Sometimes in life, and counselling, people can struggle with the need to cry, dismissing it as pointless, weak, or negative in some way. Crying like all our emotions, serves a necessary purpose, to support us in our life experiences, and our well being.
IMPORTANT AND BENEFICIAL
There are many reasons, why crying is important; relating to physical, emotional and psychological well being as follows:
- A normal and natural response to grief, loss, distress, overwhelm, injury, hurt, fear and vulnerability
- Indicates a need for attention, acknowledgement, care, understanding, support and comfort
- Often there is a need is to cry with someone rather than be alone. Crying is visual for a reason, we have a need to be seen and connected with another which can also help keep our thinking rational.
- A release mechanism from feelings and tension, crying has a natural rhythm, allowing ourselves to cry as needed helps finish the process.
- Helps adjustment to change and adaption to loss
- Essential in healing, if we interrupt crying this can interrupt healing.
- If the upset feels disproportionate to the event, this can indicate unresolved/unprocessed past hurts, and loss etc. See > inner child
- Trust it is okay to cry… if not, how come? how have you learnt differently?
- Noticing sadness without tears is just as important as crying.