Inder’s Quick Win #004: Dealing with a ‘healing crisis’

Published by Inder Singh Virdi BA (Hons) mBANT on

Healing crisis are tough right? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in tears because I felt awful once again, after feeling better. I can’t tell you how many times I lost hope in finding the light at the end of the tunnel. 

In so many ways, having chronic illness was easier than going through the healing process because I had my CFS ‘under control’; I knew my limits and could manage my energy. 

A ‘healing crisis’ on the other hand was a completely unpredictable experience. It often presented as exhaustion, depression, anxiety, anger, sadness, despair and sometimes exacerbations of existing symptoms. 

If there is one thing I learned during my journey, it was that a healing crisis can be ugly but oh so necessary to help one recognise that something needs to be healed.

A healing crisis for me, felt like ‘the releasing of trapped emotions within my being’. I explore this in some detail here

As a caveat, healing crises often get confused with die-off’ and ‘overload’ which can be as equally unpleasant but normally just require tweaks in your programme (I will write a more in-depth article about this in the future). 

As Dr Lawrence Wilson once stated: ‘My programme is a problem facing programme’ and as they say you need to ‘get your hands dirty’ if you want to reap the rewards. By engaging in the right programme, you are facing the experiences and emotions that led you here in the first place, and then things can only help unfold and improve.

As I have alluded to in a previous article, you may not feel well enough to face the ‘music’ in the early stages of your recovery, but as your body becomes stronger, these emotions percolate to the surface.

I decided to face them, acknowledge them, accept them, thank them and release them.

However they decided to release, I simply surrendered and allowed my bodies wisdom to do it’s thing. I tried not to judge or put pressure on myself in order to speed the process up. It took as long as it took. 

Only when I was in full alignment with this process, could I move forward in my healing journey.

So I would say try your very best to trust in the process, keep envisaging yourself well and you will be fine 🙂

Wishing you well on your path to health,



Inder Singh Virdi BA (Hons) mBANT

I'm a nutritional therapist specialising in brain health and chronic fatigue syndrome. My goal is to help people achieve their dreams through optimised brain health and helping alleviate ‘invisible issues’ that people with chronic health issues often face.


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