I love music. It’s one of the few things that has remained a constant in my life through both the good times and the bad. There is nothing I love more than finding a song that either has a super catchy beat or is made up of lyrics that I can 100% relate to. It’s natural for us to lean towards songs that we can connect with and in recovery, music can provide us both with motivation and as an outlet to help express our feelings.
I’ve decided to share my own ‘recovery playlist’ in hope that I can make any of you who are currently struggling’s lives that bit better.
‘PARALYZED’ – AGAINST THE CURRENT
This is one of those songs that can instantly lift my spirits and give me that extra push of motivation when I’m feeling down and defeated. The lyrics are fairly self explanatory and you can relate it to many situations whether it be mental illness or if you’re just feeling a bit lost. The lyric that has always stood out to me the most is “Who is this monster wearing my skin?” When you’re in the grasp of any mental illness it feels like a completely different person has taken over you. This song is a reminder that you can kick ass and overcome your struggles.
‘WARRIOR’ – DEMI LOVATO
The first of three Demi songs on this list is ‘Warrior.’ This song I began relating to more after I had gotten past the most difficult stages of recovery, but even then it was a reminder that Demi herself is a survivor and that it is possible to come out the other side stronger than before.
‘CLEAN’ – TAYLOR SWIFT
I can’t be the only one who listens to a song and is able to somehow twist the lyrics into a meaning that wasn’t originally meant for a song. This is one of those. ‘Clean’ by T. Swift is of course about a relationship but one day the lyrics kind of clicked into place in relation to my eating disorder. You have to think more outside of the box but when you’re out of that box it makes perfect sense. For me, being ‘clean’ is representing being happy & healthy again.
Due to Taylor not being a fan of the whole ‘listening to her music for free’ I cannot provide a link for you guys to listen to but I’m sure if you search the depths of the internet you will find it somewhere.
‘SKYSCRAPER’ – DEMI LOVATO
This one needs little explanation. Demi’s comeback song after her career break to focus on her health & recovery was one filled with inspiration and one that I would later appreciate a whole lot more.
‘OLD WAYS’ – DEMI LOVATO
The final Demi song is one of her most recent ones. This is a great one to listen to if you’re having a day where those negative thoughts are that bit louder than usual. It’s another kick ass motivational songs that will have you dancing those thoughts away. Just keep pushing onwards.
‘THE CALL’ – REGINA SPEKTOR
This song is actually my favourite song of all time. I first heard it back in 2008 – I was REALLY obsessed with the Narina films back then – but I didn’t know how much meaning it would eventually hold. It came on by chance one day and the lyrics just clicked. “You’ll come back when it’s over, no need to say goodbye” made me think about the person I was before the illness took a hold of me and reminded me that I could get that person back in time if I really wanted. Now that I am what I consider mostly recovered, the song still continues to make me tear up as I feel as if I have came back.
‘FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW’ – FOXES
This is another one of those songs that you have to twist the meaning of the lyrics. Many people think of their eating disorder as a separate person. This person will promise you things and make you feel good in some way but in reality it’s just a bully and you have to leave them. Listening to this song I would think of my ED and how I had to run away from it and leave it behind.
‘MISSING YOU’ – ALL TIME LOW
When I first listened to this song I cried. I’ve listened to it hundreds of times since and I still cry every time. I think a lot of people can relate to ‘Missing You.’ We all go through a time where we feel worthless and feel as if nobody cares. This song is a reminder that you can get through any tough situation and that people do care.
If there are any songs that you relate closely to then please leave them down below. Let’s help each other power on through!