Is there such a thing as too much self-care?

I never thought I would witness myself typing these words…

There is such a thing as too much self-care.

As someone who is squeezing in every opportunity to remind her friends and clients that they need to take time for themselves, step away from the cell phone or computer and indulge in their bliss through spa treatments, adventures, delicious foods, body movement or whatever calls them, it is strange for me to now agree with the age-old phrase:

You can have too much of a good thing.

Before I go any further, I just want to be clear.  I don’t actually believe you can have too much self-care in general.  A continued practice of self-care is necessary to support you in maintaining a stress-less, happy life so that you are able to do all the things you love.

BUT, what I just recently learned is too much of the same self-care, especially when it is intense, and when it occurs during a sensitive time, can lead to some messy stuff.

Here was my experience:

Last week there was a lot going on for me.  A big office move.  Preparation for a lot of back-to-back travel coming up. And creation of something really big which I can’t wait to share with you all when I’m ready 🙂

Emotions were high.  So, I did what I know how to do best when I need to relax my mind and de-stress.  I went to the spa (as I wrote about here), then the next day I got an Ayurvedic facial and energy balancing, then the following day I got a massage.

Three days of really intense detoxing.

I didn’t think twice about it until my body started to freak out in what I’ve learned some people call a “Healing Crisis” – basically, my body received so much good release that it went into overdrive to help me expedite the toxins from my body at turbo speed.  AKA, I had massive tummy upset and diarrhea leading to complete exhaustion and lack of hunger. HORRIBLE!

As I write this, it’s taken me three full days to get back to feeling like myself again.  Now, if you’re like me, you probably prefer your toxin release to occur slowly and steadily, in order to avoid the big purge and crash.  But, bodies are funny and sometimes they give us what we need, not what we want, so if you find yourself in a Healing Crisis of your own, here’s what I recommend to get you back to feeling yourself as quickly as possible.

4 tips to get you through a Healing Crisis:

  1. Drink TONS of water. I put this one as #1 because it is so vitally important.  As you are releasing, you are letting go of massive amounts of water in your body that needs to replenished.  Downing a lot of H2O will help prevent headaches from dehydration and will also help speed up the toxin release since one of the ways toxins leave your body is through your urine.
  2. Incorporate cilantro, parsley, chia seeds and/or aloe into your smoothies or juices. These four things are known to help detox because they facilitate the toxins out of the body.  Even if you don’t feel hungry, which I didn’t during my Healing Crisis, I still drank a glass of water with chia seeds (chia seeds have a lot of nutrients too which will supplement for the nutrients you’re not receiving from food).

Organic Aloe Vera Juice

3. Go to bed really early. During my Healing Crisis, I was in bed by 8 p.m. each night and slept between 10-11 hours.  I know it’s hard but your body desperately needs recovery time, which is most efficient while you’re sleeping.

4. Ask your body what it needs to heal. Literally ask, then listen to your intuition.  Our bodies are smart.  They send signals to us far before we actually realize what they have been trying to say all along so the more you can listen up, the quicker you’ll know what to give her.  For me, my body wanted coconut water which helps rehydrate and replenish the blood. Then, it wanted root vegetables when I felt ready to introduce solid foods again, so I roasted a sweet potato and a few beets in the oven.

The lesson in all of this is to create a steady self-care plan.  While there will be times when it needs to be amped-up and times when you need to pull back, the most important thing is listening to what you need. And hopefully, you can avoid the mass-exodus 😉

In Legit Love,

Jess Tomlinson
Lifestyle & Wellness Coach for Busy Bold Women

Learn more about me here!

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