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Four health benefits of crying

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Studies have shown nine out of ten people feel better after a good cry. Crying can be good for health in a number of ways. What are some of these benefits?



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Reduces Stress
Sometimes a major life event causes feelings of great sadness, anger or despair. At other times daily frustrations and disappointments may build up until a person feels at breaking point.

If these feelings are bottled up they can cause physical and mental health problems.

When the body is stressed there is a build up of the hormones cortisol and prolactin which can weaken the immune system, slow down healing and cause digestive problems. Ongoing stress can contribute to high blood pressure, heart problems and peptic ulcers.

Crying removes excess stress hormones from the body making a person feel calmer and less tense. Crying also lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease.

Boosts Your Mood
Crying releases endorphins as well as removing stress hormones. Endorphins are known for their ability to make a person 'feel good'. They are also the body's natural pain killer so crying can help lessen physical pain.

A high level of the mineral manganese can make one feel anxious, nervous, irritable or angry. Manganese is secreted in tears leaving a person feeling calmer.

Promotes Eye Health
Eyes need to be kept lubricated to function efficiently and tears fulfil this function. Tears contain lysozyme, a protein which is both antibacterial and antiviral. Lysozyme can kill up to 95% of bacteria in 5 to 10 minutes and protects the eyes from infection.



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Helps People Bond
Many people are embarrassed about crying in front of others, especially if they do not know the people well. However, allowing others to see your vulnerability (in a suitable environment and with people who will provide support) is a way of encouraging communication and bringing people closer together. Sharing grief by crying in a group can be emotionally healing.

Crying is a natural human reaction to sadness, grief and frustration. It is also normal to cry at times of great happiness. Letting go and having a 'good cry' is beneficial to both physical and mental health.



Male crying
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Although crying is usually beneficial, excessive bouts of crying, especially if there is no obvious trigger, can be a sign of depression or a mood disorder. It could be advisable to seek professional advice and support.

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