Some people feel that crying is a weakness. They think that if someone sees them crying it is a sign that they have no control over their emotions or they feel they are overly emotional. What they don’t realize is that tears are actually really good for you. They are a means of release for all of the emotions that you are feeling, such as sadness, depression, grief, and anger. There are tears of joy and happiness as well.
Tears are technically salt water. They lubricate the eyes, reduce the stress hormones, and they remove irritants from your eyes. They also have antibiotic properties that can kill tiny microbes that can grow around your lids. There are three different kinds of tears that the body produces and they all have different benefits.
1. Reflex – These tears clear out anything that irritates the eye, such as if you get smoke in your eye or if you have a small particle stuck under the lid.
2. Continuous – These tears are ones that lubricate your eyes. They contain something called lysozymes which are anti-bacterial enzymes.
3. Emotional – The third type of tears are the ones that do the most for us. They are the emotional tears. These come out when you are sad, happy, angry, or frustrated. These tears contain stress hormones while reflex tears are 98% water. These hormones that are expelled help you to release the stress of the emotion that is causing you to cry in the first place. It is necessary to cry when you are experiencing a flood of emotions. You will notice that it does make you feel better.
Many people have grown up in families that are embarrassed about crying or do not express emotions very often. This leads to them believing that crying is for the weak and not something that they should be doing. In reality, crying makes you stronger and helps you to heal much quicker.