One of the first lessons I learned while in recovery was, it’s okay to cry. I feel that growing up we learn that crying is a sign of weakness or defeat. We’re told that it’s something that you should hide and be embarrassed about. Despite it being something so normal, it something we’re so ashamed of doing.
Society has created the idea that crying is a bad thing when in reality it isn’t. Crying is only a natural human response to stress. It holds so many benefits that are often overlooked. One is that it helps rid the body of stress hormones and toxins. Therefore, crying can be a way to self soothe and improve our moods.
It’s a sign of strength.
It’s hard going against what you’ve always believed and. You’re no longer hiding from the stress of your thoughts and your feelings. You are choosing to face them and come out of it a stronger individual. It takes strength to let go of that fear to cry.
For me, it was the beginning of change for me. It showed me that I was ready to take care of myself. Admitting that I had an eating disorder was probably the hardest thing that I’d ever done. I needed strength to do that and by crying I realized that I had just that. After I felt a sense of freedom that I hadn’t felt in a long time.