I’m not going to lie, this isn’t the post I had planned to write today for our Mental Health Challenge. But yesterday I found out that my father had been taken away in an ambulance early in the morning, and I spent a while tracking him down. I finally figured out where he was after calling numerous hospitals and didn’t get to speak with him until nearly 8:00. When I did, he was exhausted and in a lot of pain. He’s going to be okay, he has an infection that was making him super sick and caused a lot of problems but there is still something terrible about not being able to be there, and help him I felt utterly helpless and scared last night. I’m not ashamed to say that I cried myself to sleep. That’s today’s tip:
30 Day Mental Health Challenge
Give Yourself Permission To Cry
When things get overwhelming you have to have a way to release the pressure. I rarely cry, but sometimes it’s the only thing that will help me get over a hump. Even with the red eyes and headache that accompany the cry fest, afterwards I usually feel so much better. There is a reason for that. According to Healthline, having a good cry is actually beneficial. It can detoxify the body, help self-soothe, dulls pain, improves mood, rallies support, helps you recover from grief, and restores emotional balance, among other things.
Many times people thing that crying is a symptom of weakness. I personally do no think it is. I think it tales a very strong person to be able to let go and cry and get things out of their system. Now, there are times when crying a lot can be a symptom of something else, and if you have been crying a lot and aren’t able to feel better, than its always a good idea to reach out for help from a friend or your doctor.
Trust me, a good cry can make a bad day better. I got up this morning ready to get on the phone and help my Daddy however I could!
Have you missed a day of the Mental Health Challenge? Catch up on Day 6!