Have A Good Cry | What Relieves Stress

Cry | Crying Relieves Stress | Natural Stress Relief

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eye shaped like a tear drop
There is a natural body function that helps relieve stress,
but unfortunately it is something you probably have been
discouraged to do. Just as perspiration is the natural body
function to keep you from overheating, crying is the natural
body function to relieve stress, anxiety, and other emotional
build-ups. You should allow yourself to cry.  

From very young ages most of us are told
not to cry. Don’t
you cry! You stop that crying right now.
A Good Cry
Some people feel that when you cry you’re considered weak. In some cultures
it’s considered undignified, but crying is a natural stress reliever.

Sometimes you are given no choice. Your body overrides any effort to
suppress the urge to cry. When you hold back your tears, you only amplify the
emotions or stress your body is trying to release through crying.

A study by the University of Minnesota discovered that the chemicals that build
up in your body during emotional stress can be removed in your tears, and
unreleased stress can increase your risk for heart attack and damage certain
areas of your brain. So your human ability to cry is not only therapeutic, but
could even be considered a survival tactic. So have a good cry.

Yes, there are times when it’s acceptable to cry. You can cry tears of joy, right?
You can cry at weddings, graduations or births. You can even cry when you
laugh. So why should you stuff down the tears when you really need to let them
out? When you are emotionally stressed, sad, in physical pain or depressed.
Natural stress relief is really the best of all options. Have a good cry.

Types of Tears
There are three types of tears produced by the lachrymal gland in the eye.

Continuous or basal tears:
Keep the eye surface permanently moist and protected and contain water,
lipids or fats, proteins, and compounds that protect against infection.

Reflex tears:
Contain a similar make-up, and are produced as a reaction to irritants or
foreign objects.

Emotional tears:
Have a different make-up, and include enkephalin, an endorphin and natural
painkiller.

    "Emotional tears contain higher concentrations of proteins, manganese,
    and the hormone prolactin which is produced during stress-induced
    danger or arousal,'' Dr. Carrie Lane of the University of Texas.

Women have more leeway than men to cry. It’s not quite fair, but it’s true.  
Women can usually release tears much more easily than men because it’s
accepted. Men rarely consider it acceptable for themselves or other men to cry.
Most men don't even consider crying an option, but they should put down that
armor and allow themselves to cry.

Crying is a great form of stress relief when you really let it out. When you let
the tears well-up in your eyes and roll down your cheeks, or when you just
break into a full-on sob. You should allow yourself to cry.

Pick a place where you won’t be disturbed, and have a good cry.  Of course
you may experience the side effects of crying; puffy eyes, runny nose. Just
remember to use a cold compress to control the swelling around your eyes. A
cold face-cloth pressed against your eyes is good enough. If you don't use a
cold compress, your eyes could remain swollen for hours.

After a thorough cry you will feel better. A study by the University of South
Florida found that almost everyone feels better after a cry, and that personality
has a major effect on how often we cry. An overwhelming majority of
participants reported mood improvement after crying.

Sometimes crying helps to clear the mind, and may even help you think things
through a little more clearly than you would if you hold those stressful emotions
inside. We all know that emotional decisions tend to be riddled with difficulty.  

When I was a kid, my Mother use to say, “Cry, cry harder. Come on, you can
do better than that.” Of course her egging would only make me and my siblings
more upset, and we would cry harder. But when we stopped crying, we would
feel relieved of the emotions that made us cry in the first place and we moved
on.

Crying may not be the answer to everyone’s stress, but the latest research
suggests it's highly effective at encouraging the body to heal, and it improves
the mood of 88.8% of those who weep. Only 8.4% of the subjects reported
feeling worse after crying. Researchers suggest that crying is so beneficial that
there may be a case for inducing crying in those who find it difficult to let go.

Sure there are other ways to relief stress naturally; exercise, sex, sleep,
massage, baths, but don’t deprive yourself of a good cry.

Go on, let it out.  Have a good cry.
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