Tears are nature’s launch valve from the human soul when we cry; we take our frustrations, fears, and grief and allow them to vent so that our minds can rest.
I’ve witnessed, time and again, the healing power of tears. Tears are your body’s release valve for stress, sadness, grief, anxiety, and frustration. Also, you can have tears of joy, say when a child is born or tears of relief when a difficulty has passed. In my own life, I am grateful when I can cry. It feels cleansing, a way to purge pent-up emotions, so they don’t lodge in my body as stress symptoms such as fatigue or pain. To stay healthy and release stress, I encourage all people to cry, both men and women, tears are a sign of courage, strength, and authenticity.
Let’s discuss the numerous health benefits of tears. Like the ocean, tears are salt water. Protectively they lubricate your eyes, remove irritants, reduce stress hormones, and they contain antibodies that fight pathogenic microbes. Our bodies produce three kinds of tears: reflex, continuous, and emotional. Each type has different healing roles. For instance, reflex tears allow your eyes to clear out harmful particles when they’re irritated by smoke or exhaust. The second kind, continuous tears are regularly produced to keep our eyes lubricated–these contain a chemical called “lysozyme” which functions as an anti-bacterial and protects our eyes from infection. Tears also travel to the nose through the tear duct to keep the nose moist and bacteria free. Typically, after crying, our breathing, and heart rate decrease, and we enter into a calmer biological and emotional state.
I now understand the following facts so let me share; when you need to cry don’t put on a smile, when you are fearful, don’t try to act brave. When you are lonely, don’t work as if you don’t care, we are all human, and there is nothing more Human than emotion.
Sure, laughter and smiles are critical, however there has to be room in your lifestyles for tears too, being honest with others about the way you feel isn’t always a weak point. As an alternative, it is a strong person who can turn on the waterworks at a wedding while the bride walks down the aisle into her new lifestyle or sees a newborn toddler for the first time.
If you stop yourself from crying and don’t use some other technique to release the sadness within, it can and will build up to the point of depression, or feeling overwhelmed.
So if you feel like crying. Let the tears flow. Have a good cry, experience this powerful form of release, and let it go.
Nevertheless here are some benefits of TEARS you need to know;
• Tears Help Us See.
• Tears kill bacteria.
• Tears remove toxins.
• Crying can elevate mood.
• Crying lowers stress.
• Tears build community.
• Tears release feelings.
Finally, this is what I have to say; let go of whatever it is you’ve been holding onto stopping the power of your tears, and then move forward. Refocus on what you want, refocus on love, on joy, on the positive you can now move into. If you feel like crying, don’t suppress it. Let your tears flow so you can purify your mind, body, and emotions of stress and negativity. On the other side is a new level of peace, love, and light.
Tears are said to be a true charismatic gift that aids in discernment, release inner spirituality, opens a direct pathway for prayers, confirms inkling, and cleanses. Pray for it; It may help release love.
ENCOURAGE YOURSELF: I leave you with this say “IN THE DESERT OF THE HEART, LET THE HEALING TEARS BEGIN.”
We don’t really think about tears until they overflow and roll down the sides of our cheeks whilst we brush them away. These tears can be the onset of sadness, happiness, or tiredness, but why do we cry in the first place? In the TED Ed video, “Why Do We Cry? The Three Types of Tears,” Alex Gendler explains the physiology of tears through their three classifications: basal, reflex, and emotional.
Crying is so innate, we produce 10 ounces per day and 30 gallons a year. When it comes to gender, it seems more women compared to men are shedding tears. Women cry an average of 5.3 times a month, while men cry an average of 1.3 times per month, according to a 2011 study published in the Journal of Research in Personality. Researchers believe this is because women are biologically wired to shed more tears than men, since female tear glands are much smaller than men’s.
Regardless of gender, we actually all cry every second of our lives and produce the same types of tears. The lacrimal gland, located in the outer part of the upper eye, is constantly secreting a protein-rich, antibacterial liquid. This fluid goes from the outer edge of the eyeball toward the cornea and lubricates the entire eye surface every time we blink.
The crying we are all familiar with is when excess liquid overwhelms the drains of the nasal canal of the tear duct, which overflows and falls down our cheeks. Basal tears are always in our eyes to serve the purpose of lubricating, nourishing, and protecting the eyes. The second type of tears, known as reflex tears, protect the eyes from irritants, including wind, smoke, or onions. Lastly, the third type are those that are produced by emotion. Although these tears contain higher levels of stress, such as ACTH and enkephalin — an endorphin and natural pain killer — they can also work by directly calming the iris down while signaling the emotional state to others.
The Health Benefits From An Expert
Emotional tears have special health benefits. Biochemist and “tear expert” Dr. William Frey at the Ramsey Medical Center in Minneapolis discovered that reflex tears are 98% water, whereas emotional tears also contain stress hormones which get excreted from the body through crying. After studying the composition of tears, Dr. Frey found that emotional tears shed these hormones and other toxins which accumulate during stress. Additional studies also suggest that crying stimulates the production of endorphins, our body’s natural pain killer and “feel-good” hormones.” Interestingly, humans are the only creatures known to shed emotional tears, though it’s possible that that elephants and gorillas do too. Other mammals and also salt-water crocodiles produce reflex tears which are protective and lubricating.