A Wholesome Sob is a Natural Human Response

Tears streamed down my face before 9:30 a.m one challenging morning.

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Evokes mindfulness

I believe mindfulness is much more than a buzzword. It brings you to a state of total awareness; your frustrations and anxieties lose their grip in the present moment. It leads you to actively engage with your emotions and thoughts.

Builds emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence (EQ) involves a set of social and emotional skills that collectively determine how well you perceive and express yourself. To achieve inner familiarity, you need a safe outlet for processing your emotions. Journaling holds that purpose and increases self-awareness. Being able to understand yourself and others fully ignites a deeper connection.

Improves self-discipline

Prioritizing time for free-flow writing develops the habit of discipline. Much like anything, the more you practice, the more favourable the outcome. You will notice a change in your mindset as you express yourself freely without judgement. As the author, Amber Rae, wholeheartedly expressed:

Ignites creativity

Your struggle might involve having the tools to be creative but not knowing how to let it flow. Can you relate? I have found that journaling sparks creativity within. It unveils thoughts and ideas you never knew you had and stretches your expressive muscles. I suggest one page of unconstrained writing in the morning. Let your creative juices flow.

Heals the soul

For me, the most powerful benefit of fluid writing is its ability to heal you — emotionally, physically, and psychologically. Studies have shown that expressive writing helps people overcome emotional inhibition. According to the theory of Dr James W Pennebaker, those who had suppressed a traumatic memory might heal once they expressed their feelings.

Here is what I discovered about human tears:

Being resilient implies you adapt well in the face of adversity. Being self-reliant implies you have the power to find solutions to a seemingly impossible situation. And being strong-minded means you dare to face any challenge with confidence.

Reduces distress

A 2014 study shows that crying activates the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), which helps you calm down.

Relieves pain and stress

Science confirms that in addition to the self-soothing effect, releasing emotional tears secretes oxytocin and endorphins. As a result, you are overwhelmed with a sense of well-being.

Enhances your mood

Oxytocin and endorphins are known as the feel-good chemicals, which is why when you release tears, your mind feels clear and your spirit high.

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