Have you ever had “just one of those days” where everything seems to be going wrong and you just want to cry?
I have those days every once in a while, and I am pretty accepting of them. As I mentioned in an earlier post, feelings are visitors that come and go. Darkness gives way to light eventually, always.
On those “down” days, I’m trying to be more open to a new stress-reduction tactic: CRYING.
I hate crying. My face gets all red and puffy. My nose gets stuffy, and there is always so many boogers and snot. When I really let the tears flow, I can even give myself a headache. Yet, I recently learned of some interesting benefits to crying.
Emotional tears have special health benefits. Biochemist and “tear expert” Dr. William Frey, at the Ramsey Medical Center in Minneapolis, discovered that reflex tears are 98% water, whereas emotional tears also contain stress hormones that get excreted from the body through crying. After studying the composition of tears, Dr. Frey found that emotional tears shed these hormones and other toxins that accumulate during stress. Additional studies also suggest that crying stimulates the production of endorphins, our body’s natural pain killer and “feel-good” hormones.”psychologytoday.com
Crying is actually really good for you! I had no idea. You literally “get it all out of your system” when you cry, both literally and figuratively.
When you do a simple Google search on the “benefits of crying,” there are so many results—one news story even claims that crying can help you lose weight!
This article from CNN from July 2020 addresses how many of us are hesitant to cry, especially in public; the effect of pent-up emotions on our minds and bodies; why we cry; and how important it is to do so, especially during the current pandemic.
So if you’re having “one of those days,” I hope you know it’s OK, and maybe you can have a good cry to help you make it through.
(If you’re having any trouble whipping up tears of your own, I highly recommend the 1989 movie Steel Magnolias. I could cry for Shelby right now!)