By Jenny Peterson
When someone has been dealing with chronic conditions for a long time, or even someone that has acute conditions, it is only human to want to know on some level how long it may take to heal.
You want your discomfort to end.
From a biological perspective though, there are many factors that come into play that will determine how long it takes for you to heal.
Today, I’m going to cover all the pieces that contribute to the length of time that it takes for chronic conditions to heal so you can have a realistic perspective of what this journey looks like.
Lets say you get a cut. You know that it's going to take time for that cut to heal, maybe a few days or weeks, depending how bad it is. But you don’t question if your body will heal it or how long it will take, you just know that your body has got a plan. You slap on a bandaid and wait for it to do its magic. You may even, a few days later after it starts healing, hit it again and it might re-open. Instead of freaking out, you just say, dang it and put a new bandaid on it and start the process all over.
How your body heals a cut is no different than how it heals IBS, acne, rashes, or even cancer.
This cut analogy really helps us see that our bodies are completely capable of healing if we just let go and trust the process. Now we all know healing a minor cut vs healing a broken bone is going to have different healing times. But regardless of how long that healing process takes, the steps that your body goes through during that time are the same.
There is going to be a building up or breaking down process that includes fluid and swelling. All healing happens this way. Think about the cut again. There is pain, inflammation, maybe drainage, and the building of new tissue.
If nothing interrupts the healing process, like in the case of a cut that all you do is put on the band aid, and trust your body, you can expect a fairly quick recovery.
But when it comes to chronic conditions that are not going away, there are going to be other factors at play.
What body system is involved
How long it has been in a hanging healing
WHAT BODY SYSTEM IS INVOLVED
There are certain body systems that have longer healing phases. For example, when you have a pimple, that healing process is fairly short. The pimple indicates you have resolved your conflict and it will come to a head and be gone in a few days.
Then there are the ovaries which involve the development of an ovarian cyst during the healing process. If there are no interruptions of the healing process, the process takes – like a pregnancy – nine months to complete.
In the case of cancer of any location in the body, it should be expected that there be at least 6 months of the healing phase minimally.
HOW LONG ITS BEEN IN A HANGING HEALING
When someone is experiencing chronic conditions, this tells us that the healing process is being interrupted.
As you can see with a broken bone or cut, the body heals it all naturally on its own. But if the cut is constantly getting bumped or re-opened the healing process will be slowed down. This is in essence what is happening when chronic conditions are not healing. A hanging healing means that the body is trying to heal but it is getting interrupted, which is delaying the healing process. You are bouncing back and forth between being in a conflict state within your mind and the healing phase.
Medications, some supplements, mindset, and subconscious tracks will all influence the healing process and are factors in a hanging healing.
If you have chronic conditions for years, you have been in a hanging healing for years. So if you resolve all the subconscious connections to your symptoms, the body will then get permission to complete the healing process. But if you have been in a hanging healing for years, that means that area of your body was building up or breaking down for years as well. The building up or breaking down over time will influence how long your healing phase is. It could be a few days, or several weeks or months depending again on the body system and how long you have been in a hanging healing.
When it comes to healing chronic conditions your triggers and tracks are going to be a major factor in how long it takes to heal. They are what most of the time is keeping you in a hanging healing.
Yes, there will be some events in your life that you need to look at and determine if there needs to be any resolution regarding them. But that is not the only area that needs attention.
Your triggers and subconscious tracks are essentially reminders within your subconscious that reopen your conflict.
So let's say you have a rash and you know it's connected to the break up with your boyfriend. You may have moved on but every time you see his face on facebook and you see him at the grocery store you get re-triggered. Until you address these tracks that are keeping this conflict opened, they will be putting you back into the conflict phase, interrupting your healing.
So your rash may go away for a few weeks but it keeps coming back every so often because of this or doesn’t go away at all. Both the memory and the triggers and thought patterns around this separation need to be addressed to truly put this conflict to rest.
Acne is another example of tracks that need to be addressed and are of influence in healing. A person may identify and resolve a situation in their life where they felt ugly but every time they look in the mirror they feel ugly which is just keeping that track open. It's a vicious circle that is often where the biggest hang ups in healing are.
Anxiety is another one. If you have anxiety, then the thinking patterns connected to it that consist of fear and powerlessness have been with you for years, most likely since childhood, shifting those and replacing them with new patterns is not an overnight process.
In some people’s cases there are no tracks and only a resolution of an event in their life needs to be addressed. I don’t see this very often but it has happened. The reason this isn’t very common is because unless we address the subconscious patterns that are influencing the way we view or respond to life, we will continue to respond to life the same way. Which will keep these old patterns active within the subconscious and showing up in our body as symptoms.
Tracks are very important to address when it comes to resolving chronic conditions. Even if you are aware of the tracks and triggers, learning how to respond to them differently is a slow process.
You don’t change these overnight. It's a practice that is done a little bit at a time, day by day.
You have responded to life a certain way for years, it's going to take time to shift that. So, healing can take longer because of these tracks and how long it takes to let them go.
Your mindset is a huge player in your healing. Especially when it comes to fear.
Fear puts you into a conflict state, where your nervous system is heightened, which will influence your healing. This is why I say that fear and anxiety are the glue that slow down the healing process. When you experience fear, your body thinks that it's being chased by a tiger. All it wants to focus on is the tiger and trying to get away from it in order to survive. This takes up alot of the mental and physical resources in your body.
Thinking patterns that are linked to fear like worrying, overthinking, and future projecting, are all going to influence where your attention is going and the message that you are sending to your body. You are the leader of your ship. Your body looks to you to tell it if it is safe or not safe. If it doesn’t have a secure leader or a feeling that it is safe, it is going to adapt in order to survive, which is what symptoms are.
Your mindset is either going to support your healing or hinder it. Your body will not heal until the mind is at peace. So rather than trying so hard to get rid of symptoms, your focus needs to be on shifting your mindset and stepping into a new version of you. That is when your body will get the message that it's safe to heal.
I have worked with hundreds of clients. Those that heal the fastest are the ones that shift their mindset the fastest. When the light bulb goes off and they realize they are the monster under the bed and decide to step into their own power to create the life they want and let go of what is no longer serving them, things start to majorly shift. The fastest change will come when you decide that the ability to heal and have whatever you want in your life is yours.
Our 8 month coaching program is the length of time that I have found it takes to unwire old patterns and rewire new ones for those that have multiple chronic conditions. That is with daily work on those patterns. I consider 8 months a short time in the big picture when you have had these thinking patterns for 20, 30, or 40 years. Anything less than 8 months of consistent daily work, I have found that the new patterns are not “sticking” and a person isn’t fully ready to step into their 2.0 self because there hasn’t been enough time for the unwiring and rewiring process.
These 3 areas are going to influence how long it will take to heal chronic conditions. The body system involved, how long you have been in a hanging healing, and your mindset.
While I know that this question of how long will this take is a human question, I ask that you take a deeper look at it.
What’s really underneath it? Are there expectations, fears, or beliefs that are driving the need to know this? Doing this kind of work is going to require you to let go of control and trying to force something to happen, which is what alot of us have been programmed to do in our lives.
But frankly, it doesn’t work.
Letting go of expectations and understanding that this healing journey has no time limit is an important part of healing. Life itself is about healing so truly there is no end to it. You don’t have to wait until things are perfect to live. In fact, you have to start to live in order to heal.
Go into your healing journey with expectations that it's going to be messy. There are going to be days that you don’t feel well or don’t catch yourself falling into old patterns. This is a day by day process, small steps that will add up to big wins. Expect it to be messy rather than this unrealistic expectation that you will learn this one thing and the next day you will be completely changed. That kind of expectation will only set you up for disappointment. When you expect it to be messy, then on those days when everything isn’t perfect you won’t be beating yourself up or going down negative rabbit holes.
Healing is possible for everyone. How long that takes is your individual journey that I suggest you don’t rush. You will miss out on all there is to learn from your symptoms, by trying to force it. You will be amazed by simply letting go of fear and stepping into a healthier mindset how things will start to shift.
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