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Listen your way to Freedom :)

Written by Classmate

Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t. (Johnny Depp)

Music is the universal language of mankind. (Henry Longellow)

Ages ago I mentioned in group/class that I had some playlists that I put on most mornings to cheer me up, motivate and inspire me. Some days I put them on just to try to feel less grumpy. I especially used the first few in recovery on those days when I really really felt like giving up (you know the sort of days). I also have a playlist of upbeat songs, but I won’t bother sharing those as they’re literally just fast and nice, and consist of whatever’s in the charts plus abba etc lol.

Music is a powerful (yet simple!!) way to change how you feel. So choose wisely 🙂

I’ve been reminded a few times to pretty, please share some of this songs, so here I am. I’m sure you know most of these, but anyway:

I was here- Beyonce

Brave- Sara Bareilles

Everybody’s free (to wear sunscreen)- Baz Luhrman

You’re worth it- Cimorelli

I lived- One Republic

Pioneer- Beckah Shae

Turbo Styel- Beckah Shae

Do you hear the people sing- Les Miserables

My silver lining- First Aid Kit

King of anything- Sara Bareilles

Fight song- Rachel Patten

Run the world (girls)- Beyonce

The Climb- Miley Cyrus

Carry on- Fun.

Scars to your beautiful- Alessia Cara

The greatest- Sia

Pencil full of lead- Paolo Nutini


From Bach to Béyoncé…Mozart to Michael Jackson….Handel to Hozier, Music, regardless of its nature, its genre, its age or its composition has the capacity to strike a chord (pardon the pun) within each and every one of us, and given that it plays such a key role in my recovery, particularly in the early stages, I would like to share a number of songs with you that have given me the strength I need to keep up the fight to freedom every day.

Natasha Beddingfield – Freckles

Introduced to me by a special friend at a very tough stage of my recovery, I found great comfort in the words of Natasha having learned that she too had been on a journey in overcoming an Eating Distress in her younger years. It is a song of hope, celebrating uniqueness and individuality and most importantly it highlights the dangers of the ‘celebrity idolising’ we are subjected to in society and the sense of unworthiness it can foster among those with super-sensitivities.

I used to care so much about what others think about
Almost didn’t have a thought of my own
The slightest remark would make me embark
On the journey of self doubt
But that was a while ago
This girl has got stronger
If I knew then what I know now
I would have told myself don’t worry any longer it’s OK

’cause a face without freckles is like a sky without stars
Why waste a second not loving who you are
Those little imperfections make you beautiful, lovable, valuable,
They show your personality inside your heart
Reflecting who you are

I wondered if I could trade my body with somebody else in magazines
Would the whole world fall at my feet?
I felt unworthy and would blame my failures on the ugliness I could see
When the mirror looked at me
Sometimes I still feel like the little girl who doesn’t belong in her own world
But I’m getting better
And I’m reminding myself

Reflecting who you are

Sarah Bereilles – Gravity

A little more sombre, this song serves as a strong reminder to me on just how powerful the condition is and how strong a hold he can have on those of us deep within his grasp. It depicts the love/hate relationship we have with ED- our desire to be free paralysed by the fear we have of letting it go. While this song does lack the hope of the first, I find it empowering in the prevention of relapse. If you start slacking on sessions or slipping up with your nutrition – ED won’t be long about worming his way back into your life and taking hold again. Be Warned.

Something always brings me back to you.
It never takes too long.
No matter what I say or do
I’ll still feel you here ’til the moment I’m gone.

You hold me without touch.
You keep me without chains.
I never wanted anything so much
Than to drown in your love and not feel your rain.

Set me free,
Leave me be.
I don’t wanna fall another moment into your gravity
Here I am and I stand so tall, just the way I’m supposed to be.
But you’re on to me and all over me.

Oh, you loved me ’cause I’m fragile
When I thought that I was strong.
But you touch me for a little while
And all my fragile strength is gone.

I live here on my knees
As I try to make you see
That you’re everything I think I need here on the ground.

But you’re neither friend nor foe
Though I can’t seem to let you go.
The one thing that I still know is that you’re keeping me down.

You’re keeping me down, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
You’re on to me, on to me, and all over…

Something always brings me back to you.
It never takes too long.

Colbie Callait – Try

Two words – Self Love. Forget the make-up, forget the clothes and forget the latest diet or fitness regime. Who are you trying to impress? This song really denounces comparing, the value we place on others opinions and the extremes we go to in order to fit in in society. Colbie gives a powerful message of Self Love and inner strength – of loving yourself unconditionally and cherishing your uniqueness. Of standing up for who you are and owning your own life. I absolutely love this song.

Put your make up on
Get your nails done
Curl your hair
Run the extra mile
Keep it slim
So they like you. Do they like you?

Get your sexy on
Don’t be shy, girl
Take it off
This is what you want, to belong
So they like you. Do you like you?

You don’t have to try so hard
You don’t have to give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don’t have to change a single thing

You don’t have to try, try, try, try-i-i
You don’t have to try, try, try, try-i-i
You don’t have to try, try, try, try-i-i
You don’t have to try
Yoooou don’t have to try

Get your shopping on,
At the mall,
Max your credit cards
You don’t have to choose,
Buy it all
So they like you. Do they like you?

Wait a second,
Why should you care, what they think of you
When you’re all alone, by yourself
Do you like you? Do you like you?

Let your hair down
Take a breath
Look into the mirror, at yourself
Don’t you like you?
Cause I like you

The following Songs also provide hugely inspirational and positive messages for Recovery:

  • The Fighter by Gym Class Heroes (ft. Ryan Tedder)
  • Hall of Fame by The Script (feat. Will.I.Am)
  • Face Up by Lights
  • Mouthwash by Kate Nash
  • Skyscraper by Demi Lovato
  • Beautiful Disaster by Jon Mclaughlin
  • Breathe Me by Sia
  • Beautiful by Bethany Dillon
  • Who We Are by Hope Parlow
  • More Beautiful You by Jonny Diaz
  • Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful by Kellie Pickler
  • Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked
  • Who Says by Selena Gomez
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow sung by the Glee Cast
  • A Little Bit Stronger by Sara Evans
  • Price Tag by Jessie J
  • Sunday by Sia
  • Believe in Me by Demi Lovato
  • Perfect by P!nk
  • Dear Friend by Stacie Orrico
  • Recover by Natasha Bedingfield
  • You’ve Changed by Sia
  • Freckles by Natasha Bedingfield
  • Imperfections by Saving Jane
  • The Voice Within by Christina Aguilera
  • Firework by Katy Perry
  • Change by Taylor Swift
  • Beautiful by Christina Aguilera
  • Born This Way by Lady Gaga
  • Courage by Superchick
  • So Small by Carrie Underwood
  • Move Along- All American Rejects
  • Hold On- Good Charlotte
  • Gold-Britt Nicole
  • Warrior by Demi Lovato
  • Nobody Ever Told You by Carrie Underwood
  • Hold You Up by Shane Harper
  • Brave by Sara Barielles
  • You’re Worth It by Cimorelli
  • One Day You Will by Lady Antebellum
  • Lovely by Sarah Haze

Why not make a playlist and have a motivational medley ready at the click of a button for when the time calls!