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Is crying healthy?

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LONDON: Humans, being emotional by nature, have to weather the storm at innumerable instances throughout the life. Be it sorrow, misery, pleasure or annoyance, they tend to end up crying.

As per the estimates, ladies cry approx 3.5 and men 1.9 times a month. But is crying healthy? Well yes!

While crying is a natural reaction to emotions, irritants like dust, smoke and onions etc. too make eyes wet.

In this connection, experts suggest that instead of hiding the tears, individuals should cry as to make the most of its benefits such as:

  • Crying Soothes People: Back in 2014, a study demonstrated that crying may have a straight and self-soothing impact on humans, as it stimulates the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS), which makes people calm and relaxed.

 Moreover, tears release oxytocin and endorphins, which help people, feel good while reducing physical and emotional pain.

  • Mood Enhancer: Believe it or not, but crying assists in escalating people’s spirits that make them feel better while perking-up the mood.

  • Reduces Stress: In response to stress, when people cry, their tears release countless stress hormones and other chemicals. Therefore, this particular act could shrink the levels of such chemicals in the body, resulting into diminishing stress.

  • Improve Sleep: The soothing, mood-enhancing, and pain-relieving effects of crying might help individuals fall asleep easily.

  • Improves Vision and Kills Bacteria: On one hand, it could improve vision; on the other hand, it facilitates slaying harmful bacteria and keeping the eyes clean.

It is pertinent to mention here that crying is a natural response to emotional goings-on.

However, if a person cries frequently, he/she should seek professional help as it could be a symptom of depression.