Cry It Out, It’s Good for Your Health

Many of us, as an adult, often try to hold back our tears in the belief that crying—particularly at work or in public—is seen as a sign of weakness, or as something to be ashamed of. Is it so? Beside running the mascara, making your eyes puffy, is this act of shedding tears has other significant benefits for our health?

Studies found that crying activates the body in a healthy way. Many experts suggest their patients not to be ashamed to cry. Crying is normal, it purges negative energy and allows for new, positive energy to fill us up.

Even the Japanese have taken this belief to the next level. They have this “crying club” called rui-katsu (tear-seeking) where participants can come to watch tearjerkers to help the tears flow. They strongly believe that crying releases stress, and therefore is a great practice when it comes to staying mentally healthy.

We produce 10 ounces of tears per day and 30 gallons a year. These tears can either be basal tears, reflex tears, and tears produced by emotion. Emotional tears and tears caused by physical irritants (say, from copping an onion) are not the same. Emotional tears contain more mood-regulating manganese than the other types.

Okay, now let’s grab that tissue of yours and read the benefits of crying:

Let the tears stream down your face, it flushes out toxins

Not only mentally cleanse us, crying cleanse our body as well. Tears that are produced out of emotion help the body get rid of chemicals that raise cortisol, the stress hormone. Toxic substances are released from the body during the process of crying itself — exhaling, urinating, and sweating. Several chemicals present in emotional crying can also help reducing pain.

Shed those tears, it kills bacteria

Crying can also be a good way to kill bacteria. Tears contain the fluid lysozyme — can also be found in human milk, semen, mucus and saliva — that can kill 90 to 95 percent of all bacteria in just five to 10 minutes.

Weep, it improves your vision

Tears, made by the lacrimal gland, can clear up our vision by lubricating the eyeballs and eyelids. When the membranes of the eyes are dehydrated, our eyesight may become a little blurry. Tears bathe the surface of the eye, keeping it moist, and wash away dust and debris.

Let those tears flow, it elevates your mood

Crying can be self-soothing and improve our mood better than any antidepressant available in the market. A feeling of relief after crying washes out the negative feelings, stresses, and frustrations, thus recovers you mood.

Cry it out, it helps you deal with stress

Crying is the transformation of distress into something tangible, and that the process itself helps to reduce the feeling of trauma. Even if the circumstances still remain the same, crying is known to release stress hormones or toxins from the body, and as a result, reduces tension. Crying is a safe and effective way to deal with stress. A lot better than punching a wall.

Don’t hold back those tears, it helps you communicate better

Being vulnerable might be the best way to grow closer to another person. Don’t be afraid to reveal how you really feel by crying. Sometimes only tears can show what words cannot express.

Just cry, it strengthens you

In situations where words don’t suffice, sometimes the only thing you can do is hug someone you love and let the tears flow. Tears are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than words. It takes a powerful man or woman who has the strength and self awareness to cry.

Do you remember Hans Christian Andersen’s saying in The Little Mermaid? He said that “a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.” You cannot run and hide from how you feel forever, no matter how hard you try. Don’t pretend everything is okay when it isn’t. So, don’t hold back, just cry it out.


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