June Playlist

Here are the songs I listened to most in June. Find monthly playlists from me on Spotify

Youngblood – 5 Seconds of Summer

Record: Youngblood

Favourite Lyrics: ‘Takes one to know one, yeah, you beat me at my own damn game.’

There’s nothing of particular depth in this one. 5SOS seem to have shed their pop punk beginnings for an even more commercial sound and there’s nothing wrong with that. An easy, summer jam.

 

Hey Look Ma, I Made It – Panic! at the Disco

Record: Pray For The Wicked

Favourite Lyrics: ‘In the garden of evil I’m gonna be the greatest, in a golden cathedral
I’ll be praying for the faithless.’

Produced by Dillon Francis, who gets a cameo in this weird and funny video, Hey Look Ma is an upbeat and groovy track that’s in keeping with the rest of this modern jazzy/pop/rock/electro record.

 

All Time Low – Everything Is Fine

A single released in 2018

Favourite Lyrics: ‘Everything is fine and nothing matters, weather’s always nice inside my head.’

More of what we’re used to from All Time Low and that’s no bad thing. Punchy, energetic, pop punk.

 

Follow Your Fire – Kodaline

Record: Politics Of Living

Favourite Lyrics: ‘I always saw you reaching and catching stars.’

More synthy than what we usually get from Kodaline but they pull it off here.

 

Give Yourself A Try – The 1975

Record: A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

Favourite Lyrics: ‘When your vinyl and your coffee collection is a sign of the times
You’re getting spiritually enlightened at 29.’

Give Yourself A Try is the first offering from The 1975’s newest record. A departure from previous synthy, 80’s inspired tracks, this one has an oddly futuristic feel about it.

 

What have you been listening to this month? Let me know in the comments!

Best Apps For Dealing With Anxiety

The apps I find most helpful for dealing with anxiety.

Headspace

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Source: headspace.com

Headspace is an app that provides short daily guided meditations. The app is free to download from the App Store and the Play Store. They offer a free Basics Pack, this provides you with all the essential tools you need to begin meditating in an easy listening, accessible way. If you want to access the full range of features you’ll have to pay a subscription, one month is $12.95 and one year works out at $7.99 per month – not a lot if you really will use it daily! Other packs on offer are geared towards helping you sleep, reducing stress, improving self esteem and more. You can also track all of your progress (data nerds rejoice!) I’ve been using Headspace before bed for a few months and I can definitely see the benefit of it. When I use it I sleep better, I’m calmer and as a result, more focused the following day.  I always thought I couldn’t quiet my mind enough to meditate but Headspace has changed my outlook.

I love hue

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Source: i-love-hue.com

I love hue is  described as ‘a gentle journey into colour and perception.’ It’s a visual game based on arranging tiles into colour spectrums. There is a ridiculous amount of levels in this game and they increase in difficulty as you play so you won’t get bored. It is so aesthetically pleasing and great for quieting the mind. I find this app great for when I’m feeling anxious! Free from both the App Store & The Play Store

Amazon Kindle

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Available through a kindle reader, the amazon tablet or the smartphone app for free though you pay for most books. I’m a massive book nerd (check out 5 Books That Changed My Life here!) but I don’t have a whole lot of extra income to spend on books so this app is brilliant for me! Classic books are generally free, new books are slightly cheaper than print versions and Kindle Unlimited gives you access to hundreds of books every month for a flat fee of €7.99pm. I still buy physical copies of books but sometimes the Kindle is way easier. Travel can make me anxious but having a book to hand allows me to concentrate on something other than my racing thoughts, I also use it to read in bed because it’s easier to hold than a print book!