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Is an occasional cry beneficial for health ?

It would be acceptable if we occasionally gave in to a good cry since life is tricky (especially when you add a global health pandemic and cost of living crisis into the mix). 


A UK study, which included 2,000 UK adults, also discovered that crying differs across the sexes, with almost one in five men (18%) reporting they do not cry or do not recall crying, while over a quarter of men (24%) claimed their last tear was over a year ago. 


Dr. Elena Touroni, a consultant psychologist and co-founder of The Chelsea Psychology Clinic, claims that crying causes the production of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, which the body uses to rid itself of extra toxins and stress hormones.


Furthermore, this process can have some significant benefits for our well-being, sometimes having an effect similar to laughter. 


88.8% of people report feeling better after crying, according to research from the University of South Florida. Crying aids in releasing hormones that accumulate in our systems during stressful situations. 


Oxytocin and endorphins, two “feel good hormones” that uplift mood and alleviate both physical and mental pain, are released due to crying. 


According to Dr. Touroni, crying has a self-soothing impact that can assist us in controlling our emotions and feeling more at ease.


Being able to cry shows that we can acknowledge and stay with feelings, instead of pushing them away or denying them,” she explains.


“The stiff upper lip approach does us no favours in the long term. When we stuff our emotions down, they inevitably reappear elsewhere further down the line.”


Our physical health can benefit from a good cry as well. 


Your eyes are kept lubricated by tears, which preserves your vision. Lysozyme, which has been demonstrated in tests to have antibacterial characteristics, is present in tears. Therefore, crying can also aid in bacterial eradication and eye hygiene.


 


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