Crying is a healthy response……normally

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When we cry, a salty fluid comprising of protein, water, mucus and oil is released from the lacrimal gland in the upper, outer region of our eyes. This fluid, popularly known as tears, then flows down the surface of our eyes, across our faces and get noticed by others with reactions in some cases.

Types of tears…

Basal tears are ever-present in our eyes. They tear keep our eyes from drying out completely. The human body produces an average of 5 to 10 ounces of basal tears each day. They drain through the nasal cavity, which is the reason so many of us develop runny noses after a fit of uncontrollable sobbing or crying.

Crying is a human response to sorrow, frustration and loss in succession. It is termed as healthy. It is a natural remedy to reduce accumulated emotional distress that, if left unchecked, can have negative effects on the body, including increased risk of heart diseases.”

The second type is reflex tears, which serve to protect the human eye from harsh irritants such as smoke, onions or natural calamities. To achieve this the sensory nerves in your cornea communicate this irritation to your brain stem, which in turn sends hormones to the glands in the eyelids. These hormones cause the eyes to produce tears, effectively relieving them of the irritating substances.

The third type of tears is emotional tears. It all starts in the cerebrum[ in the brain] where sadness is registered. The endocrine system is then triggered to release hormones to the ocular area, which then causes tears to form. Emotional tears are common among people who suffer personal losses or experience sadness, sorrow, agony and pain around them

Is crying okay?

Cry for your own pain, not for others. Crying in movies and when listening to sad songs is a good way to let off some built-up emotions. Remember it’s okay to cry for yourself

Is it OK to cry every day?

There are people who cry everyday for no good reason, they are truly sad all the time. And if you are tearful everyday over doings that are normal in your activities of daily life[ADL], that may be depression. And that’s not normal. That needs a visit to your Doctor.

“Some researchers believe that emotional crying is the body’s way of clearing out these toxins and waste products. … The other chemical found in emotional tears is leucineenkephalin, an endorphin that reduces pain and works to improve mood. Endorphins are our body’s’ in-built system, and are released to fix our pain go away. Endorphins are a group of hormones secreted within the brain and nervous system and perform a number of physiological functions. They are peptides that activate the body’s opiate receptors, causing an analgesic effect and we feel better from the painful event on the anvil “

Crying make us feel physically and emotionally better:

Some scientists agree that chemicals build up in the body during times of elevated stress. These researchers believe that emotional crying is the body’s way of saying good bye to these toxins and waste products. The other chemical found in emotional tears is leucine-enkephalin, an endorphin that reduces pain and works to improve mood. It will not be out of place to mention that; many scientists point out that research in this area is very limited and should be further studied before any conclusion can be made.

Some people cry all the time and not feel better….

Crying is believed to be a natural body mechanism. It helps us to heal from the present-day loss and frustration. But, in case, we selfcriticize ourselves- during crying, -then healing does not happen in first attempt. One need to successfully cry that heart-break out of ones’ system. These people cry frequently, but not fully. That is why they never seem to heal from what’s hurting them.

Relationship break -a heartache:

When a break happens in a relationship, that has lasted longer, then one may need multiple crying sessions to process all the heartache. Do not criticize yourself and healing will be faster. A breakup do provide an opportunity to revisit earlier losses in our lives.

Are there any benefits to crying?

As per experts, emotional tears have special health benefits. You don’t want to hold tears back. Biochemist and “tear expert” Dr. William Frey at the Ramsey Medical Center in Minneapolis claim that reflex tears are 98% water, whereas emotional tears do contain stress relieving hormones which get excreted from the body through crying and make us feel better.

Why do I feel like crying for no reason?

Your emotions are your body’s natural coping mechanism. While it’s true that some emotions can be “irrationally caused,” when the feeling is there it’s because your body needs to do it to feel better. Crying normally helps. Holding back emotions is not good idea. Either cry in isolation or in front of those well wishers who value your sad moments and unflinchingly help you to wade out of this emotional quagmire.

Is crying a sign of weakness ?

No. Crying is a Sign of Strength, Not Weakness. Crying is the body’s way to not only reduce emotional stress but move ahead full throttle. Think of emotions as an invisible force moving through the body. People tend to think that just because they cannot see or feel their feelings, when they refuse to feel them, they simply go away. They are wrong.

Is crying for no reason a sign of depression?

You may have symptoms such as anxiety, worry, restlessness, and tension. Anxiety and depression often occur successively, even though they are two separate problems. Crying over nothing at all, or crying about small things that normally wouldn’t bother you, may be a sign of depression.

What happens to your body when you cry a lot?

When we cry, our bodies get rid of toxins — with emotional tears, there is a release of leucine-enkephalin, an endorphin that reduces pain and helps to improve your mood. This is a super important detox because it helps to reduce stress immediately.

A good cry option …

Like laughing Yoga, in Japan, some people have taken the notion of “a good cry” to the next level. They hold organized crying clubs where they watch sad movies and television shows and read tearinducing books.

Some people never cry….

Those people, may be, have the inability to feel physical pain. This is another genetic anomaly that can make a person less likely to cry. With an underdeveloped system of nerves for sensing injury, people with Congenital Insensitivity to Pain with Anhidrosis (CIPA) have a pain threshold high enough to ensure that tears flow never or very less often.

Follow these tips for a genuinely good cry…

• It is OK to cry for your own pain, not just for others.

• Crying in movies and when listening to sad songs is a better way to let off some built-up emotions. But this process will not be relieving your own hurt fully.

• No need to set a time limit on tears. Your heart will decide when enough is enough. Be patient.

• Say only kind words to yourself; When you cry. It helps

Bottomline

Strong emotions cause our brains to release chemicals that indirectly lead to teary eyes. A flow of tears not only shoots up the level of endorphins and natural chemicals within the body- relieving stress,- but also, they kick away toxins — making us feel healthier as usual.

Some people cry frequently, some do not. Some are crying daily; some never cry at all. Some cry daily as it is a habitual for them. Though they never seem to heal from what’s hurting them in the light of the fact that they do not process their feelings fully.

Crying is supposed to be good for you. Tears contain toxins, after all. And feel-good chemicals are released in the body whenever we cry tears of sadness. Mood-altering chemicals like prolactin, luteinizing hormone, testosterone, estrogen, and prostaglandins – in our bodyalso play a meaningful role in it

What is important for a blissful life ahead, is not to carry the albatross of painful events happened in the past. Why?

“A strong person moves ahead better, without the soring baggage, of the past.”

Prof. Surinder Kochhar (Shaun)
LPN, FCN, M.Com, CAIIB, DIM A freelance writer with 36 Years Exp. A Health Coach of University of Victoria

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