with me on tough health days.
I find music is the best remedy for when I’m feeling low, fed up, defeated or frustrated, especially during thyroid flare up periods, so I’m going to share my favourites for when I feel down, defeated, frustrated or otherwise struggling. I hope you like them too.
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1. I Didn’t Know My Own Strength by Whitney Houston
OK, it’s a ballad and might not seem like an obviously uplifting song, but the words are so inspiring and appropriate for those of us battling hypothyroidism. Just read these killer lines and hear the emotion in Whitney’s voice:
I had no where to turn
I had no where to go
Lost sight of my dream,
I thought I’d never make it through
I had no hope to hold on to,
And I crashed down, and I tumbled
But I did not crumble
I got through all the pain
Survived my darkest hour
My faith kept me alive
I picked myself back up
I was not built to break
I didn’t know my own strength
2. Won’t Stop Running by A Great Big World
One of the singers of A Great Big World was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis back in 2007, and, despite being told that he would lose all quality of life within years, he fought for answers to get better and has made a drastic recovery. This song is his mantra about that.
I connect to so many of the lyrics from this inspiring song, such as:
I’ll take another sunrise
Another hand to hold tight
This isn’t over
I am way too young and I won’t stop running
I don’t know how much longer I can fake it
That it’s all alright, that I can do this alone
And I know that life is what you make it
But it’s hard to see stars when you’re always caught in the folds
You’ll feel so empowered after listening to this.
3. The Greatest by Sia
Also a great tune to dance to and lift your mood, the lyrics to Sia’s ‘The Greatest’ are motivational.
Just “Don’t Give Up, I won’t give Up” are enough to get me feeling pumped and ready for the day ahead.
4. Hall of Fame by The Script
As soon as this song starts I get goosebumps! Motivational and incredibly uplifting, it’s one of my favourite ever songs, that always needs to be played really, really loud.
5. If You Could See Me Now by The Script
This one is a bit of a tearjerker and clearly has a deep meaning to the band members, but I tend to interpret it in several ways. In particular, the song reminds me of the battle with my health so far, in the sense that I’ve come a long way, and there’s definitely people that I hope can see me now, and see how far I’ve come. I’m still standing.
6. Thank You by Jamelia
I’ve read that Jamelia wrote this song about her abusive ex, which makes it an incredibly powerful song alone, but you may find some of the lyrics inspire and give you strength about your health and dark days, too;
You broke my world, made me strong
Messed up my dreams, made me strong
7. Sing by My Chemical Romance
‘Sing’ by My Chemical Romance always gets me pumped and ready to take on anything. It helps that the lead singer has such a theatrical, emotional voice, too. You should feel empowered and motivated after listening to this (unless, of course, emo-pop-rock-alternative music just isn’t your thing).
Sing it for the boys
Sing it for the girls
Every time that you lose it sing it for the world
Sing it from the heart
Sing it till you’re nuts
Sing it out for the ones that’ll hate your guts
Sing it for the deaf
Sing it for the blind
Sing about everyone that you left behind
Sing it for the world
Got to see what tomorrow brings
8. Dream Catch Me by Newton Faulkner
Another great tune from my teen years. ‘Dream Catch Me’ is a chilled, uplifting song perfect for any mood with a super-catchy chorus.
The catchy chorus goes like this:
There’s a place I go when I’m alone
Do anything I want, be anyone I wanna be
But it is us I see and I cannot believe I’m falling
That’s where I’m going, where are you going?
Hold it close, won’t let this go
9. Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen
This one speaks for itself. A great party and karaoke classic, how could you not feel happier or more motivated after hearing it?
10. Last One Standing by Simple Plan
The words “I’m Always Gonna Be The Last One Standing” will show your thyroid who’s boss!
What did you think to these songs? Are there any songs that you would add?
Rachel Hill is the highly ranked and multi-award winning thyroid patient advocate, writer, speaker and author behind The Invisible Hypothyroidism. Her thyroid advocacy work includes writing articles, authoring books, producing her Thyroid Family email newsletters and speaking on podcasts, as well as being a founding board member for the American College of Thyroidology. She is well-recognised as a crucial and influential contributor to the thyroid community and has a large social media presence. Her books include “Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate” and “You, Me and Hypothyroidism”.