Emotions are normal. We, as humans, experience emotions on a daily basis whether they are positive, such as feelings of joy and happiness, or negative, such as sadness and anxiousness. Regardless of which side the emotion lands on, expressing our emotions is important. This is especially true when it comes to letting emotions out in the form of crying. Crying encompasses a wide variety of emotions from complete joy to complete sadness. Nonetheless, crying is an important mechanism in our lives that has been associated with releases of stress and emotional pain. Inversely, keeping in emotions and not letting yourself cry can lead to physical distress as well as mental health conditions that will only get worse if you continue to bottle up what you are feeling. According to psychological research, emotional crying releases oxytocin and endorphins which promote physical and mental ease. These feel-good chemicals essentially drain out a lot of the emotional pain and stress we may feel. Of course, however, too much of a good thing is bad; if you find yourself crying frequently and often, assess what is causing the emotions and recognize if this is a negative or positive aspect of your life that is impacting you. Nonetheless, if you feel like you need to cry from time to time, let it out! Your body knows what’s best for you, even when it comes to your emotions!

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