Many people claim to feel better after a good cry.Whether it’s to mourn the end of a close relationship or because of the sheer frustration of a bad day at work, once you come to wipe the tears away, the world can seem like it’s been put back together again. We’ve all had a good cry, whether it’s the end of a close relationship, frustration at work, or even a movie.
Crying is thought to help reduce stress, which can have a damaging effect on our health and has been linked to a number of health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes and obesity.
Aside from removing toxic substances from our body, crying can also have the psychological benefit of lifting our mood and helping us to deal with painful situations.
Deep crying is generally felt to be good for you in that it exposes and expresses deep emotions, which means they can then be dealt with.The simple act of crying also reduces the body’s manganese level, a mineral which affects mood and is found in up to 30 times greater concentration in tears than in blood serum.
Now research has suggested that tears could actually be a way of flushing negative chemicals out of the body and doing you a world of good. We look at why it’s good to cry.
Crying actually improves your mood.
Crying helps relieve stress.
Crying Lowers blood pressure.
Dealing with sorrow
- 85% of women and 73% of men felt less sad and angry after crying.
- On average, women cry 47 times a year, men cry 7 times a year.
- Crying bouts last 6 minutes on average.
- Tears are more often shed between 7 and 10 p.m.
- 88.8 per cent of people feel better after crying, with 8.4 per cent feeling worse.
- On average women cry 47 times a year and men a mere seven.
- Until puberty, crying levels are much the same for each gender – testosterone may reduce crying in boys while oestrogen and prolactin increases the tendency in girls.
- Men may excrete more of the toxins related to emotional stress in their sweat because they have higher sweat levels than women.
- The mantra to children ‘Be brave, don’t cry’ might not be the most helpful because some believe crying can actually help reduce pain.