Ever since we were kids, we were told to avoid crying (especially in front of someone else) because it was seen a sign of weakness or because showing feelings was a bad thing.
However, tears have positive effects for both our physical and mental health. In today’s article, we’ll explain some of their main benefits.
Why do we cry?
We can shed tears of joy, sadness, love or frustration. It goes without saying that all types of tears are different and can flow from a wide range of reasons.
What is certain is that the act of crying forms part of our lives from day one.
As babies, we cried when we were hungry, had a dirty diaper…when we were that young, the cold, fear or ego could trigger our cries.
As we grew up, we tried to avoid crying because we thought it was a bad thing to do. However, that’s not true.
We should teach our kids (regardless if they’re boys or girls) to cry without feeling ashamed. By doing so, they’ll be able to express their feelings and let the negativity all out.
It’s important to remember that a trauma that’s left unresolved in childhood can turn into a big problem in adulthood.
This is why crying is fundamental for our personal development. Tears have many positive effects…so we shouldn’t try to contain them when facing a situation that overwhelms or anguishes us. We shouldn’t hold them back when we feel bad either.
The ideal thing to do is to vent with someone who we can trust or, if that’s not an option, find a private place to cry.
The worse we could do is bottle up our feelings and repress the tears when we find ourselves in a situation that makes us feel sad.
There are many times where we say that we don’t want to cry: because we don’t want to bother others, because we have to be strong, because it’ll all work out anyway or because we don’t want anyone to see us crying…
However, we must remember that what we don’t release will build up on the inside until, one day, it “explodes” and not always in the prettiest way.
The resulting emotional blocks halt tears from flowing and provoke anxiety, stress, depression… This is why we should learn that crying is fundamental for feeling better afterwards.
Crying has a lot of advantages
From now on, try not feeling embarrassed about crying. It doesn’t matter if you cry from watching a movie, an anguishing event or from built-up anger.
Remember that it’s a habit that can provide you with a lot of benefits:
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1. It lets us know ourselves
Crying is an excellent way of getting to know ourselves. By shedding tears, we realize what our necessities, weaknesses and traits are.
We can see things more clearly because the hardships no longer obstruct our intellect.
2. It reduces stress
When we cry, we free ourselves from well-being hormones that work as natural analgesics and relieve stress.
In addition, tears can help with nervousness, anxiety and aggressiveness.
If that wasn’t enough, they also eliminate epinephrine, and norepinephrine. In excess, these two substances can be harmful for are health.
3. It hydrates our eyes
These days, where having dry eye is so common from frequent cellphone and tablet use, a little natural lubrication can come in handy.
Tears keep the eyes hydrated, maintain the corneas oxygenated, combat bacteria that builds up in the zone and prevents dryness.
No need for artificial tears, here!
4. Lighten bad moods
When we cry, we release manganese. When too much of this mineral accumulated in our body, we feel irritated, fatigued, anxious and depressed.
As a result, tears ease this “bad gene” that can leave us with a lot of problems. Thus, tears help us wash away negative thoughts and sadness.
5. It helps us overcome pain
When something bad happens to us, it’s normal for us to want to cry. We shouldn’t repress the need to let out or release what’s keeping out stomach in knots.
Tears also let us transform something negative into something tangible, something that we can manage and see. Their ability to do so makes them the first part of stepping forward and solving the problems.
6. It lets us communicate ourselves
Although there’s a saying that says otherwise, crying isn’t a synonym for weakness or inferiority.
- We need the power of tears to tell others about what we feel, what makes us hurt and what we want to change.
- Crying can also be a way to connect ourselves with our loved ones when our words fail us.
This is why we should see crying as a cry for help or as a way of making our feelings more visible.
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7. It helps us go back to normalcy
When we cry, we can wind our body back down to “homeostasis”. That is to say, tears let us recuperate inner peace as well as a normal rhythm for our body.
Crying’s ability to help us go back to normalcy is why after doing so, we feel that wonderful feeling of relief and release. It’s a result of the metabolism functioning as it needs to again!
8. It prevents gastric problems
When we are stressed or anguished and we don’t cry or talk about it, we are more likely to suffer indigestion, stomach problems or intestinal imbalance.
Crying helps us free us from everything that makes us feel bad and thus, prevent ulcers or chronic colitis that result from stress.
9. It improves breathing
Crying can most certainly bring on gasping, shortness of breath and drowning sensations.
However, after shedding tears of strong emotion, they stabilize along with our breathing pattern.
As if that wasn’t enough, crying regulates our heartbeat and sweat.