Why It's Okay To Cry

Why It's Okay To Cry

And why it's not okay to tell people not to.

People are full of various emotions, and each person presents these emotions in different ways. Many of these emotions can be accompanied with tears, whether that be anger, sadness, happiness or pure bliss ... But just as everyone expresses emotions in different ways, everyone also cries over different reasons and in various increments. Some cry over the most simplistic life events while others cannot recall the last time they shed a tear. No matter how often you may feel the need to cry, understand that it is always okay to just let it all out.

Too often people tell others "don't cry." But this is a message that we should not be spreading to others. Crying is a way to let out any stresses that may be building up inside. Whether that be negative or positive, sometimes we just need to let these stressors out, and this may include through tears. When people are told not to cry, they in return bottle up all these stressors. When all those get to be too much, it can result in a mental breakdown that is a lot worse than if they would have let out the stressors when they first occurred. They continue to carry on this weight because they were told not to cry, and the weight soon becomes too much to carry. Therefore, if you need to cry to let out these stressors, then cry! Don't bottle it up until it becomes too much to handle.

Sometimes people cannot hold back their tears. When they begin to feel them coming, it is hard to make them stop. They begin to well up and your bodies natural response is to let them out, so do just that. Do not try to stop what your body is naturally trying to do. Your body knows that you are in distress, and therefore you should let your body do what it needs to do to destress. If this includes balling your eyes out, then let it happen. You will feel better in the end after a good cry.

Finally, your crying is not physically harming anybody. Yes, it can make other people feel sad and pity for you, but they need to realize that if you feel like you need to cry, then it is for the best that you do. And if you are someone that cries just because a puppy walked by you, then that's perfectly fine. This is just apart of your personality, and your personality is what makes you you.

The lesson here is if you feel the need to cry, then by all means let it out! Do not keep it bottled up until you finally explode. This can be detrimental to your mental health. If you feel the tears coming on, then let them spill over. Do not try to hold them back. And finally your tears are doing no physical harm to others; understand that everyone cries and it is okay.

So when you need to cry, cry! Don't let anyone tell you not to do so.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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