Four reasons to have a cry
A couple of weekends ago I hopped into bed and had a massive cry. I’m talking whole-body shaking, can’t breath, ugly type of crying. It was wonderful. There was nothing in particular that triggered this emotional purge; I just needed to let it out. My boyfriend had gone out for the night, and I guess spending that time alone with my thoughts and feelings gave me the space I needed to really let my shit fly – without having someone tell me that it’s okay and to stay strong. In that moment, I didn’t want to be strong. I wanted to feel however I was feeling.
I spend so much time and effort being positive. Sometimes it’s refreshing to really feel sad. Once the tears slowed down enough, I took out my journal and did a brain dump. Everything I was feeling was scrawled out onto paper. I can’t tell you how healing this was for me. I felt amazing afterwards and had the best night’s sleep. Think I’m nuts? It’s actually been proven that crying is a vital part of our wellbeing. Here’s why:
1. Tears heal our body
Dr Stephen Sinatra says that crying is the most healing of emotions. “Because when you go into deep sobbing, not only does it alleviate tension in your vocal cords, in your lungs, in your diaphragm, and in your heart, but also the tears themselves are healing,” he says in Suzanne Somers’ book Knockout. “Tears contain endorphins, and these are healing chemicals. Whenever you cry, you are healing the body.”
2. Crying is detoxifying
Biochemist William Frey found in one study that emotional tears – as in those formed in distress or grief – contained more toxic byproducts than tears of irritation (think onion peeling). This doesn’t mean that tears are toxic. It means that they actually remove toxins from our body that build up courtesy of stress.
3. Crying reduces stress and anxiety
Tears remove some of the chemicals built up in the body from stress, like the endorphin leucine-enkaphalin and the hormone, prolactin. High levels of manganese in the body can also cause anxiety, nervousness, irritability, fatigue, aggression and emotional disturbance. Tears can lower a person’s manganese levels!
The opposite is true as well. Suppressing tears increases stress levels, and contributes to diseases aggravated by stress.
4. Crying cleanses by releasing stored emotions
I’ve said this in many of my posts, but only because it is so damn true: feeling is healing! Repressing your emotions, denying them and pushing them down into your body will only help to manifest larger issues and illness. The feelings become stored in our cells, and after a while the build up becomes too much for us to handle. Crying is cathartic. If we allow ourselves the privilege of actually feeling our true raw emotions, we can deal with our troubles in a much healthier manner. It’s okay to feel sad. It’s okay to not be positive all of the time. If your sadness is chronic and never-ending, then you could be in trouble. But if you just want to break down and let the boo-hoos out, by all means do it.
Do you love a good cry? Or are you the type to hold the tears in?
Positive affirmation for the day: I give my body and mind permission to feel however they want to feel. I don’t try to manipulate or alter my feelings. They are what they are.
Image credit: Jannes Pockele
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