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There are a few reasons humans cry

Have you ever felt so stressed, frustrated, or upset that you started to cry? It turns out crying actually provides a few major benefits to your mental health. Crying for emotional reasons releases higher levels of stress hormones than other tears, which explains why crying actually reduces stress levels.

Research suggests crying also releases oxytocin and endorphins, making the behavior a natural pain reliever. The release of these chemicals, similar to what happens when you engage in physical exercise, also have the power to improve your mood. So, even though we often cry when we’re sad, the act of shedding tears actually makes us happier. This is why you often “feel better” after a good, long cry.

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There is also a possible social aspect to crying. Picture a newborn baby, who has no means of communicating its loneliness or need for attention other than crying. Babies don’t know why they cry. No one teaches them how to do it. They just open their tiny baby mouths and let loose until someone picks them up and starts rocking.

Sometimes we cry because we’re aware doing so will still bring us the social support we’re craving  even though we aren’t tiny humans anymore.

There’s no need to hide your tears. Biologically, they’re going to make you a more relaxed, happier, more connected human being.

Let’s recap:

  • Crying relieves stress
  • It releases “feel-good” hormones
  • We cry when we’re seeking support from those around us.

Crying in response to emotional stimuli is completely normal. Every healthy person cries. However, if you notice you’re crying a lot more than usual, take some time to really evaluate your own emotional health. It might be time to see a professional to get your mental health back on track.

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Did you know an addiction can be caused by a mental disorder?

One of the primary reasons that mental disorders and substance abuse so often go hand-in-hand is that drugs and alcohol can provide an escape from the pressures of mental health problems. Self-medicating is surprisingly common: you’re not alone.

But unlike real, effective, long-term solutions, such as medication and detoxification in a treatment center, drugs and alcohol won’t amount to effective treatment.

If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from addiction, then take our free 3 minute assessment.

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