It’s safe to say that the past two years have given us more than enough to cry about. Though due to the expectations of society, many people still view crying as a negative or ‘weak’ thing to do (which is understandable, since not everyone has a pretty crying face)! Despite the negative connotations that are associated with crying, there are actually a lot of benefits that come with it. Today, we’re here to encourage you to shed those crocodile tears and tell you why you should cry more!
Raise your hand if you love crying!
Reflex tears (tears resulting from external stimuli) are helpful for washing out bacteria or any other irritants. This is because tears contain a fluid called lysozyme, which helps to kill bacteria. Besides, it is theorized that tears contain stress hormones and other toxins, which can reduce your stress levels, aka, you can literally cry your stress away!
Let’s face it, we always feel so much BETTER after a good cry. That’s because crying activates the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), which helps people relax. Plus, it also helps you restore emotional balance. So you’ll get back to your normal self after a good cry.
When you cry, your body releases hormones that make you feel good, like oxytocin and endorphins. These chemicals are naturally designed to ease your pain, both physically and emotionally. It’s like natural pain relief! That’s why you feel numb after a lengthy crying session.
Like our body, our eyes need to stay hydrated at all times! Ever feel like tearing up when your eyes feel dry? That’s because crying helps to rehydrate your eyes which can help you see more clearly and increases your ability to focus! So, when you’re studying for your finals, watch a sad video on YouTube and shed some tears, since it just might improve your study sesh!
This might be hard to believe, but crying actually makes you more relatable, and let’s others see a different side of you. Naturally, when you cry in front of someone, they would try to comfort you, which helps you to create a deeper bond with others. Just remember that being vulnerable isn’t the scariest thing in the world, and sometimes, it is okay to let others know how you’re feeling!
Puts things into perspective
We often see things more clearly after crying and restoring balance to our emotional state. The thing that we were crying about just doesn’t seem as bad as it did before. In fact, you might feel better after the release of endorphins and have more motivation to take on whatever made you cry in the first place!
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