Crying shouldn’t make you feel ashamed because it’s something normal and it happens to everyone. It doesn’t matter the reason why you’re crying, but you should know that this process is actually good for you. When you’re crying, you remove the hormones and toxins that were gathered when you were stressed. Also, crying cleanses your body from all the negative feelings. But these are not the only advantages of shedding a tear. There are more.
- It makes relationships stronger
Sometimes, we can’t express our feelings, or we don’t want to talk about them. People grow apart because of lack of communication. If someone is crying, you instantly think that there is something wrong, and you try to talk or comfort that person.
- You will feel relieved
When you are crying, you release all the negative energy and tension from your mind and body. Crying has cathartic effects, so you will feel a little bit better after you’ve expressed yourself.
- Improves the immune system and kills bacteria
Lysozymes are part of tears, and they are enzymes that have antiviral, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Therefore, they have the ability to destroy the bacteria, but also to protect the outer and inner areas of the eyes. Moreover, lysozymes can kill 90%-95 % of the bacteria in a couple of minutes, and they can prevent the infections and illness of the eyes.
- Keeps the nose moisturized
Besides eliminating bacteria from eyes, tears remove the bacteria from the nose too. How? When you’re crying, the tears pass through the nasolacrimal ducts and they get in the nasal passage. Here, they form a composition with the mucus that helps in clearing the dirt and killing the bacteria.
- Removes toxins
When you’re stressed, your body produces a hormone called cortisol. In addition, your body produces chemicals and toxins like proteins prolactin and adrenocorticotropic hormones. When you’re crying, you eliminate all these hormones. Also, crying produces an endorphin called leucine-encephalin that can be considered as a natural analgesic for the body.
- Helps you deal with stress
The production of cortisol is triggered by stress, so that’s why it’s indicated whenever you feel stressed, so you can eliminate this hormone. As we’ve seen before, tears eliminate adrenocorticotropic hormone, a chemical that increases the production of cortisol. It’s necessary to cry when you’re stressed so you can prevent a brain damage or a heart attack.
- It boosts your mood
When you’re crying, your body produces endorphins, and this can make you feel good after you will finish sobbing. As a result of crying, you will sleep better because it has a calming effect.
- It improves your vision
According to the National Eye Institute, weeping maintains the mucous membranes in the eyes lubricated and hydrated. Therefore, if you have your eyelids and eyeballs hydrated and lubricated, you will have a cleaner vision. Additionally, the antibacterial and antiviral enzymes from the tears protect the cells from inside and outside the eyes.
Now that you’ve seen the importance of crying, don’t hold back the tears next time you will watch a sad movie.