A number of my clients associate crying with weakness and avoid it at all costs. I am a firm believer that crying is helpful and our tears serve a great purpose. While tears will definitely not solve a problem, I for one definitely feel better after a good cry. That in itself is reason enough for me to let the tears flow when needed. I believe that crying is a way to purge emotions that are stuck, building and building until they are too large to contain any longer. Tears are our body’s way of telling us, ok, something’s got to go, let me help you clean house a little here.
There are actually several different types of tears, unique only in their chemical makeup and distinguishable by biochemists everywhere. When we cry because we’re sad, stressed or emotional, our tears contain several chemical components that our bodies produce when under stress. More amazingly (at least to me) a natural pain killer called leucine encephalin is found only in tears released when we feel emotionally overwhelmed. All of these chemicals are missing from tears that protect our eyes from dust and other foreign airborne dangers, and tears that are meant to lubricate our eyes to keep them moist and healthy. [i]Crying is a natural emotional response that can reduce stress, help us feel less emotional pain, and relax, literally PUSHING stress hormones out of our body’s one tear drop at a time.
Tears can be a sign of strength, authenticity and courage. They’re not to be avoided but embraced!
[i] Mann, N. (2011, August 17). The health benefits of crying. Retrieved June 24, 2015.