Sometimes all you need is a good cry
I read an article in Japan last week that the country is trying to push people to cry to relieve stress. I am a huge fan of a good cry.
We are trained at an early age to not cry. Why? I hear people say, “don’t cry, it will be ok”. What they should say is “cry all you want, it will make you feel much better.”
I read that in Japan they are creating opportunities for people to cry from movies to books to music. The stress of the day to day world gets to all of us. Everyone reacts differently to stress. Some seem to be able to soldier through while others crumble. Some act like all is well and good but internally they are a mess and that mess starts to raise its ugly head in different ways when you keep all the stress inside.
Crying should not be considered a form of weakness but something to make you feel better. It can relieve stress, lower your blood pressure, remove toxins from the body and gives you a feeling of relief.
I read an article that Neuroscientist Dr. William H. Frey II, Ph.D., founder and co-director of the Alzheimer’s Research Center at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, has spent over 20 years studying crying and tears.
According to Frey, “Crying is not only a human response to sorrow and frustration, but it’s also a healthy one.” It is a natural way to reduce emotional stress that, if left unchecked, can have negative physical effects on the body, including increased risk of cardiovascular disease and other stress-related disorders.
After spending a week in Japan, I found that the Japanese that we came across were tightly wired, followed rules and were aiming to please. Perhaps that is a cultural thing and then I came across the article about the powers that be in Japan pushing the concept of crying to children and the workplace. I really love it.
So perhaps this week everyone should listen to some music that they find incredibly moving and let the tears flow or read a book that speaks to your emotions and tear up or go see a real weeper of a film and have a good sob. Trust me, you will feel fantastic afterward.