Five psychological reasons why it’s okay to cry.

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We all cry, indeed, crying too holds a special place in our good health. well there are psychological reasons why sometimes we have a good cry.

According to the internet crying is more than a symptom of sadness, as Vingerhoets and others are showing. It’s triggered by a range of feelings—from empathy and surprise to anger and grief—and unlike those butterflies that flap around invisibly when we’re in love, tears are a signal that others can see.

Research has found that in addition to being self-soothing, shedding emotional tears releases oxytocin and endorphins. These chemicals make people feel good and may also ease both physical and emotional pain. In this way, crying can help reduce pain and promote a sense of well-being.

1. Improves vision

Basal tears (The tear ducts constantly secrete basal tears, which are a protein-rich antibacterial liquid that help to keep the eyes moist every time a person blinks.) which are released every time a person blinks, help to keep the eyes moist and prevent mucous membranes from drying out.

As the National Eye Institute explains, the lubricating effect of basal tears helps people to see more clearly. When the membranes dry out, vision can become blurry.

2. Detoxifies the body

Emotional tears may have many health benefits. Whereas continuous tears contain 98 percent water, emotional tears contain stress hormones and other toxins. When humans cry in response to stress, their tears contain a number of stress hormones and other chemicals.

Researchers have theorized that crying flushes these things out of your system, though more research is needed in this area.

3. Boosts Communication

Crying can show what words cannot express, especially in a relationship. This is mostly seen when a person in the relationship is having a different reaction to a situation that isn’t transparent until tears begin to show.  April Masini, relationship expert and author, told Medical Daily in an email.

It is at the moment one person bursts into tears that the flow of the conversation shifts toward the emotional aspect the conversation was covering. Masini believes “The crying can quell a fight, emphasize a point not gotten across in words, or simply underscore the importance of the feelings behind the dialogue.”

4. It helps your body recover from trauma.

Your emotions and your hormones are intrinsically connected,” explains Tina B. Tessina, PhD, a psychotherapist and author of It Ends With You: Grow Up and Out of Dysfunction. “Emotional reactions to events send hormones coursing through your body, and crying is your body’s and mind’s way to re-balance after a physical or emotional shock.”

5. It allows you to be happy

We are meant for all emotions, not just the positive ones,” explains Erika Miley, M.Ed, LMHC, a mental and sexual health therapist in Spokane Valley, Washington. “Allowing yourself to be sad and cry means you are not numbing those emotions that you perceive as negative emotions. When we numb selective emotions, we are actually numbing all of them. Letting yourself  cry will help you to experience joy, happiness, and all of the other emotions we are meant for.”

When to seek help

If 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,” Chan says

To boost your mental health, focus on eating plenty of fruits and vegetables along with foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon. Dark green leafy vegetables in particular are brain protective. Nuts, seeds and legumes, such as beans and lentils, are also excellent brain foods.

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