As the days start to get shorter, math dictates that we’re all spending a little more time up at night. And when the chaos of life keeps you burning the candle at both ends, it can leave you feeling confused and exhausted. Luckily, a playlist with the right combination of slow and moody, upbeat and bittersweet can help conquer the range of intense emotions you might find yourself experiencing in times like these. When a late-night study session turns into a 2 a.m. existential crisis or when lying in bed and thoughts are moving faster than hurricane winds, these songs will offer a comforting reminder that no matter how overwhelmed you may feel right now, you will probably feel okay soon enough.

This month’s mix was created by our creative writing editor, Helen Stadelmaeir.

Cover art: Wassily Kandinsky’s “Plat-Profond”