Crying is generally seen as sign of weakness and a reaction to sorrow or anger. However, turns out that crying is actually good for you! According to neuroscientist and tear researcher Dr. William H. Frey II, PhD, “crying is not only a human response to sorrow and frustration, it’s a healthy one. Crying is one of the best and most natural ways to de-stress. If left unchecked, it negatively affects the body by increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease. It has been scientifically shown that up to 85% of women and 73% of men feel less sad and angry after crying. While people believe that crying makes them weak, it represents the opposite in reality.
HERE ARE 5 REASONS WHY CRYING A LOT MEANS YOU’RE MENTALLY TOUGH:
1. YOU MEET YOUR EMOTIONS HEAD ON
When you release negative emotions, it means that you aren’t running from them. You look directly in their eyes and let them take you over. Facing them means that you don’t dwell on them for too long. Crying doesn’t mean you are not able to handle life, rather that you are able to deal with virtually anything that comes on your way. If you must cry, do it! Get rid of the negative vibes without feeling apologetic or ashamed about it.
2. YOU DON’T CARE WHAT OTHERS THINK ABOUT YOU
It takes a lot of courage to show your vulnerable side to others. We live in a world where we are discouraged from showing our emotions as this will make us less productive. Crying means overcoming these societal norms and realizing that showing emotions is a normal thing. It means that you have rise above the social norms and decided to neglect others` opinion about you.
3. YOU KNOW THAT CRYING HELPS YOU RELEASE PENT UP FEELINGS
Suppressing emotions leads to huge uncontrollable eruption of emotions in the end, which means an emotional breakdown or a huge fight with someone in order to take out all of the anger and frustration. Needless to say, this causes an emotional damage in the long term. The good news is that crying keeps the nervous system under control and helps you release the pent up feelings that could be detrimental in the long run.
4. YOU KNOW THAT CRYING MAKES YOU HEALTHIER OVERALL
Crying provides a wide range of benefits beyond emotional ones. For instance, it relieves stress and anxiety by releasing feel-good hormones; lubricates the eyes and prevents dehydration; kills of bacteria and removes detrimental toxins from the body, and many more.
5. YOU HELP OTHERS FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE EXPRESSING THEMSELVES
Last but not least, by crying you actually help others feel more comfortable expressing themselves. By showing your vulnerable side, you both liberate yourself and help others feel good doing the same. Most people tend to hide their emotions out of fear or shame. However, turns out that crying in front of other people when you need to actually contributes to more free , healthy, and authentic society.