Updated: Feb 18
So this is it. Blue Monday meets Covid Times is behind us.
If you had the worst day of your existence, we won’t act like our words have healing powers, and it’s certainly not their ambition. But if you’ve been known as an over-achiever in the crying division. If you’ve been called oversensitive or dramatic more than once. If you can’t help but letting it all out, sometimes several times a day, we need to talk.
Firstly, you’re not alone… big cry babies out here! And secondly, you’re doing great. Maybe, without even realising, you’re actually taking great care of your body and your mind.
Let’s talk about tears!
There are 3 different types of tears: reflex tears, which clear debris from your eyes and contain 98% water; continuous tears, which are caused by an irritation or an inflammation and need to be checked with your GP; and emotional tears, which contain stress hormones and other toxins. And the theory is that crying flushes these out of your system.
Crying helps self-soothe. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system which helps your body rest and digest.
It helps ease both physical and emotional pain. Crying for long periods of time releases oxytocin, which can give you a sense of calm and well-being, and endorphins, which are responsible for this numbing feeling after a good crying session.
It improves your mood. When you sob, you take in quick breaths of cool air, which can help regulate and even lower the temperature of your brain. As a result, sobbing episodes can act as real spirit-lifters!
It’s proven to reduce stress (which can cause breakouts) and release hormones such as cortisol (which can cause premature signs of aging) from the body, so overall… your tears are good news for your skin.
However, crying too much can cause excessive broken capillaries around your eyes or nose, especially if your have fair, sensitive skin, rosacea, or acne-prone skin. So to make sure you’re all prepared for your next session, check out our skin tips for crying on our Instagram.
And that’s about it. Next time someone calls you dramatic, you can say it’s called self-care. R x
Credits: Sara Shakeel.