Yes, tears can be a great emotional release, helping us process sadness or even overwhelming joy. But crying for no reason? And can’t stop crying all the time?
Then it’s more likely a sign of something else that needs your attention.
9 Factors That See You Crying For No Reason
Here are 9 reasons why you might find yourself constantly crying for no reason.
1. It’s actually your physical health.
Before blaming your psychological health, if you are suddenly crying all the time and crying for no reason start with the basics – a health check.
A main culprit can be hormonal changes or imbalances, which can be connected to things like thyroid issues, pregnancy, and menopause (in fact ‘menopause anxiety‘ is a real issue). And there are other things, such as neurological problems, that can cause crying. This can include emotional lability, which happens after a stroke.
Not everyone can manage withouta good sleep. For some people the first thing to go when exhausted is emotional control. If you are suddenly under a lot of stress and it’s been affecting your sleep, rectifying this situation should be your first port of call.
Learn about good sleep hygiene and start saying no to social events that will see you out late. There will be other things to attend once you are rested up and back on track, and better miss a few parties then, say, sabotage your new job over exhausted emotional outbursts.
3. You are not being honest about what is upsetting you.
Have you suffered a bereavement in the last few years? Grief takes time. Or have you lost something important to you but are trying to tell yourself you are ‘being silly’ for feeling anything over it? A job, a friend, a sentimental item, a social group you relied on?
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If you’ve experienced or witnessed something traumatic in the last two months, then your crying can be a response to that.
Emotional shock is a term used to describe the body’s way of processing difficult experiences, and crying a lot can be one symptom. If this goes on for more than a few months, it’s worth talking to a mental health professional to see if your shock has now become post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
5. Old trauma wants attention.
Sometimes what is upsetting us is an old monster coming out to play. In other words, childhood trauma.
But why now?Repressed memories and repressed emotions can be buried within our unconscious. But think of something buried in dirt. Over the years, each time it rains, or someone walks by, a layer of dirt gets knocked off. Eventually, the buried object is exposed.
Old trauma be the same. While it can be a recent ‘bigger’ trauma that triggers it, like an accident or a breakup, it can also be just a long series of tiny stressors.
Again, crying itself is not a bad thing. But if you feel that you are dealing with something bigger than your capacity to cope, and it your crying is negatively affecting your day-to-day life, then it’s definitely a good idea to seek professional support.
A counsellor or psychotherapist can help you understand the real root of your emotional outbursts. They will also help you find useful strategies to help you get through your days and navigate your relationships so that your moods do not damage what is important to you.
Harley Therapy connects you with top therapists in central London who can help you with your out-of-control emotions.