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Let it be crying: in the shower, letting the water mix with the tears and, together, do emotional cleansing; in the middle of nature, in a cozy corner or in the middle of a meadow, among the flowers. Under the sun, in the light of the moon or taking advantage of the rain. It is liberating, first of all. But not only that: crying, for the most part, is good for you.
Tears are healthy for anyone but, yes, let's face it, the propensity to produce them is more feminine: at least all the scientific studies available say so.
About thirty years ago William H. Frey, a biochemist, discovered that women cried (ranging from wet eyes to sobbing crying) on average 5,3 times a month, men 1,3 times. A study published in the 2011 Journal of Research in Personality confirms the old data.
And while there may be a biological reason why women cry more than men (testosterone can inhibit crying, while hormone prolactin can promote it), it is certainly true that crying is influenced by social and cultural rules.
A study conducted by Dianne Van Hemert pointed out that in countries that allow greater freedom of expression and social resources, such as in Chile, Sweden and the United States, while in others (Ghana, Nigeria and Nepal) the difference between men and women is much less marked. on the other hand, they only reported slightly higher tear rates for women (Cross-Cultural Research, 2011); those who live in richer situations or nations can cry more because culture allows it, while people who live in poverty and disadvantaged areas tend to do it less because it would be a behavior that is not in keeping with established social norms. Interesting isn't it?
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How and how much we cry also depends on our childhood: crying - as psychologist Judith Kay Nelson observed - can reflect attachment styles, we feel comfortable expressing our emotions, including tears. On the other hand, people with insecure attachment tend to cry more often while when the style is avoidant, a tendency to inhibit tears is more likely to be registered.
It is certain that crying is a social signal which can indicate a need for support and therefore has the function of attracting help or proximity behavior but is also, regardless, a moment of "emotional discharge" which has a long list of advantages. Let's see which ones.
Crying is a good way to self-regulate one's emotions, calm down, reduce one's anguish, tension, anger or any other strong, impacting emotion: it activates the parasympathetic nervous system and helps to relax.
It is probably in the practical experience of many but the confirmation also comes from research: emotional tears are accompanied by a release of oxytocin and endorphins, which relax, calm, make you feel better and even relieve physical pain (as well as emotional).
The tears of crying that arise as a liberating outlet in challenging, difficult, somewhat challenging situations are full of stress hormones and other related chemicals. Crying therefore - from the first available studies - would seem to be able to reduce the stress level of the moment.
A 2015 study found that crying can help babies sleep better; research has not yet explored the effect on adults but it is easy to imagine that the calming, positive mood moderating and pain relieving effects can help each person fall asleep more easily.
Yes, crying has an antibacterial and antimicrobial effect and keeps your eyes clean.
Tears keep the eyes moist and this helps to see better; otherwise the vision would become more blurred.
According to some researches, those who cry more often have fewer gastrointestinal and respiratory disorders than those who do not or do little: the emotions, discharged, do not "become body".
When we cry we can become more aware of our "weaknesses" and this allows us to face the issue, find a different and more appropriate perspective to the situations.
Sure we're talking about emotional tears: are occasional, one liberating discharge and so they make you feel better. If, on the other hand, they arise between the lashes at any time - or in any case often -; if the subsequent effect is not one of relaxation and calm; if, in short, they do not bring benefits, they could be a clear signal of a deeper discomfort: in that case it is certainly useful not to take tears lightly and seek help.
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