Monday Meditation: Go ahead, have a good cry.

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.

-Christopher Morley

Crying is good for you.

Tears reduce stress hormones from your body, the remove irritants and lubricate your eye, and tears also contain antibodies. Our emotional tears help stress leave our body and increase endorphins in the process. Tears are healing, and even when a problem isn’t solved  after a cry, our view toward the issue is a little lighter.

Judith Orloff reminds us that “Crying is also essential to resolve grief…Tears help us process the loss so we can keep living with open hearts. Otherwise, we are a set up for depression if we suppress these potent feelings.”

So, go ahead. Have a good cry when you feel the need. Let the sadness and stress hormones exit your body. Let your emotions leak out when necessary. It is okay if the path toward healing is paved with some of your tears.

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Published by ancarroll

Alexandra N. Carroll is an author, grief advocate, crafter, mother, and partner. She writes on grief and self-care from her home in Vermont. Her forthcoming book concerns how to untangle life-after-loss through the creation of a strong self-care plan.

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