For a long time tears were viewed as a sign of weakness in a person because just the act of crying symbolized an immature personality. It was also believed that some people cry because they don’t want to take responsibility for their mistakes or faults and just wanted to get some sympathy. But it turns out that crying is good for our health and a natural process.
When we’re sad – and when we express it by crying – the body automatically releases chemicals that play the role of a natural sedative, which helps dull our perception of pain. The act of crying causes two kinds of hormones called opioids and oxytocin to be released, and they make feelings of pain seem less strong. In this way, they function as a natural anesthetic, giving us piece of mind and a little “release.”
In a nutshell, crying is a good exercise that helps us keep our body healthy – it’s necessary to allow ourselves to cry when we’re depressed or worried about something. When the tears come, it’s a very natural process, and after we mourn we tend to feel a little bit of piece.
Tears can also express feelings of joy and excitement, but they appear most commonly during the bad times as a symbol of anguish and deep pain. But what other benefits can they have on our health?
They’re good for our vision
Tears help avoid dehydration of the mucus membranes of the eyes, keeping them lubricated and well-moisturized, which helps maintain your eyes in good shape. Experts also say that if someone lacks the capacity to tear up, their vision can suffer more easily.
They kill off some bacteriaTears have the ability to kill certain bacteria within minutes of contact because they contain a powerful compound called lysozyme. This protects us against germs that cause colds and other conditions, for example.
They can also eliminate toxins
The tears—that we shed when we experience a strong emotion or pain and when our crying is difficult to soothe—are part of an excellent form of therapy that helps eliminate toxins that have accumulated in the body due to stress and other reasons.
They help reduce stress
Tears falling from our eyes are similar to what is secreted from the body when we sweat, so both are good ways to lower high stress levels.
They improve moodWhen we cry we release large quantities of manganese. This has a calming effect because high levels of manganese in the body can cause fatigue, irritability, depression, anxiety, and other disorders that can seriously affect anyone’s emotional stability.
Always keep this in mind!
Now that you know about the benefits that a good cry can have for your emotional health, it’s important to remember that you should never try to contain your tears. Fighting the urge to cry can harm the whole body by blocking the release of anxieties and negative emotions. Those feelings, bottled up, will become concentrated and trigger something much worse with time.
Remember to never be afraid or ashamed to express your feelings when you feel the need to cry. You have to shed those tears, because as they fall they wash away some of our problems (including some that affect our health).