I remember a friend once saying that she schedules her break-downs. If she's feeling a little on edge or her resilience is low she actually schedules herself a crying session so that she gets it all out rather than drop her bundle in a "straw that broke the camels back" moment that takes everyone by surprise.
How does one schedule a break-down? Well, the best way to do it is to have some time alone (a couch day perhaps), put on a tear jerker movie, and just go for it. Let it all out.
Not everybody cries. There are many of us who prefer the stiff upper lip and all that. But crying is good for us. It helps us to age positively.
In a recent issue of Yours Magazine Australia, Dr Judy Hyde, Clinical Psychologist suggested 5 reasons why crying is good:
- It cleans and protects our eyes (tears provide lubrication)
- It boosts our mood (by cleansing you emotionally)
- It reduces stress levels (by washing away certain chemicals)
- It fights off bacteria (tear ducts produce antibacterial chemicals that fight off eye infections)
- It lessons pain (emotional tears produce leucine enkephalin which acts as a natural painkiller)
When was the last time you had a good cry?
Do you feel better after an emotional cleanse?
What movie reduces you to tears?
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