Were you told that crying & being vulnerable was inappropriate & makes you look weak? Whoever told you that was wrong & doesn't know what they are talking about. Crying is actually a sign of strength & acceptance of ourselves. Let's talk about why!
- Sometimes you just can’t help it. Sometimes you are just overwhelmed with emotions & feel like the best release you can have is crying. And I totally agree. And I have always felt this way, even when I was told that crying is unacceptable & displays weakness. It’s because I always feel at least a little bit better after getting the cry out & will feel worse over time if I don’t release the emotions somehow. And at least with crying you can do it anywhere.
- For me growing up, I was told not to cry and I’m sure this happened to many other people. Because it can be seen as a weakness, as most displays of emotions & vulnerability can be, it’s not tolerated by a lot of people & families. Did this happen to you? My father wanted us to always look like a strong little family, which included not being affected by anything that happened to us.
- But I want you to know it doesn’t have to be this way. You can be emotional. You can cry. You can be vulnerable & still be seen & considered to be a strong & capable person. It doesn’t diminish who you are or what you are capable of. It’s a normal, human function & reaction to whatever causes you to have those feelings.
- Crying is a normal, human response to pain, frustration, sadness, so many emotions, and it’s brought out by different experiences, dependent on the individual. It’s also very helpful for releasing the stress that can come with these experiences.
- Crying is also a representation of how comfortable you are with yourself, which also demonstrates how important emotional health is to you & can also set the example for others that it’s ok to be vulnerable. It’s a sign of strength, that you are able to be that open & bare without caring what others think of you.
- Today I want to talk about why crying is a good experience for us all:
- 1. Great for Self-Soothing. (according to research, crying releases oxytocin & endorphins, which help you ease the pain you are experiencing & bring calm after it’s over.)
- 2. Crying Can Help You Move Forward. (crying will help you release the pent-up emotions & not feel the need to hold onto whatever happened. Letting it out is similar to letting it go)
- 3. Crying Can Restore Emotional Balance. (according to Yale University research, crying can help restore emotional equilibrium because whether you are crying because you’re happy or sad, it allows your body to recover from such strong emotions by letting it out through tears.)
- 3. Find better coping mechanisms.
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