A lot of the time, we view crying as something negative, shameful. or weak. However, there are actually a lot of benefits to crying, especially if you do it the right way! Here are some benefits of crying and some tips on how to do the best way possible.
Benefits of Crying
Crying Releases Stress
Our ability to cry may actually help us survive. Chronic stress can increase the risk of heart attack, brain damage, digestive issues, headaches and migraines and more. Luckily, crying helps us release some of our stress and provide a temporary release.
Crying Releases Toxins
Our emotional tears contain stress hormones and other chemicals related to stress. This leads researchers to believe that crying reduces the levels of these chemicals in the body, which, in turn, reduces our stress.
Crying Can Help Heal Trauma
Sometimes we cry unexpectedly or out of the blue. However, there is normally some sort of trigger that causes a crying episode. If you find yourself crying unexpectedly or to something uneventful, try reflecting on that moment. These moments can be a valuable clue that you have some sort of underlying pain that can be worked though with a loved one or mental health professional. Reflecting on what makes you cry can influence growth and self-awareness!
Crying Lowers Blood Pressure
Crying has been found to lower blood pressure and pulse rate immediately following therapy sessions during which patients cried and vented. Similar to chronic stress, high blood pressure can damage the heart and blood vessels and contribute to stroke or even dementia.
When Crying Is Bad
Excessive or Frequent Crying
If crying is happening excessively or frequently, it could be a sign that the person needs additional help and should talk to a loved one or trained professional. Excessive and frequent crying can also be a warning sign of depression and anxiety which can require professional help.
Tips For A Good Cry
Find a Safe Space
Find a place where you feel secure enough to let your guard down. Although there’s nothing wrong with crying in public, you’re probably not ready to cry your heart out in front of strangers.
Cry Over the Little Things
While a lot of people cry because of a loss, big change, or stressful event, it’s also okay to cry over the little things. You can cry about anything that triggers you, no matter how small
Accept Your Emotions
It is important that you accept and acknowledge your emotions before, during, and after you cry. Don’t beat yourself up about crying or tell yourself that you are unstable or weak. If you happen to cry in front of somebody, don’t apologize! You deserve to have a good cry without guilt, shame, or pity.
Cry Out Loud
If you are going to cry do it loud! Wail as loud as you can and don’t suppress anything. A good place to do this can be in the shower.
Don’t forget to take time to breathe while you are crying. A good cry can disrupt breathing patters or lead to hyperventilation. One of the simplest breathing techniques is the Box Breathing Technique.
Don’t Set A Time Limit
Most people will cry for about 5 minutes. However, it is okay if you cry for more or less than that. Don’t restrain or limit yourself. But if your tears dry up after a few minutes, don’t try to dig for more.
Drink Some Water
Drinking water is always beneficial but especially after you had a good cry. Crying can dehydrate you so getting a glass of water afterwards will help keep headaches away and put you in a better mood.