There is a natural body function that helps relieve stress, but unfortunately it is something you probably have been discouraged from doing. Just as perspiration is the natural body function to keep the body from overheating, crying is the natural bodily function to relieve stress and anxiety. Have a good cry.
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.” 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 of 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, basal tears, reflex tears and emotional tears
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.
Contain a similar make-up, and are produced as a reaction to irritants or foreign objects.
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 Relieves Stress
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.
Crying Can Clear the Mind
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.
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Stress can rob you of the joy you should be experiencing in life. Don’t let stress rob you. When you feel anxious or stressful, take a moment for quiet meditation. It can help you respond in a positive manner to the dynamic situations around you.
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