5 Practical Ways To Stop Angry Tears

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Being a crier can be very annoying at times especially when arguing. You don’t want to cry but for some reason, your eyes didn’t get the memo.

Confrontations can be very hard to navigate too because once someone says something that hurts, the dam will break and the tears will start flowing.

It always feels like you’ve overreacted a bit when you cry but… it’s really not your fault.

First thing you should remember is that tears aren’t finely tuned to our specific emotions. So, although we tend to think of crying as a reaction to sadness or grief, our brains and tear ducts can’t differentiate between our specific emotions. That’s why you might have the same crying reaction to being mad, stressed, super happy, or sad. (Source: refinery29.com)

Here are some tips to control abs eventually stop the tears when you feel them coming.

1. Get distracted

Having something to scribble on, a stress ball, or something to look at visually may be of use when heading into a situation that could trigger crying. 

2. Breathe

We know, we know, this one sounds fairly generic and doesn’t sound like it’s going to have much of an effect. But focusing on taking long, deep, controlled breaths is an effective way of keeping the tears at bay, as it distracts the brain.

3. Get rid of that throat lump

Emotional crying also affects the nervous system. One way it reacts is by opening up the muscle at the back of the throat (called the glottis). This feels as though a lump is forming in the throat. Sipping water, swallowing, and yawning can help make the lump go away.

4. Blink more

The act of blinking is used to sweep the eye and restore it to its regular state so it makes sense that excessive blinking will help curb crying.

5. Use your words

Failure to communicate properly can lead to anger and frustration, which can trigger the urge to cry. Learning how to express feelings clearly, staying calm, and using words can help to keep tears at bay.

Don’t beat yourself up about you crying at “wrong” time. It’s normal and it could happen to anyone.

Sources: medicalnewstoday.com and refinery29.com

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