Guest Post with Ellen

Today’s guest post is with Ellen. It combines two things I love- music and self- care! I loved the idea when she and I discussed it. Music can be a huge pick-me-up on days that we really need it. It definitely has been for me. Enjoy!

Music Playlist for Not So Good Days
I’m the type of person who doesn’t feel like talking to anyone or feel unmotivated on bad days. But if there’s one thing that cheers me up, it’s music. Yep, music. Not the ones that makes you feel even more sad and down in the dumps, I’m talking about the upbeat, cheery ones that one can get off their chair and dance to.


I definitely had those types of bad days before where it occurred to me that I’m typically just depressed. I found it hard to concentrate on work and other lifestyle things that was needed to do during the day. Reassured, I have a playlist folder full of songs that make me feel happy which in favour, actually makes me happy. It doesn’t really matter if the song is really old and ancient, new or even in a different language! The most important part is how the song makes you feel deep inside.
So, are you having a bad day and need some good happy music to turn that frown upside down?

  1. Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten [link:]

Remember this song? (oh, the nostalgia is coming back at me.) This song was played a lot in skin care commercials. I can’t believe it was released in 2009! I feel so old now. Natasha’s voice is so smoothing and I love the background music with it’s “tingle” feel to it. The lyrics however have a meaning behind it which is, “don’t let anyone take ‘you’ from ‘you’” (if that even makes sense.)

  1. Sara Bareilles – Brave [link:]

Again, another nostalgia of mine. This song is a motivation and catchy, honestly (no puns intended.) It’s a great song to keep your head held up high and do what you want to do no matter what is holding you back. This is a great song to follow your dreams or even listen to before an interview and of course, listen to when you feel down. “Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down” honestly, same girl.

  1. Bruno Mars Ft. Cardi B – Finesse [link:]

I love Bruno Mars so there’s going to be 2 songs of his in this playlist. The tunes are old school 90’s type of music mixed (think of Fresh Prince of Bel Air) with the king of pop, Michael Jackson (rip). Mixed them both together and you get yourself Bruno Mars. Seriously? It’s so catchy that I literally dance every time I listen to his songs. (I’m not kidding!) This is a great start on getting yourself out of that bad mood and going to the gym!

  1. Camila Cabello Featuring Young Thug – Havana [link: Havana]

Gotta be honest with you, this song is so catchy! (ok I need to stop using the word “catchy” a lot) but I’m serious! I want to go to chorography class while listening to this song. I bet you you’ll start singing along after listening to this song for a while because I sure know I did! I mean, who wouldn’t lip sync “Havana, ooh-na-na”? I literally have this stuck in my head now. Definitely a great distraction from a bad day!

  1. J-Hope – Daydream [link:]

I know, I know, this isn’t English but I would still recommend you listen to this during a not so great day. If you haven’t heard, Kpop is going worldwide international, spreading like the plague. But this isn’t plague, it’s music in Korean. Oh ok, can I just admit, that this song is pretty much what I listen to everyday which is why I’m pretty much nearly happy all the time? (that’s why I’m adding this to the list.) Just listen to the background music and his voice and you’ll be bobbing your head to the music (I am totally not doing that now -cough-.) Oh yeah, you’re probably get “wishing on a sky, wishing on a scar” stuck in your head. What? A scar?

  1. Twice – Likey [link:]

Lastly on the playlist, again, this is Kpop (so you won’t understand unless you know Korean). But, I would still recommend listening to this when you’re sad because it’s so upbeat and happy that I cannot stop listening to it as well as the music video. Literally, the music video makes me happy already with the bright colours and the burst of yellow (a happy colour). The beats give me chills because girl, I have never in my life time heard that type of music like that before. The song and choreography are so addicting that there’s hundreds and thousands of covers on YouTube. Definitely recommend this music video if you want to feel happy. Oh yeah, “Me Likey” is probably going to also be stuck in your head as well.
That’s the last of the playlist. I dance and sing every time I listen to these songs during my bad days and I hope you would do the same!
Author Bio:
Ellen Tran is the owner of a lifestyle blog called ZyraKuma. She posts about lifestyle, self-wellbeing, productivity and relationship advice. She currently is a student, studying art, media and graphic design. In her free time, she likes to draw, play video games, read and blog. She also has a pet duck.
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4 thoughts on “Guest Post with Ellen

  1. rawsonjl says:

    I too find that listening to good music helps put a smile on my face on days when I’m in a funk. Thanks for sharing this wonderful playlist with us at Love to Learn. Pinned.

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