Do you ever get a good sob going and you are so into it that you can’t even remember the reason you started to cry in the first place?
How about when you let it all out, blow your nose, think you are finished and then start up again?
Then you are exhausted. Mentally and physically.
I had myself one of those good cries the other night. Nothing really bad happened it was just one thing leading to another and then a final straw that pushed me over the edge. My poor husband didn’t know what the heck happened. He did the right thing though. He just let me have my cry. There was really nothing he could do or say. It had to come out.
Then I had a little “cry hangover” the next morning. I woke up with the post-cry blues. There was a time when I would have beaten myself up for being so silly and then been mad at myself for not snapping out of it right away. Over the years I realized that it’s okay to have a good cry. Something was brewing inside and the tears needed to come out.
I believe a good cry every once in a while cleanses the mind and soul.
It also turns out that a good cry is physically beneficial too!
Crying reduces stress (of course) and toxins in our bodies.
Our tears contain something called lysozyme, a powerful and fast acting antibacterial and anti-viral agent. Without this, the eye, because it’s a moist environment, would suffer enormous amounts of bacterial attack and we could potentially go blind. Yikes!
Researchers have actually done scientific studies on tears and the benefits of crying. I found something called a “recovery theory”, that talks about emotional tears and their contents and says that they may be a way of getting the body back in balance after a stressful event. “I have suggested that we may feel better after crying because we are literally crying it out. Chemicals that build up during emotional stress may be removed in our tears when we cry,” says William Frey, professor of pharmaceutics at the University of Minnesota. “Because unalleviated stress can increase our risk for heart attack and damage certain areas of our brain, the human ability to cry has survival value.”
Oh my! Who knew?
So when you feel like having a cry. Do it!
You are not big baby.
You are not overreacting.
You are not crazy.
You are not selfish.
Crying is free (therapy).
There usually aren’t any side effects (a cry hangover goes away a lot quicker than a wine hangover)
It makes you feel better .
It allows you to release whatever you’ve been keeping inside.
It reduces stress.
It keeps your body healthy (and there’s no gym membership involved – unless you are already crying at the gym).
What have you got to lose?
If you feel a good cry coming on, just go with it. Let it all out.
If you need a “cry kick start” put on some music that brings you to that place,
grab some tissues, a cup of tea (yeah…wine’s just gonna make it worse) and let it out sister!
You’ll actually feel stronger and the world may seem a little clearer and brighter.
It might not be pretty but some times it’s all you need.
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