Why do we cry?
In truth, our bodies produce three different types of tears. This includes basal, reflex and emotional tears. Basal tears keep our eyes moist and hydrated. These happen when you blink. Reflex tears occur when an irritant comes into contact with your eyes. It is a protective mechanism.
Then there are emotional tears. These tears arise in response to emotions. And we talk about this kind of tears in this article.
What are the health benefits of crying?
Let’s dive in
1. Crying reduces stress:
We often feel tears when we feel stressed and overwhelmed. You feel the tension build up in your forehead and you try to hold back the tears.
It is time to end this practice of suppressing our tears! Find a quiet place on your own (if necessary) and just let it out, because surprisingly your tears are not just water, they also have stress hormones and toxins.
If you cry, detoxify your body and get rid of pent-up stress. Rinse these things out. Let go of the stress in your life, literally. You will feel much better afterwards.
2. Crying relieves psychological and physical pain:
Crying calms you down. It calms you down and makes you feel better, which you probably know from your own experience with crying, but now you have some serious evidence.
Researchers have shown that crying activates the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system relieves stress and calms you down. If you are calm, you may feel less mental pain. However, it may take a few minutes for these effects to be achieved.
When it comes to physical pain, crying releases endorphins (your natural pain reliever), especially oxytocin, which calms you down and makes you feel better.
3. Crying improves your mood:
These endorphins are also responsible for improving your mood. Do you know how things don’t feel as important as before your wine session? Yes, you can thank your endorphins for that. You come in, free your body from pain and raise your mood.
Basically, endorphins are your body’s superheroes and crying prompts them to get out of hiding. So do it when you feel it. We all need a good scream every now and then, so force these superhero endorphins to take action!
4. Crying leaves emotions built up:
People cry for all sorts of reasons. You may feel happy, sad, angry, or stressed. Whatever the reason, crying can help release these extreme feelings in a healthy and somewhat productive way.
Interestingly, some research suggests that crying could help restore a balanced emotional state. This means that you can approach your problem or situation logically – without being clouded by extreme emotional reactions.
5. Lowers blood pressure:
Yes, crying can lower your blood pressure. As a result, it can help protect your heart and your entire circulatory system. This can prevent heart disease, stroke and dementia. Age well by crying a little more (when you need it!).
6. Signals to others that you need:
There is nothing more heartbreaking than watching your loved ones burst into tears. If you are like most, you will probably long to help them and solve their suffering. The same thing happens to others when you cry – it shows that you need support. The Reforbes That Likes To Say Yes.
While you may feel that the crying is looked down on by some, support and relationships contribute to a more meaningful life. Crying in front of others and showing your feelings openly (when they come in – nobody likes the boy who cried the wolf) shows your openness and transparency. It deepens connections and understanding. It shows that you are human – like the rest of us.
In addition, physical touch can heal you from the inside! A hug or someone near you can often help more in difficult times than we think.
7. Helps you sleep better:
Possibly! More research is needed, but a study has shown that crying helps babies sleep better.
And if you think about it … It makes sense that it would also help adults! Emotional tears trigger stress. If you are less stressed, you sleep better. Less worry = more rest.
When is crying a problem?
Frequent crying and feelings of sadness can indicate depression, especially if you’re not sure why you’re crying. If this occurs in conjunction with symptoms such as tiredness, difficulty concentrating, worthlessness and helplessness and you do not enjoy things that you have once enjoyed, make an appointment with your doctor. Get help now so you can feel better faster.
Being human means having a range of emotions – crying is absolutely part of it. It’s okay to let it go and collapse. As explained above, it can really help you and your situation. Don’t feel guilty or small.
In fact, you feel empowered by the fact that your body has this amazing ability to operate the switch and make you feel better. The human body is pretty cool if you think about it!