Learn how to relax yourself after crying!
One effective way of relieving stress is through crying. Studies show that “emotional tears” are made up of water and stress hormones. Through crying, Cortisol, the most common stress hormone, is excreted from the body. But helpful or not, there is no arguing that crying can be emotionally and physically exhausting.
So, it’s best to learn about some ways on how to relax yourself after crying.
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How To Relax Yourself After Crying
1. Relaxation exercises
Here is are two great exercises you can try to relax yourself after crying.
First exercise is mainly for relaxing yourself before bed, but you can do it at any time.
Video: The evening exercise for relaxing
And here is another exercise you should try to relax yourself after crying. It´s one of the best exercises for stress relief.
Video: The best relaxation exercise for stress relief and relaxation
2. Drink water
Water, in any form, has always had a relaxing effect. The nostalgic smell of the ocean, the cooling sensation when it touches the skin –these are just some examples of how wondrous water can be.
Medically speaking, a person can become dehydrated from crying too much. With that in mind, it should be obvious that water intake helps one recover from the effects of crying. Drink at least two glasses of water, slowly, to calm down without feeling bloated.
It is by far the most effective way to immediately relax yourself after crying.
3. Talk it out
Talking about the thing that made you feel very upset might help you cope with the situation that you are currently in. If you’d choose to open up, you might even get a piece of advice or hear some words that might make you feel better. So call up your best friend and, who knows, you two might end up laughing about it.
4. Breathe in, now scream
Screaming at the top of your lungs is among the best ways to release tension and relax yourself after crying. This is perfect if you are in an open area or if you are in the safe confines of your room.
Say everything that you want to say. Curse. Stomp your feet or punch your pillows.
Do anything that you think will help you release all that anger or hatred that you feel. After you do that, you will feel calmer – and you might even decide to just get over it.
5. Pamper yourself
Treat yourself with the things that you’ve always wanted. You want to eat a gallon of ice cream? Go ahead. You want to cut your hair? Do it. Go out with some friends. Allow yourself to do the craziest things you never would have thought you are capable of doing. Do the things that could lighten up your mood. Just remember that the goal here is to find reasons to smile.
But of course, this method is applicable to even the toughest circumstances. This could probably be the best reward that people can give to themselves. Have you had a rough day at work? Get some sleep. Did failing a math quiz bring you to tears? Whatever the problem, just go and sleep.
And yes, it’s always easier to sleep when you have just drained your eyes from crying. Plus, there would always be a 50-50 chance that you’d forget about it when you wake up.
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7. Think of happy thoughts
This might sound a bit childish, but here you go. Just like how a famous quote goes,
Just think of happy thoughts and you’ll fly.
That is exactly what you need at the moment. You need to get yourself away from the current set of emotions that you are in.
You need to shift your attention to something else – something positive and good. You have to focus on something that will make you forget about all the other things that make you feel upset.
If you cannot get rid of disturbing thoughts, try this exercise.
Video: Stopping the thoughts
8. Be optimistic
Try to see things from a different perspective. Whatever it is that’s making you cry, it might lead to something positive sometime in the future. You may not see it now, but once you are over it, you’ll realize how things have turned out to be so much better for everyone.
All you have to do is find that silver lining in the situation and just believe that everything will be fine and that you deserve to be happy, no matter what.
Learn more: 12 Ways To Become More Positive And Happy Person
Sometimes, or probably most of the time, the only way to forget that you are upset is to simply accept the situation at hand. Accept the emotions that you have. Accept the loss. Accept the heartache. Accept that you failed to do anything to avoid it.
You don’t have to be too hard on yourself just because some things didn’t go as you would have had it because at the end of the day, it is what will make you become a better person. What doesn’t kill you makes you grow stronger, right?
10. Let the music take control
Music is the language of the soul. It is really fascinating how music could change a person’s mood in a split second. And at some point, good music could also inspire a person to change his or her views in life on a long-term basis.
With that being said, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that music can also help you relax after crying. Pick some songs that could create a happy vibe around you. Avoid listening to mellow songs for now, and go for some upbeat hits. You can also sing along to your favorite songs if that helps.
11. Write down your thoughts
Putting your thoughts into writing is also another good option to relax yourself after crying. Aside from calming you down, it should help you understand the problem you’re facing. You could even use the things you’ve jotted down to come up with a solution to your dilemma – or, if it’s something irreversible, you’ll at least discover ways to prevent it from happening again.
All these are just tips on how to relax yourself after crying. The effectiveness of each will definitely vary from person to person. Of course, the situation that you’re in also determines how effective a tip can be.
What’s most important though, is to keep in mind that there’s nothing wrong with shedding a few tears – it’s actually a sign of strength, since you’re not afraid to embrace your emotions. If, however, you find yourself crying far too often and you’ve been talking to those closest to you, it might be time to seek a professional counselor.
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