Why You Should Cry Today


The proverb “What soap is for the body, tears are for the soul.” is one that I live by. Crying helps to clean your soul, and release any pent up emotion that can otherwise be really unhealthy when kept harbored. Nowadays, too many folks are afraid to cry or show emotion. They think it makes them look weak or defeated, when in actuality, it’s a sign of strength. A sign of realization. A sign of being human.

I’ve suffered a great deal of personal loss in my life, with losing my mother as a kid and losing someone who I thought I was going to marry. If it’s one thing I’ve learned from both of those occurrences, as well as every other stressful moment in between, it’s that crying is a way for your body to say “Guess what? You’re still alive. You made it. Good job, pal.” Every time I cried, I immediately felt better when it was all said and done. When my cheeks were stained with black streaks from my mascara and my tissue box was completely empty. That’s when I felt better. I felt whole again. I felt like a weight was lifted off of my shoulders. It’s fucking awesome.

Have you ever had a moment in your life, when something as small as a cup falling over occurs, and you Lose. Your. Shit. Or Sally from HR accidentally puts the wrong date on a document and you silently plot her demise? It’s not the cup that pissed you off, nor is it Sally. It’s those feelings that you might try and keep caged up, not wanting to acknowledge what is going on in your life at the moment, but instead trying to act totally numb.

Quite personally, I think you should cry today. Not because I want you to be sad, but because I want you to release all of those emotions you have been building up. Whether unintentionally and whether good or bad, give yourself a good 5 minute crying session. Of course crying won’t pay the bills you have stacking up on your kitchen counter, or make your ex suddenly love you again, but it will help your mental health. And in the end, that’s your most important asset of em’ all. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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