The demands of our lives can outpace our nervous systems. Knowing when our bodies need extra support can mean the difference between overwhelm and resilience. A mindful crying practice allows us to get and stay proactive in supporting our most fundamental needs.
Chronically untenable conditions
What happens when we face a nearly constant demand for resilience? What if the space needed for rest and renewal isnt available? A constant drain on our minds and bodies requires support from our built-in machinery for processing the realities of emotion and stress. Mindful crying gives our nervous system the release that it needs to continue supporting our mental and physical health.
During or after a traumatic event
The body and mind change in various ways due to traumatic experiences. We can experience these changes as overwhelming feeling, total emotional disconnection, and every combination of the two. No matter how painful the healing may be, a mindful crying practice can bring feelings of peace to the process, and is especially effective alongside psychotherapeutic work and trauma-informed coaching. The more we recognize the emotional and physical value of emotional tears, the more we can address outmoded cultural stigmas that keep individuals and groups from the healing every human being deserves.
When feeling acute anxiety or stress
Anxiety and stress come in all shapes and sizes, from general feelings of nervousness to full-blown panic. And unlike emotions like sadness or happiness that come and go, feelings of anxiety can linger, for days, weeks, months, or years. Anxious feelings are a compelling reason to consider a mindful crying practice. Mindful crying can locate feelings that are under your radar and draining your resources, and offer real-time relief from anxious feelings. Sometimes, simply acknowledging the feelings is enough to create a measurable increase in your available energy and optimism.
When feeling frustrated or angry
Like anxiety, feelings of frustration, agitation and anger can persist enough to materially reduce your quality of life. Sometimes, they can become so pronounced that they begin to impact your relationships at home and work. Since these are stress responses, it’s not necessary to identify the source of the stressor before you can help your body find balance and relief. A mindful crying practice helps to restore much-needed balance to the nervous system, and promotes curiosity that can shed light on the origin of unpleasant feelings and/or behaviors. This can be helpful when it's time to explore the reasons for your frustration.
Any time the stakes are high
Often, we face choices and decisions with wide-ranging benefits and drawbacks. We can find ourselves making decisions with potential to be life-changing. When our tasks require sustained and increasing focus, attention, and problem-solving, taking time out for mindful crying can offer feelings of renewal that increase your brain’s bandwidth. You'll also learn how you “feel” about your choices as well as what you “think” about them.