Understanding Mental Health: Crying

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By Ella Thwaites, Mental Health Editor. | @ellathwaites_

There is a myriad of reasons for why we cry, whether it’s because we’re sad, stressed, happy, or overwhelmed, crying serves as a release of built-up emotion. When we cry toxins are released from the body and we let go of stress. Judith Orloff M.D. tells us that the body dispenses three different types of tears: reflex, continual, and emotional. Reflex tears clear out the eyes when they’re exposed to irritants, continuous tears lubricate our eyes, and emotional tears release stress hormones.

Tears can also be a big part of social bonding, as humans, we are conditioned to feel empathy when we see someone crying, subsequently this forms a connection between these people. Scientifically it’s extremely healthy to cry, releasing tears benefits our body in more ways than you can imagine. In other circumstances when our body exerts a lot of energy, we tend to feel tired. Therefore, with crying also, just the build-up of those tears is energy consuming, let alone the release of them which explains why we feel so tired after we cry. So if you have ever wondered why you feel exhausted after a good old-fashioned cry, this is why!

Crying is a positive experience for the body and the mind. It is a sign of strength and more than that is a natural instinct for humans. Your body needs to cry in order to release tension. Society may tell us that crying makes a person weak but on the contrary it’s incredibly beneficial for our health. So cry away, let your body release all that it needs to.

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