Crying is a natural response humans have to a range of emotions, including sadness, grief, joy, and frustration. But have you ever wondered if bawling your eyes out has any health benefits, because I certainly have.
Research has found that in addition to being self-soothing, shedding emotional tears releases oxytocin and endorphins. These chemicals make people feel good and also help ease both physical and emotional pain. So it wouldn’t be wrong to say that crying helps reduce pain and promotes a sense of well-being.
As humans, we produce three types of tears. Our tear ducts constantly secrete basal tears, which are a protein-rich antibacterial liquid that help to keep the eyes moist every time we blink our eyes. Reflex tears on the other hand are triggered by irritants such as wind, smoke, or onions. These tears are released to flush out irritants and protect the eye. Humans also shed emotional tears in response to a range of emotions. These tears contain a higher level of stress hormones than other types of tears.
Crying is not only a human response to sorrow and frustration, it’s also a healthy one. It is a natural way to reduce stress that, if left unchecked, can have negative physical effects on the body, including increased risk of cardiovascular disease and other stress-related disorders.
Crying works as a catharsis, to purge us of our feelings through emotional release. When you cry, you can let go of the tension and sadness and other emotions that have been causing you pain. This is why we often feel better after a good cry.
When we cry we relieve our body of toxins and hormones that contribute to elevated stress levels and this in turn can lower our blood pressure. This is also why we tend to sleep better after. crying
If however you find yourself crying all the time or for no real reason, then it might indicate a serious underlying problem, such as depression. Crying continuously because you feel helpless or overwhelmingly sad, or crying without knowing why you’re crying, is not healthy and if you fall into this category, you should speak to your medical practitioner.