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Types of crying and its benefits

Types of crying and its benefits Illustrative photo (Photo: Freepik)
Author: Daria Shekina

Many of us are afraid to cry because we consider it a sign of weakness, but in reality, tears have incredible benefits.

RBC-Ukraine shares the types and benefits of tears, according to an Instagram post from the psychological portal Mindful Mind.

Types of tears

Basal tears: These are tears constantly secreted by the tear apparatus of the eye to provide lubrication and nourishment to the eye, as well as to act as a protective barrier for the cornea.

Reflex tears: These are tears that arise due to eye irritation. They can also occur due to consuming spicy food, vomiting, coughing, yawning, or exposure to bright light.

Emotional (Psychic) tears: These are tears associated with a person's psychological state, more specifically, with the emotional component.

Benefits of crying

Helps to calm down

Crying activates the parasympathetic nervous system, often referred to as the rest and digest system.

Reduces stress levels

Emotional tears lead to the release of stress hormones, resulting in relief.

Alleviates pain

Prolonged crying releases oxytocin and endorphins, which can alleviate both physical and emotional pain and promote a sense of well-being.

Improves mood

Tears indeed have a cathartic effect, capable of improving mood by relieving pent-up negativity.

Fights bacteria

Crying helps to kill bacteria and keep the eyes clean, as tears contain lysozyme, which has antibacterial properties.

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