For most of us, crying is something we associate with being either sad, angry, happy or in a fit of laughter — it’s all caused by emotions or circumstances.
But, is there more to crying than meets the watery eye? It appears that crying can actually be good for your health — and not just because it gives you an emotional release.
Women are definitely ahead here — on average, we cry 47 times a year and men only seven, according to Netdoctor.
However, if the research below is anything to go by, we should all — both women and men — be letting the waterworks pour once in a while.
1. Stress and tension.
As we touched on above, we can’t ignore how relieving a good cry can be. It helps us to reduce anxiety levels, stress and tension and clear our minds. The longer we retain emotion, the more likely we are to, at some point, boil over.
According to Netdoctor, 88.8% of people feel better after crying — just 8.4% feel worse.
2. It makes you happier.
Crying and feeling sad when your situation calls for it is important, allowing us to feel every emotion in its raw form. This means we can really appreciate it when we are happy and enjoy a good laugh when something amuses us. Every time we break down, cry and pull ourselves back together, we reassure ourselves that we are strong enough to do so.
3. Removes toxins.
As with most liquids that come out of our bodies, tears help to get rid of toxins. When we cry, our tears take away some of the chemicals that build up during emotional stress.
4. It can clear your nose.
Tears travel through a tear duct and through the nasal passage where they come into contact with mucus. If there is a build up of mucus here, the tears can loosen it and help flush out your nose. Ever wondered why you get so snotty when you cry?
5. Lower blood pressure.
Studies have found that crying can lower blood pressure and heart rate. This effect was seen on people who had gone through intense therapy sessions during which they they had cried a lot.
6. Clean your eyes.
Our eyeballs need constant lubrication to protect them from dust and bacteria. If our eyes come into contact with these, they start to water and create their own anti-bacterial tears to wash them away.
Source: Good Housekeeping UK