Nobody likes to be seen crying. In our society, crying is seen to be weak and expected from one gender alone; women. A man seen to be crying is seen to be as too vulnerable, broken down and weak but it shouldn’t be seen that way. Crying has a lot of benefits especially, health-wise. Keep reading to find out more.
1. Improves our vision
Our bodies require water to keep us going and to help us stay hydrated. Our eyes aren’t much different from the rest of our bodies; they too, need water to stay hydrated. When we cry we are really helping to re-hydrate our eyes which can help increase our ability to focus our eyes and improve our overall vision.
2. Lowers blood pressure
Crying has been found to lower blood pressure and pulse rate immediately following therapy sessions during which patients cried and vented. High blood pressure can damage the heart and blood vessels.
3. Tears remove toxins
Tears help humans eliminate stress hormones like cortisol that build up during times of emotional turmoil and can wreak havoc on the body. Crying is both a physical and emotional release that helps humans start over with a blank slate.
4. Helps clean our noses
Very few people realize it, but our tear ducts are actually connected to the insides of our nose. This means, when we cry, we get the same benefit of flushing out bacteria and irritants from our noses as we do with our eyes.
5. It improves your mood
Have you ever noticed that you generally feel much better after you’ve had a good cry? There’s a reason for that. When we cry we are actually relieving our body of countless toxins and hormones that contribute to elevated stress levels. This in turn can help individuals to sleep better, strengthen their immune systems, and avoid gaining weight. By lowering our stress levels, crying may also help lower our blood pressure.
Next time you’re in your room alone and you feel the tears coming, let it flow. Don’t hold back. You’re actually doing your body a favour.
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