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  • Writer's pictureClover Fisher

Mental Health: Why Is It Okay to Cry?

These days, a lot of people struggle with bad mental health. In fact, according to the CDC, “more than fifty percent of people in the U.S will be diagnosed with a mental illness at some point in their lifetime.”

In this day and age, it is very common to believe that it is not okay to cry. However, crying is super beneficial. According to Medical News Today by Timothy J. Legg, “Crying may help lift people’s spirits and make them feel better. As well as relieving pain, oxytocin and endorphins can help improve mood. This is why they are often known as “feel good chemicals”. This proves that crying is good for your physical health.

Yes, crying is good for your physical health, but what about mental health? In the article, 10 BENEFITS OF CRYING FOR MENTAL HEALTH by NorthStarTransitions “emotional tears release stress hormones. Your stress level lowers when you cry, which can help you sleep better and strengthen your immune system”. This supports my claim that crying is good for you.

Mental health is so important. With the things happening in today’s world, it is completely okay to cry. I hope that these facts can make you feel better about crying.

Cover image courtesy of Penn State

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