Crying is a very normal and human thing to do. It is like any other natural reaction of the body, a mechanism designed to help you. But there is a negative societal construct against crying or public display of emotion in general. This makes the very act of crying out deigned as a sign of weakness, immaturity and falseness. People generally look down upon those who dare to express themselves emotionally. But crying is actually a sign of strength, bravery and genuineness. There are many reasons as to why you should be enthusiastic about crying. Yes! Enthusiastic. Because crying literally strengthens you and helps you overcome difficult situations. To not cry is not a very wise move and it doesn’t make you any braver despite what people have been telling you from since forever. In fact you might be doing yourself a lot of harm instead. Here are a few reasons to never hesitate to show your feelings in any situation if you find it necessary to do so.
10. Toxin Removal
Crying helps to release toxins from the body just like the flushing of toxins through bodily fluids like sweat ad urine. While different kinds of tears have different chemical makeup, emotional tears help to purge the body of unwanted toxins. Emotional tears generally have the proteins prolactin, adrenocorticotropin and the endorphin leucine-enkephalin which is a natural painkiller. The tears released help to flush out unwanted toxins that accumulate in the body during high stress periods whose accumulation might end up harming the person.
9. Eye Cleanser
Tears are part of a bodily mechanism to cleanse the eyes. Eyes being a very integral and sensitive part of the human body, needs to be protected from any sort of potential harm. The basal tears or the continuous tears helps to keep the eyes lubricated barring which our eyes may end up being dehydrated causing blurred and foggy vision. Tears have the enzyme lysozyme which is very efficient in killing bacteria and microbes that enter the eyes. The enzyme kills bacteria by dissolving their strong protective outer wall and breaking it down.This renders them harmless before they can cause any serious damage. They also help keep the various mucous membranes hydrated. Tears have such strong anti-microbial properties that they can prevent intentional contamination of anthrax.
8. Improves vision
As mentioned in the earlier point, tears help to keep the eye lubricated and clears up the vision. Tears produced by the lacrimal gland help to rid the eyes of dust and debris. You may have noticed how you tear up in places with high pollution and dust. This is because tears help to remove pollutants and other such particles from the eyes. Our vision always seems better after a good cry doesn’t it? Tears are also released into the nose through the tear duct and helps to keep the nose moist and bacteria free.
7. Stress Release
Tears actually help relieve stress. This is because emotional tears are responsible for the release of the stress hormone cortisol produced in the body. Ejection of this hormone through tears makes people feel better. A good cry has been known to help people feel better even when the problems still persist and the reasons for crying is still relevant. The body produces cortisol when under stress. Release of cortisol through tears saves the body from the various harmful effects it would induce in the body. Some of the most common side effects of cortisol would include stress eating which would in turn lead to diseases like Type-II diabetes and cholesterol. A good cry would therefore end up doing the body a whole lot of good.
6. Helps to overcome grief
Tears have cathartic effect. They help you physiologically, psychologically and spiritually. If you let out all your feelings, chances are high that you have better chances of surviving the grief. The grief doesn’t always get better with time. But as long as you are bottling up your feelings, it is going to physically harm and mentally stall you. Though public display of such emotions are looked down upon, crying is actually effective in letting out the sorrow and helps you deal with the loss better.
5. Makes you Stronger
Ever heard ‘What doesn’t kill you just makes you stronger’. This is exactly what we are talking about. Having the strength to actually express your feelings takes a lot of courage. And once you are done with that you realize that you are at a far better place than you were before and better equipped to deal with situations. Crying gets out all the potential havoc causing emotional imbalances in the body and literally makes you stronger. If all this doesn’t convince you then the selling point should be that in order to express yourselves you need a higher emotional quotient. And these days hotshot employers actually look out for candidates with a high EQ. Take out those tissues already!
4. Endorphin Release
Crying releases endorphins into the body. These are the feel good hormones released in the body that make us feel really great. Once all the stress hormones and chemical imbalances in the body are released through tears, our body rewards us with these endorphins. Remember how we would feel way better after having a long emotional downpour? Endorphins are responsible for that. According to a study conducted by the University of Florida, crying is effective than most antidepressants available. On conducting a survey, it was found that 88.8% people felt better after crying. Well these results should remind you to cry more often, of course just when necessary. Otherwise you might end up being the creepy colleague. Let me remind you though, if you find yourself crying unnecessarily and way more frequently than you would like to admit, get yourself checked up as it might be possible that you are under clinical depression.
3. Helps you move on
This is probably something that we all might have experienced to varying degrees at some point. Crying helps you to move forward in life. It helps you overcome your loss way more quickly than if you were pretending that all was fine even when you were falling apart. After a good cry, you usually get your priorities straight. Well almost. But crying has been proven to help people get on and over their problems. A good cry and a good sleep later, you figure out the basics and understand about the stuff that matters the most. This can help you with your future endeavors. And how much ever impossible it may seem in the beginning, you find ways to make things work and you survive and you ace the stuff you do.
2. Makes you more creative
The more you feel, the more potential you have to create. People who cry a lot, even at things that may seem very silly to you, feel a great deal of emotions. Such strong emotions are usually felt by artists, poets, writers and other such people engaged in the creative arts. Not that people who aren’t artists are heartless or emotionless, but these people can actually create something coherent with their emotions. And even if you do not create, the very fact that you experience emotions makes you more human with the ability to empathize and sympathize. The more you see around you, the more you might want to bring it to something more tangible like paper, canvas, wood or anything at all.
1. Helps you connect
There are always going to be people who leave when you start showing signs of emotional vulnerability. These are people that you are better-off without. Crying means you are actually expressing your vulnerability in front of a person or a group of people. While some may wave you off as weak, others actually extend a hand to help you or just simply stand by you. People tend to feel you have taken them into your confidence and thereby start trusting you more and it really helps to connect with people. Despite popular belief, humans are not monsters waiting to take advantage of your weakness all the time. They are a capable species of higher intelligence who can handle an emotional breakdown. Crying is a great bonding factor in relationships between people as opposed to arguments and silence which can usually cause miscommunication.