How Crying Is Good for You
- It Relieves Stress
Chronic stress can increase the risk of heart attack, damage certain areas of the brain, contribute to digestive issues like ulcers, and cause tension headaches and migraines, among other health issues. “Humans’ ability to cry has survival value,” Frey emphasizes. While crying may not be as effective as respite care, most family caregivers could use a bit of stress relief.
- Crying Lowers Blood Pressure
Crying has been found to lower blood pressure and pulse rate immediately following therapy sessions during which patients cried and vented. High blood pressure can damage your heart and blood vessels and contribute to stroke, heart failure and even dementia.
- Tears Remove Toxins
In addition, Frey says crying actually removes toxins from the body. Tears help humans eliminate chemicals like cortisol that build up during emotional stress and can wreak havoc on the body. Crying is both a physical and emotional release that helps humans start over with a blank slate.
- It Reduces Manganese
The simple act of crying also reduces the body’s manganese level, a mineral which affects mood and is found in significantly greater concentrations in tears than in blood serum. Elevated levels can be associated with anxiety, irritability and aggression.
- Embrace Your Emotions and Humanity
While the eyes of all mammals are moistened and soothed by tears, only human beings shed tears in response to emotional stress. Crying acknowledges the feelings you’re experiencing, and emotions motivate us to empathize, coordinate and work as a unit to best survive. In fact, crying serves an important social function. It helps communicate the strength and nature of relationships, elicit sympathy and draw individuals closer to one another.
The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed and fighting back tears, do yourself a favor and keep these points in mind. Finding a quiet place to decompress or a supportive shoulder to cry on might be exactly what you need. I would never date a woman that cannot cry. IF I had to choose between a woman that cries all the time and a woman that doesn’t cry at all, I would just have to buy a bunch of handkerchiefs.