There is no such thing as "tear therapy" in scientific circles. However, there are many different studies that confirm that it is sometimes very beneficial to cry. Moreover, the benefits apply to both the physiological state and the psychological.
Many people are embarrassed and ashamed to express their inner emotions through tears, especially in public. According to statistics, almost half of the world's population prefers to grieve and cry in splendid isolation. But tears are a certain method of socialization. When people see that a person is crying, an internal mechanism is activated that pushes the environment to provide help and support. In addition, tears are a means of attracting attention and for drawing closer together, which in some cases is useful and necessary.
Scientists note that crying can be useful for improving well-being and for the stable functioning of the psyche.
Physical health benefits of tears
When a person cries and does not restrain himself, he begins to breathe in a special rhythm. The muscles of the body tighten, the heart rate increases, the pressure rises, and the pulse quickens. However, after crying, there is a very strong relaxation. The sedative effect of tears can be so powerful that it can cope with chronic insomnia. The rhythm of breathing when crying is in many ways similar to the pace at which it is customary to breathe, performing certain breathing practices to relax and purify consciousness.
Human tears are somewhat comparable to morphine, they contain ingredients that help relieve pain. Crying, a person moistens the surface of the eye to a greater extent, helps the body get rid of various toxic substances and toxins, and strengthens the protection of the mucous membranes. Tears easily relieve eye fatigue and also heal microscopic lesions on the cornea. According to the results of some studies, it has been proven that tears can even heal small wounds on the surface of the skin.
Crying is also useful because, due to the processes occurring in the body, the risk of developing oncological pathologies is significantly reduced. This can, first of all, be associated with the fact that many toxic substances come out with tears, tears destroy bacteria and harmful microbes, help get rid of inflammatory processes, and strengthen the immune system.
Oddly enough, but during crying there is a significant consumption of energy, and metabolic processes begin to proceed faster. This leads to getting rid of those extra pounds.
When a person allows himself to cry, by this action he reduces the level of cortisol, which is also called the stress hormone. If a person stubbornly ignores the need to cry, then this gradually leads to the development of serious disorders of the psyche and nervous system. Forbidding oneself to shed tears, one may end up with nervous diseases or mental disorders, including a noticeably increased threat of the formation of clinical depression.
Scientists note that crying is beneficial for young mothers who are breastfeeding. Tears especially increase milk production, while supplying it with useful components that will have a positive effect on the immune system of an infant.
Why else is it good to cry, even if alone? In the process of crying, the human brain begins to work a little differently. Researchers have shown that emotional people who are not used to holding back tears, creativity is significantly increased, and their brain works in such a way that it is easier to find sudden and ingenious solutions to complex or ambiguous problems. We can say that crybabies are much smarter than other people. They think in a more original and non-standard way.
The psychological benefits of crying
- With tears, you can release many negative emotions and experiences from within. Crying brings relief and helps you cope with psychological stress.
- Tears can be a kind of defense mechanism against aggression.
- When a person cries, he unconsciously consoles himself, gets rid of bad thoughts and experiences. Tears help stabilize the emotional background.
- By getting rid of excess stress hormone after sobbing, you can take a fresh look at the current situation in life, it is easier to start perceiving some negative moments.
- The mental pain that can arise from the loss of a loved one leaves with tears. If you forbid yourself to cry at such moments, then in the end this can turn into both mental problems and psychosomatic disorders.