Get it out… get it allllll out.
Crying is awful, especially when you didn’t want those salty tears to roll down your cheeks, your voice to catch and snot running out of your nose like a baby. Oh, and the cracking headache and puffy eyes after a big cryfest are terrible, too. But not crying can be just as bad for you, mentally and emotionally. Here’s why it’s a good idea to put on some sad music and bawl into a pillow once in a while.
It relieves stress
This is true on a physical and an emotional level. Bottling things up might be alright for a long time, but eventually all that stress inside you is going to explode. Taking the time to just… feel your feelings can be a great way to heave out all that stress before dusting yourself off and having another run at the world. There’s also a chemical side to this, apparently, but we couldn’t read about it through the floods of tears. Something about “manganese levels”.
It’ll make you feel better… after a little while
Immediately after you wipe up all those tears with a tissue, you’ll feel awful. That’s true if you’re watching a sad movie or crying over the end of a relationship. But give it 20-90 minutes and you’ll feel better because you got it all out. (Obviously you’re likely to have more than one round of tears at the end of a relationship. But you get what we’re saying. It’s better to cry it out in stages than push it all down inside.)
It dulls the pain
Crying also releases endorphins, which means it’ll numb someof that pain you’re feeling. In the best scenarios, it might also bring on asense of calm. Don’t bet on this, but the pain-dulling thing is totally true.
Now, when we talk about the health benefits of crying, it’simportant to mention that if you’re bursting into tears all the time – especiallyover minor things – that’s not a good sign. If you feel like you’re crying excessively,or feeling related symptoms of depression, you should talk to your GP orsomeone you trust.
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