12:12 Tuesday, 05 May 2020
‘Let It Flow, Let It flow’
Don’t Hold Those Tears Back!
In this week’s Oonagversity, Oonagh spoke about the science behind why it’s good to cry.
Many of us tend to cry a lot be it happy tears, sad tears or big fat ploppy tears. Many of us cry all the time and in this time of uncertainly it seems that letting the tears flow could be one of the best stress reducers. Experts say that giving into our extremes of emotion and allowing ourselves to cry when we feel the need to, could be a really effective coping mechanism.
Why We Cry
Crying is a natural response to feeling overwhelmed and it can produce a healing effect on your emotions and mental state, so when we feel the urge – we shouldn’t fight against it. ‘
From an evolutionary point of view, tears are a visible signal to others that we need some attention and care. As well as that, allowing the people you love to see you upset normalizes their own emotion when they see they’re not alone in struggling with their emotions. ALL the health experts are telling us that if we find ourselves getting upset during this time that this is completely normal and in actual fact tears have a natural sedative and so they help lower our emotions when they become heightened.
The 3 Types Of Tears
There are 3 types of tears
Basal tears : these are a protein-rich antibacterial liquid that help to keep the eyes moist every time a person blinks.
Reflex: These are tears triggered by irritants like wind, smoke, or onions. They flush out irritants and protect the eye.
Emotional tears -These tears contain a higher level of stress hormones than other types of tears. It is these emotional tears that we are likely experiencing more of right now and one school of thought believes that crying actually removes those stress hormones from the body, making you feel better in the process.
So let those tears flow and don’t be ashamed. We almost always feel better after a good cry.
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