He that conceals his grief finds no remedy for it. — Turkish Proverb
Do you ever find your schedule is too busy to do things that are most important for your well-being? If you’re like me, from the time I wake up I am always in motion before walking out the door. I have little time before I reach my destination where there are people around me and no opportunities to tear up. Even, at the end of a long day, which becomes longer on the return commute, I still have to do things when I get home.
I rarely cry unless someone close to me has passed away, I’ve had a breakup, I’m watching a particular scene in a movie or a play, or I’m listening to a song that touches my heart.
Have you ever had those days when you feel sad? Ever feel like you don’t have time to cry? Allow me to express the benefits of crying:
- Eliminates toxins in your body. Emotional tears contain enzymes, immunoglobins (antibodies), and proteins that other types of tears—from eye irritation and lubrication—don’t. Crying is just one of the methods your body uses to get rid of toxins and harmful materials.
- Prevents emotions from being suppressed. People who are depressed get stuck and do not explore their source of pain. They get caught in a loop of obsession and hopelessness. Productive crying gets to the source and allows you to engage in those emotions head on.
- Lifts your mood. Crying releases hormones—endorphins—which act as both mood elevators and pain relievers of any intense emotional build-up. This explains why you feel much better after crying.
Much like yoga, crying is a way to focus on how you feel right here, right now. To assist with the process you can also: go to a room where you will not be disturbed, set the scene with slow meditative music, burn aromatic candles and incense, or take a relaxing bath. Call a friend or refer to something that makes you cry. Yes, actors use this technique all the time. They think of one or two things that make them cry to develop tears at any moment.
Crying is something you have to make time for, fit into your schedule and never deny the therapeutic needs of your body. Your body will thank you for it!
Explore your emotions and join me on Wednesday nights, YOUR FIRST CLASS IS FREE!
Kelly D. McClain is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) currently teaching Beginner’s Yoga on Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. at the GLCCB. Send your questions or requests for more information atHaYoga.Kelly@yahoo.com. Also, visit Tim Hurley, RYT at the Center on Sundays at 3:30 p.m.