I’ve witnessed, time and again, the healing power of tears. Tears are your body’s release valve for stress, sadness, grief, anxiety, and frustration. You can have tears of joy, happiness, excitement and jubilation.

Like the feeling when a child is born or tears of relief when a difficulty has passed.

In my own life, I am grateful when I can cry. It feels cleansing, a way to purge pent up emotions, so they don’t reside in my body as stress symptoms such as fatigue or pain. Tears are a sign of courage, strength, and authenticity.

Commonly, after crying, our breathing and heart rate decrease, and we enter into a calmer biological and emotional state.

Emotional tears have extraordinary health benefits. Biochemist and “tear expert” Dr. William Frey at the Ramsey Medical Center in Minneapolis discovered that reflex tears are 98% water, whereas emotional tears also contain stress hormones which get excreted from the body through crying. You can check out: Go Ahead, Have a Good Cry: 5 Reasons Why It’s Good for you. By: Marlo Sollitto https://www.agingcare.com/articles/reasons-why-crying-is-good-for-your-health-146022.htm

Crying makes us feel better, even when a problem continues. In addition to physical detoxification, emotional tears heal the heart. You don’t want to hold tears back.

People sometimes say, “Please excuse me for crying. I was trying hard not to. It makes me feel weak.” My heart goes out to them when I hear this. I know where that sentiment comes from: parents who were uncomfortable around tears.

The new enlightened paradigm of what constitutes an influential person is someone who has the strength and self-awareness to cry. These are the people who impress me, not those who put on a veil and hide their true feelings.

Try to let go of outmoded, false notions about crying. It is good to cry. It is healthy to cry. This helps to emotionally clear sadness and stress. Crying is also essential to resolve grief when waves of tears periodically come over us after we experience a loss. Tears help us process the loss so we can keep living with open hearts. Otherwise, we are set up for depression if we suppress these strong feelings.

I cry whenever I can. Thank God our bodies have this capacity. I hope you, too, can appreciate the experience and benefit of crying. Let your tears flow to purify stress and negativity and wash away the blues.

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