Do you have a CD that you listen to when you're stressed out, anxious, sad or upset, and it just immediately helps calm you down?
For me, it's the album White Ladder by David Gray.
The album came out when I was a senior in high school. And by the time I was a freshman in college, and trying to adjust to being away from home in this scary new environment, the album had become like a security blanket for me.
And when I couldn't fall asleep, I'd turn on Insomniac Music Theater.
Have you ever seen the show? It was on at like 2 in the morning, so if you haven't, consider yourself lucky. Anyway, sometimes the video for the song "Babylon" would come on.
And it would immediately relax me a little bit. Later on, I realized I should just put the entire White Ladder album on as I went to bed, to help me fall asleep every night. So that's exactly what I did -- for probably the entire fall semester -- until I could get used to my new life.
Even today, I can still put White Ladder on when I'm having one of those unsure moments, and it immediately helps me relax.