Here’s a little confession for you guys. I ABSOLUTELY HATE CRYING! I hate crying when I’m mad, sad, frustrated or even watching a touching movie. I just hate it. I know that it’s acceptable to cry because I’m a woman, but who wants to cry, let alone others see you doing it. Your eyes and nose gets red. You make weird faces and noises. Your nose beings to run and snot gets everywhere. Contrary to popular belief, I (and I’m sure a lot of other people) don’t feel or look “beautiful” when crying. Instead, I feel weak and stupid.
But sometimes, I just can’t help it. I’ll be extremely mad or sad and I’ll cry. I’ll watch Toy Story 3 or Miracle at Saint Anna and the tears will stop to flow. As much as I hate crying, it’s natural. It also turns out to be pretty beneficial for you too. Here’s a few reasons why it’s okay to have a good cry every now and then.
Tears Unleash Your Feelings: If you’re like me, you don’t really sweat the big things unless their colossal. It’s usually the accumulation of smaller events, trials, and tribulations that build up and cause the flood gates to open. When you cry, you unleash all these negative feelings. Once you get it out you should start to feel better.
Crying Lowers Stress: Tears remove chemicals that are build up in the body from stress. By suppressing your tears, you actually increase your stress levels which can contribute to ulcers, high blood pressure and heart problems.
Crying Improves Your Mood: Crying reduces manganese levels in the body which cause fatigue, anxiety, irritability, nervousness, fatigue, aggression and other negative emotions. When you cry, you rid yourself of manganese and improve your mood.
Tears Remove Toxins and Kill Bacteria: Did you know tears caused by emotional distress or grief contain more toxins than those caused by irritation (like chopping unions or getting sand in your eye)? This doesn’t mean that tears are toxic. It means that they remove these toxins from our body that are caused by stress. In addition, tears also contain lysozyme which can kill 90 to 95 percent of all bacteria in 5 to 10 minutes.
Tears Help Us See: Tears lubricate our eyeballs, eyelids, and prevent dehydration in various membranes in the eye. Without this type of lubrication, we wouldn’t be able to see here nor there or anywhere.
Crying Builds Relationships: Believe it or not, crying does have the power to bring people together. Most people can’t bare to see another person cry. Sometimes several people are crying about the same thing. If someone you know is willing to console you and approach you at your worst, they should be able to do the same at your best.
So next time you feel like you are going to cry, let it out. It’s perfectly natural and healthy for you.