With all the things we put on our plates and in our lives, we can get extremely stressed. Did you know that there is an excellent way to reduce stress that you probably never even thought about?! CRYING!
I have to say that I have shed a lot of tears over the last 8 weeks with all I have on my plate. Being a mom of 3 busy young boys, a college student, a wife and also going to homeopathy school, it has been pretty emotional. I have shed many tears lately.
Today I am sitting here studying holistic anatomy for an upcoming class and read this passage in the book titled, "Holistic Anatomy, An Integrative Guide to the Human Anatomy. It states, "Cortisol and other stress hormones are damaging to the body. The liver must work extra hard to metabolize these additional toxins. However, there is a wonderful mechanism to help us recover and take the pressure off our bodies and minds when we are stressed - crying! In tears, we can excrete damaging stress hormones whole. This is the only way to get them our of the body without the liver first metabolizing them. In other words, crying is the cure for being hurt. It's time we reclaimed this wonderful healing process, for both men and women - after all, no-one would be so ridiculous as to say, "Be strong, hold on to your pee" or "Real men don't take a dump". Remember that tears are a brilliant way for he body to excrete the damaging products of stress." (1)
"If you don't cry enough, and the stress is ongoing and relentless, may physical problems can ensue. The most obvious and common are muscle tension, digestive problems, and high blood pressure. The reproductive system can be disrupted, causing infertility, impotence, menstrual irregularities and menopausal difficulties. Tight muscles can in turn cause other problems, including poor join health. These can be expression of a general adaptions syndrome which results form chronic stress responses." (1)
There is no shame in crying, ever. Not even for men. We ALL have feelings, emotions, frustrations, fears and so much coming at us on a daily basis. No one is immune to these issues, you all deserve a good cry once in a while.
So, when you are faced with challenges that life is going to bring you, it isn't a question of if, but when, know that you do have a way to release some of the stress. Cry it out, take some time for yourself, reach out to a trusted friend or family member and let go. I promise you will feel better about it after.
Have any questions or comments? My door is always open, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a wonderful day!
Love and light,
(1) Waller, Pip; North Atlantic Books, 2010; Holistic Anatomy: An Integrative Guide to the Human Body. Pg. 207-208. ISBN 978-1-55643-865-3
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