Stop Yourself from Crying
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There are hard times in everybody's life. And of course, you can't always be happy or upbeat. If you feel like you just want to cry, but you also want to hold it in, here's what to do. Crying is a normal response to grief, stress, sadness. While it is normal to cry, it is not always a good time to cry-- for example, when you are around people with whom you do not feel comfortable. Here are some tips on how to handle the impulse to cry when it's not the right time to do so. Having a way to stop crying is a solution to think of.And if you just can't hold it in, it's O.K! Remember, it's O.K to cry, even if you are around other people you hardly know.
Crying: A Natural and Cultural History of Tears by Tom Lutz
- Find the way or you can help a parent/trusted adult.
- Make things betterlike find difficult movies or songs. Watch or listen at the same time and over and over again
- Swallow saliva. and then bite your tongue.
- Practice long., slow deep breathing every day. Visualize a peaceful place as you breathe.
- Take a really deep breath, during any occasion on which you feel that you might cry, and let it out calmly and coolly. You might even try to think of something that makes you laugh. OR, when you find yourself in a situation in which you are likely to cry, try your long, slow, deep breathing and visualization. There's no need to wait until you're fighting the impulse: start a little earlier than you think you'll need to and continue a little longer than you think is necessary. Be ready to retreat to a safe place if you have to.
- Once you're certain you're fine, return to your normal breathing pattern.
- Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
- Blink a few times and look into the light; this makes your pupils constrict and keep tears from falling.
- Cross your eyes. This is also another way to prevent tears from forming.
- Also, rolling your eyes works the same way.
- Pinch yourself, or bite your tongue -- your mind will focus on the pain instead of the emotion. Don't pinch so hard that you cry from the pain, though.
- Get a stress squeeze toy. It really helps release all the negative energy that's all inside. Screaming helps too sometimes. Get something to scream into that makes it muffled and quiet.
- Do math problems in your head. Emotion comes from the right side of the brain. Doing even simple addition and subtraction activates the left side of your brain and can circumvent the emotional response you're having.
- Press your tongue to the roof of your mouth (or tickle the roof of your mouth with it).
- Smile. Yes, this is what everyone tells you to do but smiling usually releases endorphins that make you feel better.
- Laugh. Laughing is a common impulse when there is something funny. Though this is not a fun situation, laughing stimulates chemicals in your brain that causes crying and clams it.
- Yawn. Yawning helps to loosen the tight feeling in your throat that comes along with crying.
- Pinch. Pinch the skin between your index and thumb. Or anywhere else that works for you. Easy as pie,right?
- Excuse yourself to go into the bathroom or wherever. If you just can't stop yourself, then this is a last resort. Think of the holidays, or birthdays or friends, if it helps, take a friend in with you, but make sure it's a funny or comforting friend (they always make you feel better).
- Luckily, even in your deepest breaths, nobody really notices what you are doing, so they won't come to know unless you tell them.
- Never run into the bathroom-- walk. Walk as calmly as you can.
- Don't get yourself into any situation that might make you cry or stress you out. Keep calm.
- Play it cool.
- Don't let anyone suspect you are losing it but remember - sometimes you have to cry.
- Get a drink of water if available.
- Don't keep things bottled inside. If you keep it in long enough, it can do things to you that you will regret!
- Tell someone about your problem or write about them. It also lets anger out.
- If you're thinking of hurting yourself or others, seek immediate professional help.
Things You'll Need
- A determined mind
- A stress-free environment
- A winning smile