When you feel happy, you smile. When you’re angry, you feel tense and maybe even hostile. But when you’re sad, do you cry, or do you hold it in? Crying is a natural part of emotions when we are sad, but we may think it’s a sign of weakness and hold it in. Some reasons we may cry are due to being extremely stressed and depressed, sadness, frustration, and many situational events that cause these emotions. Men may also have a harder time showing emotions and crying, largely due to how society views men as tough and shouldn’t cry. However, we all experience negative emotions and need to cry.
Crying is a natural way of getting out our sadness and frustration. Emotions need to be released or it could build and build and cause other physical and mental health issues. Think of the pressure building up, like shaking a carbonated drink, the more you hold it in, the more internal stress it’ll cause before it violently explodes. You may feel frustrated and angry, and your emotions could be out of control. This is why it’s important to address your emotions the moment you feel them instead of hiding and repressing them.
But, how can you let your emotions out appropriately and cry when you need to? One of the first places to begin is by realizing that crying is natural. Crying may make you feel vulnerable, especially around others. But, crying does not make you weak or vulnerable. Rather, letting go of emotions and crying actually makes you stronger. By getting in touch with your emotions and realizing that they don’t make you weak, will actually allow you to come to terms with them better.
Next is to learn to let crying be the outlet for letting go of anger, frustration, and sadness. When we feel these emotions, we can physically feel this within our bodies, usually in our chest as we begin to breathe deeper and faster, our hands may be trembling, as well as the inability to stay still. Whatever way you feel, recognize how you are reacting to stress and learn to change the outcome. In the moment may be hard, but the more you pay attention to it, the more you’ll be able to recognize it.
So, when feeling intense emotions, and like you want to cry, let yourself cry and feel the emotions being released. Whatever it is you are feeling, let it come out of your body via your tears. You can physically feel the relief it brings you as you begin to let go of the pent up emotions you have. Feel it coming out of your body and letting go of whatever struggles you are dealing with.
This is why it’s so important to cry. It is because crying can help you release the emotions and not bottle them up. Think about the analogy of shaking a soda can. If you poke holes in it prior to shaking, yes it’ll be messy, but it won’t build up as much pressure and explode. Rather, it will be released more calmly and steadily. Just like your emotions as you let them out, you’ll notice a huge improvement in your life and mental wellbeing as you learn to get a better hold of your emotions.
Let me know how this works for you. Have a great day!
I’ve personally experienced the relief of crying, which is what sparked this idea. I know the power of crying and letting go of emotions instead of bottling them up. However, many people still feel ashamed about showing emotions since they think it makes them look weak. However, this simply isn’t the case. Rather, it’s a sign of strength and being comfortable with ourselves that one can show emotions. As someone who gets frustrated, angry, and sad from time to time, I’ve gotten in touch with my emotions so much more and know how to let them go appropriately. I rarely deal with extreme sadness, but when I do, it doesn’t last long since I learn to let it go.