The healing power of crying

Written by Dr. Nirvana

April 10, 2023

For ​years in my Practice, I’ve had the honor of being present with my patients as they’ve released their emotions allowing me the opportunity to witness the healing power of their tears.

Tears are your body’s release valve for stress, sadness, grief, anxiety, and frustration.​ To stay healthy and release stress, I encourage my patients to cry. For both men and women, tears are a sign of courage, strength, and authenticity.

​Have you noticed that after a good cry you feel so much better? This is because after crying, our breathing and heart rate decrease, causing us to enter into a calmer biological and emotional state.

Dr. William Frey discovered that ​tears related to emotion, contain stress hormones that get excreted from the body through crying. After studying the composition of tears, Dr. Frey found that emotional tears helped to shed these hormones & other toxins which accumulate during stress. Additional studies also have suggested that crying stimulates the production of endorphins, our body’s natural pain killer and feel-good hormones.

As you can see, crying serves many purposes including helping us to feel better, even when a problem persists. In addition to physical detoxification, emotional tears heal the heart.

This is why I encourage you to allow yourself to cry when the need arises. You don’t want to resist crying. Patients sometimes say, “Please excuse me for crying. I was trying hard not to. I’m sorry.” My heart goes out to them when I hear this.

So for all of you that try hard to hold back your tears, please don’t.

Let them out and know that as you are crying, you’re simultaneously releasing emotional and physical toxins at the same time.

crying is healing to the body

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