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Sometimes You Need a Good Cry, but Why?

Traci Taylor

Do you ever wake up and feel like you need to cry, but don’t know why?  This is exactly how I feel this morning and I didn’t know why.  I’m not sad about anything.  As a matter of fact, I’m pretty happy with my life right now, but I’ve got this heavy feeling in my chest and just feel like I need to release.  I was curious why I was feeling this way, so decided to do a little research and this is what Web MD told me:

  • Crying does serve an emotional purpose, says Sideroff, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. “It’s a release. There is a buildup of energy with feelings.”
  • It can also be a survival mechanism, notes Jodi DeLuca, PhD, a neuropsychologist at Tampa General Hospital in Florida. ”When you cry,” she says, “it’s a signal you need to address something.” Among other things, it may mean you are frustrated, overwhelmed or even just trying to get someone’s attention, which DeLuca and other researchers call a ”secondary gain” cry.
  • On top of that, crying may have a biochemical purpose. It’s believed to release stress hormones or toxins from the body, says Lauren Bylsma, a PhD student at the University of South Florida in Tampa, who has focused on crying in her research.

The best conclusion I can come to is that I’ve been in such a whirlwind because in a month’s time I’ve accepted a new job, packed up a house, started a new job, found a new place to live and am moving and unpacking this weekend and I haven’t had a chance to really sit down and process everything that’s happened in my life, which would explain. At least I hope that’s why I feel this way!

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