Most people think crying is because of low self-esteem or any other huge array of emotions, but apparently it can make you more productive. Who knew! Embracing who you are and showing some vulnerability can be cathartic.
Crying flushes out bacteria and toxins. As tears leave your body, toxins flow and cleanse your system. Tears also fight against bacteria and do wonders for your overall health! Crying also relieves our emotions and balances our manganese levels. Too much manganese leaves us feeling nervous and irritable.
Here is a quote from Dickens about tears:
‘Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of the Earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, then before – more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.’
Apparently we feel less stressed when we cry. Scientists say crying is similar to the perspiration leaving you when you exercise. The chemicals that make up stress are directly leaving your body. Having less stress is directly related to thinking more clearly and accomplishing new goals. This doesn’t mean it’s always great to start sobbing in a crowded room, it does show that crying is not a weakness, but a way to start moving forward and letting go of past emotions with a clear mind.
I write romance novels and some of my books have people who cry, or are despondent in them. Funnily enough, they tend to be the strongest characters in my stories, who are dealing with difficult circumstances, but overcoming the emotion helps them to see things with clarity. I think this quote sums it up: ‘A person who cries, is a person who cares.’
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