5 Reasons You Should Cry More
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

5 Reasons You Should Cry More

“What soap is for the body, tears are for the soul.” – Jewish Proverb

5 Reasons You Should Cry More

When was the last time you cried? Today, yesterday, or years ago? Hopefully not the latter. If you're like a lot of people on the planet and me, you hate to cry; but there are so many benefits to crying. I did some research and some introspection to compile this list of reasons you should cry more.

First, let's discuss why we cry in the first place. Tears, or lacrimation if you want to be fancy, are usually produced in a response of strong emotions like sadness, pleasure or happiness and can appear from yawning or laughing. Tears are also used to remove irritants to the eye. There are actually three types of tears, the first being basal tears located in the cornea to keep the eye lubricated and remove dirt from the eye. The second kind of tears is called reflex tears, and these do exactly what their title says. These tears get rid of irritants like onion vapors or pepper spray and can also become present from bright lights. The last type of tears are the ones this article is focused on — crying or weeping tears. Here are five reasons why you should start crying more often.

1. Crying is Not a Sign of Weakness

Let's start off by debunking that myth . We are all human (I hope) and we go through pain, no matter how tough you think you are–guys, I'm looking at you. It takes strong people to admit that they're in pain and crying can be a way of expressing feelings if words are at a loss. Once you accept you're going through a hard time; the stronger you'll come out of it. Drop the macho BS and just cry already.

2. Crying Relieves Stress

Don't you feel a little better after a good cry? I mean, you'll feel a little tired, but overall you should feel more calm. Tears have protein based hormones that help get rid of chemicals that increase cortisol levels, a hormone that induces stress. Especially for the college students who may read this, it is more than OK to cry. We are under a lot of pressure from ourselves, family, professor and society to do well and sometimes we can't live up to that. Balancing trying to become a responsible adult, relationships, work and school can take a toll on one's emotions. All that on top of thinking what the hell we want to do with the rest of our lives, who else wouldn't want to cry? If there is ever a time in your life to cry, now is definitely a good time to start.

3. Crying is a Natural Detox

All those other weird diet/detox programs that you think help your body are just a bunch of baloney. Tears are readily available to you! It just takes the right stimulus and when you've found it, the chemicals in tears will flush out toxins in your system, leaving you refreshed. I would rather cry than eat some weird food for two weeks.

4. Crying Can Get Creative Juices Flowing

Personally, some of my best work, creative or academic, has come from my tears. Crying helps unlock bottled up emotions and helps you focus in on what you're feeling. If you're a writer like me, connecting with the reader and making them evoke strong emotions means that you did your job well. Some of the world's best work has come from personal experiences and just the raw truth.

5. Crying Helps You Move On

As we all know, something in our lives is going to make us feel like crap. Whether it is work, relationships, family, etc. you are allowed to be emotional about it. Once you address what is causing you pain, you can deal with it head on through crying and finally putting your heart and head at ease, slowly but surely.

I don't know about you, but those five reasons sound like a pretty healthy way to deal with emotions. I totally understand, crying sucks. Your eyes get all red and puffy, you may not be able to breathe and you may produce an ugly crying face like Kim Kardashian's (sorry not sorry) but in the end, you'll feel better even if it is for a little while. Don't be afraid to get in touch with your emotions. Trust me, I'm learning how to do so also. Crying is natural, and a blessing that has been given to us to self-console; utilize it and don't feel weak or apologize.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments