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Oct 10, 2018

Why Crying A Lot Means You’re Mentally Tough

In our culture, people crying is a sign of weakness. Crying, as it turns out, is actually rather good for you. According to Dr. William H. Frey II, PhD:
“Crying is not only a human response to sorrow and frustration, it’s a healthy one.
Crying is a natural way to reduce emotional stress that, left unchecked, has negative physical affects on the body, including increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and other stress-related disorders.”

So how is it that crying shows our strength?

1. You realize that crying is beneficial to your overall health.

In addition to emotional benefits, crying offers plenty of other benefits. For example, it lowers manganese levels, which can use excessive stress and anxiety if too much builds up in your system, while also encouraging the release of feel-good hormones. In addition, tears are needed to see clearly because they help lubricate your eyes and stop dehydration. Finally, crying helps flush harmful toxins and bacteria from your body.

2. You know that crying allows you to confront your emotions.

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.

3. You understand that crying is crucial for releasing 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 aren’t concerned with 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.

5. You help others better understand the importance of expressing themselves

Only a person who is truly mentally strong has the power to help others free themselves from the worry about what other people may think about them. Not only does crying liberate you, but it makes those around you comfortable enough to do the same. Showing your emotions and crying in front of others is the perfect way to contribute to a society that is healthy, free, and authentic.

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