How Reading Fiction Helped me with Recovery

Reading Fiction and Eating Disorder Recovery

A big part of recovery for me was finding activities that I enjoyed doing simply for pleasure on my free time. Hobbies that had nothing to do with weight loss, food, dieting or appearance. It was difficult at first – because I had been so focused on productivity, improvement and perfection – but with time I was able to find a few things that I did purely for joy and relaxation.

An important hobby that helped me with recovery and my overall happiness was: reading fiction novels. Reading simply to get lost in a good story. Prior to this, I was reading non-fiction, self-help or diet books, constantly trying to learn or find some sort of hack to make my life better.  

Fiction helped me escape and take a break.

There was also a very healthy element to reading stories where I couldn’t see what the people looked like. I wasn’t constantly being bombarded by unhealthy body image standards but instead being able to imagine and create my own make believe world. It’s an unfortunate truth that we don’t have inclusive messaging within the media, so reading helped me get away from all of that. It was a gift that helped me tremendously during recovery.

Here are some of my favorite fiction books that I read during this time. Some of these books are light-hearted women focused novels, some are more dramatic and serious, some are fantasy sci-fi novels, but they were all chosen from a place of wanting to read a fun, pleasurable story that completely transported me. If you’re looking for a great read, I am sure you will find something good in this list! Here they are:

Dune by Frank Herbert

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

The Power by Naomi Alderman

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Spring Playlist - Pretty

Spring Playlist - Pretty

Pretty melodic songs that lift your spirit and remind you that colorful spring flowers are starting to bloom. These are delicate fun songs that build as you listen to them — so they go from softer, more atmospheric to stronger, poppier sounds. They will leave you feeling empowered and energized.

It’s a pretty eclectic mix — there’s some indie pop, hip-hop, pop, electronic, alt pop — but it’s a great combination and it’s all the stuff I’m loving right now.

Hope you enjoy!

Winter Playlist - Fresh

The Original LG Winter Playlist

I have gotten a few requests for music playlists from the songs I have been playing with my Morning Matcha videos — so your wish is my command!

I pulled this playlist together with the theme of fresh, fun, dance-y, melodic beats and a mix of some new stuff that I am enjoying at the moment. These songs uplift my spirit while keeping me calm and grounded. It’s a lovely mix of catchy tunes that are easy to listen and dance to.

Hope you enjoy!

The Importance of Hobbies

Hobbies & Activities

When we are little most of us have some sort of hobby or activity we do – like piano, soccer, ballet, basketball, girl scouts, chess, gymnastics. We are enrolled in something outside of school so we can learn and develop other skills.

These activities diversify our lives and bring us joy.

Some of us become really good at them and for others it is something that we simply enjoy. Even if we aren’t going to become a professional soccer player we still continue to participate because it’s fun, gets us out of the house, and it’s a way for us to be hanging out with friends.

These hobbies are good for us. When we are younger we have so many things we do simply for fun, but once we get older and start working we stop doing these activities.

We go to work, then to the gym or home, eat dinner, watch tv, go to sleep, and then start the day again. The days become so redundant and lacking of excitement. No wonder many people turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms.

I have noticed that when you stop having these activities in your life you feel like something is missing. I noticed that in mine. Before I started acting, I would wake up, go to a job that I didn’t like, was exhausted once I was done, and would either force myself to work out or meet up with a friend, then I would go home and be miserable because I did’t want to go to work the next day, try to numb myself out about it, go to sleep, wake up and do it all over again.

It wasn’t until I started adding in activities simply for the reason that they made me happy that things started to shift in a positive way. For me those activities were acting, singing, yoga and writing. These things made me so happy and started becoming what I looked forward to most in life. 

I also noticed the same thing happen for my brother. He had such an intense investment banking job in New York City. He isn’t very expressive but you could tell he was getting very burnt out. He has always loved house/electronic music so one Christmas we came up with the idea that he should learn how to DJ. We thought it would be a cool way for him to take his passion for music a step further. He started taking DJ classes and it was like his time in NYC changed. He was lit up by it and started finding ways that he could be more involved in the music community he loved. He started to participate by DJ’ing at events and venues. He would go home and work on his playlists for hours and lost track of time. He also played soccer for a men’s league and volunteered teaching kids’ soccer and all of these activities made his life more fun and enjoyable. They helped him have a fuller life.  

I have noticed how huge all of this is for feeling like your life is more than just your work. Like you are more than just your work.

When my younger brother graduated from college that was my biggest piece of advice to him: Have something fun you do outside of work. Keep up at least one hobby. It will be good for your soul. Whenever I speak with friends who seem to be burnt out I ask them if they are doing anything outside of their work that they enjoy and I stress the importance of having something.

Now I have so many activities and I make it a priority to follow my curiosities.

I recently started learning about Astrology and it is so fascinating and cool. There is so much we can learn and explore, it is a shame if we don’t. Life can be so rich if we let it and it helps us learn more about who we are and all the magical elements of life.