Research shows that crying after severe pain helps protect the heart and brain and reduces blood pressure
After the death of a spouse the risk of getting sick increases for those who have suffered mourning. However, a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine showed that the impact on physical and mental health of pain due to the loss of a partner can be mitigated by manifesting one's emotions openly.
Remember the song A Tear on the Face? Well, in addition to being "a miracle of love" as Bobby Solo's voice said, it could be a valuable tool for preserving the heart, and beyond, after a serious loss in the family. In short: shedding a few tears instead of keeping everything inside could be a sort of "therapy", which also acts on the parameters of inflammation, improving the picture.
After a great pain, the immune system works
We often read of couples in which the death of one of the two is followed shortly after by the death of the other. To reduce risks, a liberating cry could prove to be of great use in controlling the body's invisible mechanisms related to stress and emotional tension not expressed externally.
To say it is a research coordinated by Richard Lopez of the Psychology Department of Bard University, which appeared in Psychosomatic Medicine. The study, precisely to assess the impact of widowhood and the ability to externalize emotional pain, examined a population of 99 people left alone, comparing not only their external reactions through a questionnaire, but also evaluating some parameters collected with a blood test, which specifically assessed a possible elevation of the cytokine, the compounds that promote the immune response and help trigger inflammation.
The analysis of the collected data showed that those who were more reserved and just could not externalize their pain had an increase in the cytokines circulating in the blood, almost to demonstrate how it would be fundamental for those who experience a particularly touching mourning to be able to communicate through tears their suffering, at least to their closest relatives and friends.
Compressing emotions can be dangerous and letting a few tears flow down the cheeks can really help to better metabolize the pain, knowing that however this reaction is effective if it is concentrated over time and does not become a habit.
Research shows that continuing to cry after months of the mourning event can indicate an alarm signal, which, especially in some people, could open the door to a real depression with all the physical consequences (also affecting the heart , with a possible increase in the risk of heart attack or acute events) and psychological all to be defined and in any case potentially impacting on well-being.
Crying "system" the body's reactions
It must be said that this study is only the latest in a long series, which confirms how putting your pain in common with others can represent a system to better control chronic stress and counteract psychological malaise.
Crying tends to reduce blood pressure and protect the brain. Just think in this sense of a research carried out in Australia, at the University of Queensland, published in the scientific journal Emotion. Scientists have considered various parameters, such as heart rate and breath or cortisol values, a hormone that amplifies the stress reaction.
Those who cry, although it may seem strange, improve these parameters over time: if you do not cry when you should or feel the need, rejecting your tears, something does not work best in managing emotions. And we must not forget that tears contain a particular substance called encephalin, which can also affect the body. How? By reducing pain and relaxing the muscles, you often contract for emotional tension.