At Life Synergy, we believe that allowing our emotions to flow freely is the key to our health and well-being.
It can be uncomfortable when our long-stored emotions are released, but the surrendering process is healing.
The emotions of sadness and grief connect to the lungs in Chinese medicine – this doesn’t mean the lung is damaged, just that it requires some tender loving care.
The great thinkers and healers of ancient Greece and Rome believed tears helped to heal, and modern psychologists encourage crying because it helps us release stored stress and emotional pain.
Emotional tears flush stress hormones and other toxins out of our system.
Crying is a natural response to a range of emotions.
We cry when we are deeply sad, when we are going through bouts of grief and when we are incredibly joyful.
If you feel down, having a good cry can make you feel much better.
The best way to handle difficult feelings, including sadness and grief, is to allow and embrace them.
So allowing yourself to cry is a wonderful thing to do.
Some of us have learned to bottle up our feelings and push sad feelings deep down, but at Life Synergy, we know that allowing these emotions to flow is a natural part of healing.
Studies have shown that keeping uncomfortable feelings inside (repressive coping) will mean they build up in the body, mind and soul.
Research shows repressive coping can lead to a less resilient immune system, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and mental health conditions like anxiety, depression and stress.
That’s why our Life Synergy healers encourage our patients to allow themselves to feel emotions fully, and if that’s sadness, we provide a safe space to let those tears slide down your cheeks.
We even encourage sobbing because having a solid cry is the body’s main way of releasing the stress hormone cortisol.
Allowing tears to flow can lift your spirits because when you have a solid weep, you take lots of quick breaths of cool air and breathing in cooler air can help regulate and lower your brain temperature.
So, when the world feels too much or you’ve had a bad day, allow yourself to surrender and intentionally cry it out.
If you allow yourself to cry, your body and mind will unblock all the stored emotions, enabling compassion, bliss, joy and love to flow freely.
Crying also releases our oxytocin and endogenous opioids – our endorphins. These feel-good chemicals can help ease physical and emotional pain.
Oxytocin – the love molecule – is also released when we cry and can give us a sense of calm or well-being.
Crying for at least several minutes helps us self-soothe by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which allows your body to rest and digest.
Sometimes it may feel as though the tears will never stop.
It’s essential to consciously remind yourself that these emotions are like the tides of the ocean coming in and going out. The intensity of these emotions will ease in time.
When we cry, we let others know how we feel and see our vulnerability.
Being honest with our feelings and allowing those emotions to flow freely encourages closeness and compassion.
Emotion is energy in motion.
It’s okay to cry. It will help you heal. If you need to cry, don’t hold back your tears. Tears are a normal, healthy way to express emotion.
Please contact our friendly, loving Life Synergy team if you need help releasing stored-up emotion.