Crying is a common phenomenon especially in response to emotions. However, people who cry are often dismissed as weak and unable to cope with their emotions. As a matter of fact, many are reinforced not to cry when faced with emotional distress. It is about time this comes to an end especially in a day and age where mental and emotional health issues are prevailing because crying has a lot to do with it. Crying is not a sign of weakness and here are 4 reasons why you should cry.
Crying is a sign of humanity
Crying is the most basic sign of humanity. Research shows that while most animal’s eyes are moistened by tears to help soothe its eye, human beings are the only living mammal (debatable) that tears in response to emotion. Nevertheless, we cry the minute we are born into this world. It is also a doctor’s way of identifying if the baby is healthy.
Crying releases stress
Crying is a sign of being overwhelmed. The feeling of being overwhelmed can be a stressful experience to the human health. Neuroscientist, William H. Frey II in his study reveals that crying helps remove chemicals that build up during stress. Tears possess a hormone known as adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). ACTH is a form of stress hormone. Crying flushes out ACTH from your body. You will also find that after a good cry session, you think a lot more rationally and whatever that has been bugging you earlier tends to seem more manageable.
Crying embraces emotions
Crying is not reserved for just a single emotion. Some cry when they are sad, some cry when they are ecstatic, some when they are embarrassed or hurt, some even when they are angry. Ultimately, crying is embracing your emotions. Research found that women cry an average of 5.3 times a month while men, 1.3 times a month. Nevertheless, the statement should not be reason for men to cry less and women to cry more. Gender aside, crying shows that you are comfortable with your emotions. In fact, crying influences others to be comfortable with their emotions as well. In fact in the UK and Japan, they have “crying clubs”. Look it up!
Crying cleans your eyes
Tears keep your eyes moisturized so that you can see clearly while removing unwanted dust. Lysozyme, an enzyme contained in tears possesses antibacterial and antiviral properties. Tears also contains glucose that helps nourish eye surface and the inside of the eyelids.
The next time you feel tears welling up, do not hold back!
Kiirtaara is a proud 24 year old Malaysian from the small town of Ipoh. She is a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) graduate and is currently a part-time freelance writer with a full time job. She is also a huge mental-health enthusiast and avid animal lover.