“I’m the biggest crier.” – Ronda Rousey, Mixed Martial Arts World Champion
Often times we believe that crying is for the weak and that you’re soft if you show emotions.
Well, one scientist actually believes the opposite. William H. Frey II, PhD, is a neuroscientist and tear researcher at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota and he thinks that “crying is not only a human response to sorrow and frustration, it’s a healthy one. Crying is a natural way to reduce emotional stress that, left unchecked, has negative physical affects on the body, including increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and other stress-related disorders.”
Ronda Rousey, mixed martial arts champion and arguably the toughest woman in the world openly admits to crying right before a fight, and she’s the champion.
Here’s a few reasons why crying actually means you’re tough.
It Makes You Feel Good
In a study conducted by Dr. Frey, he found that “women cry an average of 5.3 times a month, while men cry an average of 1.3 times per month.” When you meet your problem head on and release all of the pent up energy inside of you into tears, it’s like a water breaking through a dam. Embrace this feeling and let the tears flow. You’ll feel much better afterwards.
(Source: American Psychological Association)
Removes Toxins and Bad Energy
Not only does crying help you express yourself, but Dr. Frey also found that tears help to remove toxins and bad energy that build up from stress. Crying also lowers your blood pressure and decreases your manganese levels, that, when too high, can cause severe anxiety. Talk about an ultimate release!
Makes You Human
There’s nothing more powerful than crying in front of someone. It truly takes a strong person to be able to express her/his emotions. This helps others feel empowered to also express their feelings. After you’re done crying, make sure you hug it out.