We’ve all heard phrases like “Let all the emotions out” and “You’ll feel better after a good cry.” Turns out these are very accurate statements. When you cry it out, you release more than a few tears from your eyes. There are many benefits to having a good cry. So whether you’re with a group of friends or alone in your bedroom, take comfort in the fact that letting the tears flow helps you in numerous ways.
The Benefits of a Good Crying Session
You’ll feel better when you’re done.
Studies have shown that crying actually improves your mood. That release you feel turns into elevated feelings of happiness. This could be because of the reduction of manganese through tears. So, let out the sadness and know that when you’re done, you’ll be feeling much better!
You’ll improve your stress level.
Perhaps part of the reason you feel better after a good cry is because crying releases stress. After you cry, your stress levels will likely be lower. William H. Frey II, Ph.D., a biochemist and director of the Psychiatry Research Laboratories at the St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Centre, Professor and Director Alzheimer’s Research Center Regions Hospital Foundation, Minnesota, studied these effects. He theorized that we feel better after crying, because it removes chemicals that build up when we are stressed.
“We don’t know what those chemicals are, but we do know that tears contain ACTH, which is known to be increased in stress. We don’t know if they are increased in tears,” reports Dr. Frey. He also notes, “It’s important that we evolved this ability. If you can alleviate stress, you can prevent stress damage to the heart and brain, and improve long-term survival. We shouldn’t be conditioning young children not to cry; we should be happy that they have the ability.”
You’ll release toxins.
As you’re crying out your feelings, you’re also removing toxins from your eyes. The tears are the vehicles that remove the stress chemicals, according to Dr. Frey. Tears also contain antibacterial and antiviral properties that nourish the cells of the eye.
You’ll acknowledge your feelings.
This one is all mental. Crying allows you time to process your feelings and acknowledge whatever you are going through. Take that time. Look inward and tackle those emotions head on.
Everyone cries sometimes. Don’t let societal limitations like “big girls don’t cry” and “men don’t shed tears” rob you of the physical and emotional release of a good cry. We all have emotions and are healthier when we recognize and deal with the feelings we are facing.
Wellness coaching can help you get a handle on those feelings and sort through your tough times. Whether you need a shoulder to cry on as you work through things or a plan to jump-start your health, contact me. Together we can laugh, cry, heal and soar.
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
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