A Good Cry

cryingGrab some Kleenex and cry.  It’s good for you.

It’s perfectly okay to cry.  It’s not a weakness.  There are benefits to shedding those tears.

To confront your emotions and feelings is a way to move on in life.  Crying is a great release of stress, grief, anxiety, frustration, sadness, vulnerability and even a flush of bodily toxins.  I don’t know if you have paid much attention to how you feel after an emotional meltdown.  But if you have you must attest to experiencing a feeling of  being refreshed and renewed.

Crying is a great “purge” of all those pent up emotions that lead to symptoms of stress, fatigue, aches and pains and possible serious illness.  After a good cry our breathing and heart rate slow down and we enter a sense of calm.

Onion peeling tears and emotional tears are not the same.  Tears brought on by crying help to release those nasty cortisol raising chemicals also known as “STRESS HORMONES”.

When you are in an emotional tangle it is of utmost importance to allow yourself to express and release the tension.  Letting go with a good cry is beneficial to your health.  It’s kind of like taking the lid off of a pressure cooker.

William Shakespeare once said “To weep is to make less the depth of grief.”

A study performed at the University of Florida showed that crying is better than any antidepressant drug on the market.  88% of the people involved in this particular study became happier and in better spirits after a good cry.

There is a quote from Irving Washington who is the 19th century historian and author of great writing such as the story “Rip Van Winkle”.  He said “There is a sacredness in tears.  They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.   They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.  They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”

Speaking from experience, I always feel better after I cry.  When I am a bit stressed out dealing with my MS sometimes I hide in a corner and have a cry.  It feels stressful at the time but after the cry is over I actually feel uplifted and more optimistic.  It is definitely cleansing.

Here are a few interesting statistics from a study done by Dr. William H. Frey, PhD and director of the Alzheimer’s Research Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

His research shows that:

  • 85% of women and 73% of men felt less sad and angry after crying
  • On average, women cry 47 times a year, men cry 7 times a year
  • Crying bouts last 6 minutes on average
  • Tears are more often shed between 7 and 10 p.m.

Crying relieves stress, lowers blood pressure, removes toxins, reduces manganese and proves that you are a human being with emotions.

“Crying is the only way your eyes speak when your mouth can’t explain how things made your heart broken.”

“People cry, not because they are weak.  It’s because they have been strong for too long.”

GO AHEAD, CRY.  You will feel better.




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