The chemicals released while crying help us self-regulate
So, let's talk about crying. This very natural response that is very stigmatised in our society. How can it be that we 2021 still tell little boys that "boys don't cry"? Who even came up with that and why? It really doesn't make any sense. Crying is a response from our body and can occur from stress, pain or as most of us know, even from cutting onions.
Crying is good
If you ever hear someone tell someone not to cry again, weather it is in your head or on a playground, please inform the person the following:
Crying for longer periods of time releases oxytocin and endogenous opioids, aka endorphins. These feel-good chemicals can help ease both physical and emotional pain. Once the endorphins are released, your body may go into somewhat of a numb stage. Oxytocin can give you a sense of calm or well-being.
Nature always has your back
So when that feeling comes, instead of trying to back-paddle and suppress it; trust your body and allow it to do it's job. You don't have to hold on to anything it does inside of your head, thoughts come and go, be mindful of how much space you give them - remember the 90sec rule?
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Louise is a mindfulness mentor on a mission to make mindfulness more accessible and simple. For her it's not only a human ability but also a need and the place we all need to learn how to connect with if we want to make this planet a better place for everything living now and in the future.