The researchers finally confirmed what the nurses and social workers had long since figured out without their clues: there is nothing easier and more effective than to cry properly to feel better. Although public stereotypes still heartlessly hint that tears are a sign of weakness, scientists argue that the ability to cry is not only a powerful weapon in the fight against stress and disease, but also a sign of belonging to the highest stage of evolution.
American neurobiologist Dr. William Frey, who spent more than 20 years studying people’s ability to shed tears, says that “crying is not only a human reaction to sadness or disappointment, but also a very useful function of the body, aimed at protecting against harmful toxins and stabilizing emotional imbalance. So, why is crying good?
1. Protect against stress
Chronic stress is no joke. Constant anxiety and life under the wrath of difficult circumstances increase the risk of heart failure, damage to brain function, provoking headaches, sleep disorders, a whole bunch of digestive problems – from gastritis to ulcers – and other health problems. It’s a natural way to reduce emotional stress, which, if not stopped, will certainly have an impact on your physical condition. By crying we dampen the activity of cortisol, which accumulates during stress, causing serious damage to the body. In addition, 85% of women and 73% of men surveyed in a recent study of depressive reactions admitted that they feel less sad or angry when they cry well – a great bonus to the overall wellness effect.
2. Reduce blood pressure
Crying reduces blood pressure and heart rate – this truth was confirmed by the data combined from psychotherapy sessions, during which patients poured out negative emotions along with tears. Well, this is good news too, as high blood pressure harms the heart and blood vessels, contributing to heart failure and even dementia – even in the distant future.
3. Take out an extra manganese
Dr. Frey notes that the cried tears work to get rid of excess manganese, a chemical mineral that is invisibly present in each of us (and much more concentrated in the tears than in the blood serum) and seriously affects the mood. Over-saturation with manganese leads to increased fatigue, drowsiness, impaired memory function, anxiety, nervousness, irritability, fatigue and aggressiveness. So do not restrain yourself – cry, and the mood will go up.