“Have a good cry, wash out your heart. If you keep it inside it’ll tear you apart.”
-Sometimes You Win (1979) by Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show

When was the last time you cried? Whenever it was, did you know you also ended up cleaning some bacteria? In a way, you also just vacuumed your eyes.


Don’t be. Crying is a natural human emotion but it’s also one of the most healthiest and detoxifying activities you can do for your body.

We know that psychologically, we feel good and soothed. This is because scientists suggest that each time you shed some tears, it activates your Parasympethic Nervous System (PNS). PNS helps you rest and digest adequately.
Crying also releases endorphins.

The aforementioned information is pretty widely circulated for research on many websites and books.
What isn’t shared as often is the physiological benefits of crying.

Your tears contain a chemical known as Iysozyme, which helps fight bacteria. Reflex tears, tears that stem from something getting in your eyes or cutting onions, help clean out dust and debris from your eyes.

All of us have had moments in our lives where we cry for a long time at a stretch. It could be at a funeral, it could be because of mental health issues and/or viewing old home movies or photo albums.

The tears shed during those moments are categorized as continuous tears. Continuous tears form a lubrication in your eyes that help prevent infection.

The only thing to keep in check is that you don’t cry 24/7 as that puts your mind in a negative state and effects other daily activities. Have a good cry anytime you need a good release. Just make sure not to let it get in the way of anything. Otherwise, don’t cage your tears. Let them rejoice in their freedom. Because doing so will set you free as well.

When was the last time you cried and why? Were you were of the benefits of crying? Do you personally feel good after you cry? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.

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Hi, I'm Neel! I'm a writer (fiction and poetry), a journalist and currently working in the advertising business. I'm also a mental health advocate, having been diagnosed with clinical depression a few years ago.
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