What is a Healing Crisis or Detox Crisis?
Have you ever heard the saying that goes, “it gets worse before it gets better”? If you have, then that is an easy way to understand the “Healing Crisis.” Not many people address the healing crisis as not many people know about it. Healing crisis is a process that often happens when we enter a modality of personal transformation. It can occur when you’re going on a weight loss plan, a detox, or a self-improvement course. In doing so, you are going to experience a period in which you might second guess yourself or doubt yourself. Know that this is a natural part of healing, whether it’s a psychological trauma or a physiological trauma that you’re dealing with, this phase is natural and can be dealt with by following a few easy steps. Here mentioned below are a few pointers that will surely help you deal with your current dilemma.
6 Ways to Overcome a Healing Crisis
1. Ground yourself in the present
The first thing that you need to do when you face a healing crisis is to calm down and stay grounded. Most of the time, when the healing crisis hits, we start revisiting our past traumas. That can be detrimental to your healing process. Always remember to find something or someone that keeps you grounded. One thing that has worked for me is that I keep an object I can feel with me at all times. Much like the movie inception, I keep an object I can fidget with that reminds me that this will all be over soon, and I’ll become a better version of myself.
2. Keep yourself hydrated
Another thing that I’ve realized along my journey is that drinking water can be very therapeutic. When our body starts to face the healing crisis, being mindful of your water intake doesn’t even cross your mind, which may result in dehydration. Therefore, you must keep water with you at all times, and if your detox routine allows you, you can also take fresh juices. However, one important thing is that the water needs to be purified if you are not sure of what your everyday water source contains; it is better to boil it before use. It will dilute the toxins in your bloodstream and make sure you don’t experience a feeling of unease.
3. Maintain a regular sleep cycle
Most of the time, the healing crises come with a long list of discomforts, which often include diarrhea, nausea, and anxiety. In order to make sure that you give your body the time it needs to heal and function more efficiently, you need to maintain a healthy sleep cycle. Try to sleep at least 9-10 hours a day. While it may be a little more than recommended on an average daily basis, your body must take its time to get better.
4. Include lemon and apple cider vinegar in your routine
The most apparent discomfort that many people complain about is nausea. Granted that it can take a toll on your mood and everyday functions, it can be easily managed. All you need to do is add a little bit of lemon or apple cider vinegar to your daily meals and your problem will be solved. The citrus properties of lime and the alkaline properties of vinegar will not only help you deal with nausea but will also result in much better digestion and fight the toxins present in your body.
5. Consult a chiropractor
Due to diarrhea and anxiety, most people also experience a certain kind of pull in their muscles. In order to deal with tense muscles and muscular pain, it is advised that you consult a chiropractor. By doing so and getting regular adjustments, you will feel more relaxed and less anxious. Make sure that you tell the doctor of your transformation efforts so he/she can better assess your situation accordingly.
6. A positive state of mind
Know that it's normal for a person going through a healing crisis to not feel at the best of their spirit. You should try to stay in a positive state of mind. For example, if I try a weight loss detox, it is normal that I might have surges of self-pity and self-doubt, it is human nature to resist change and stick to what is comforting (in my case binge eating). However, no matter how bad things get, you need to be strong-willed enough to persevere. So, having positive people around is one option. They will make you feel positive and encourage you to indulge in activities that takes the burden off of shoulders and make the transition smooth.
When to Know If You Should Seek Help or Overcome This?
Every detox routine has a curbing period in which you get the hang of things; however, it is different for each detox plan. Before you commit to a detox routine, one thing that you should do is that you should determine the healing crisis period beforehand. If the crisis period extends a standard period of time, you should contact the doctor immediately. Granted that not everyone experiences the crisis periods, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Consult a doctor before a detox
One thing that you need to keep in mind is that before you go on any significant detox challenges without supervision. You need to consult your doctor and your nutritionist to make sure that the detox you’re going on is tailored to the needs of your body. In most cases, people have actually worsened their previously existing medical conditions as a result of ill-informed detox plans. You wouldn’t want your efforts to backfire now, would you?
Try not to detox during your menstrual cycle
It is advised that women don't start their detox on their menstrual cycle. If your period starts in between your detox, then your body is accustomed to the change. However, if one starts it right before their menstrual cycle, the chances are that they can experience irregularities, excessive bloating, and cramps. So try to plan out when you should start your detox journey. You're already going through enough unease on a detox; you wouldn't want to make it harder on yourself.
Do not follow detox routines of the internet
Another thing that you should keep in mind is that everything you see on the internet isn't worthwhile. You should make sure that the detox plan you are about to follow does not have any side effects. Granted that many well-known influencers support many detox plans there is no reliable research to support their claims. Apart from that, you don’t want to end up causing yourself harm just because a person you know from TV said so.
Do your research before you commit
Never take a detox plan at face value; what worked for your friend doesn't necessarily need to work for you too. You need to come to terms with the fact that while we all might look alike, our bodies are tailored differently from one another. What may be beneficial for one can be harmful to another. So, always determine the source and look into the things that the plan requires you to do. Whether they are exercises, drinks, teas, or pre-cooked meals, you need to make sure you do extensive research before you commit to a plan. Not only is it necessary for your health but also a smart decision concerning your bank account. It’s a wise decision to do your own research before putting in the efforts and money on something that might or might not work for you.
In a nutshell, one thing that you need to believe is that it always gets better; there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Know that there are many people out there who are fighting the same battle you are. All you need to do is make a decision, are the results that you are going for worth the pain? You need to be honest with yourself and ask yourself that is the gain worth the pain? Because in the end, you need to be willing in order to transform. So, once you’ve done your research, consulted the doctors if necessary. I hope this article was helpful. I wish you all the best for your healing journey. You must know that if you’ve found yourself in a healing crisis, it’s a setback and not the end of the world. All you need to do is manage it and go back to it!