What Chokes You Up When You're Crying?

 Crying isn’t always something that happens because you’re sad or unhappy. Sometimes, it happens because you’re so incredibly happy or proud of something or someone that you feel as though your heart might burst from all the emotion.

What Chokes You Up When You're Crying?
What Chokes You Up When You're Crying?

In these moments, you may notice that you get choked up when crying and can’t speak or breathe properly because of the overwhelming feeling inside you that makes you want to sob uncontrollably.

Some Interesting Scientific Facts

Water can be a solid, liquid, or gas, and it flows through our bodies constantly. 

Whenever we cry, water escapes from our tear ducts—and our noses and mouths. If your eyes are watering while you watch a particularly sad movie (think:

  • The Notebook), your eyes aren't just watering; they're crying.
  • Every time you blow your nose, you may be draining some of those fluids back into your body where they will pass through another one of our bodies' systems.
  • The digestive system breaks down food into small units (often composed of only 3 to 4 molecules) that get absorbed by blood plasma and sent throughout our bodies as nutrients to cells for energy production.

The Four Categories of Emotions

It turns out that there are actually four categories of emotions. Instead of two, like we’ve thought for most of history, there are 

actually four kinds:

social emotions, self-conscious emotions, complex emotions and basic emotions.

Social Emotions:

These include guilt, pride, embarrassment and envy. They relate to our view of how others view us. If you ever feel bad when people praise you or when you see someone else do something good or nice (even on TV), then it’s a social emotion that makes you feel choked up. Self-Conscious Emotions: These are more neurotic in nature and include anxiety and shyness. They have to do with what we think about ourselves as people.

How Do Different Emotions Affect Us Physically?

A Review of Emotion-Induced Physiological Responses : A few studies have examined how different emotions affect people's physiological responses, but most of these were done in a lab setting.

In one study, participants reported feeling more frightened, disgusted, guilty and surprised after watching clips intended to trigger these emotions. This backs up what you may have observed in yourself — that some emotions make us feel more anxious or jittery than others do.

Give Yourself Permission To Feel, And Let Go

If you need to cry, that’s okay! And what often helps us to let go of these emotions is acknowledging them and allowing ourselves to experience them. Psychologists call it expressive writing—where we sit down and write about our emotions in a journal or on paper. It doesn’t have to be long-winded or even grammatically correct—just a way for you to express your feelings without judgment, knowing that you can then let those feelings go.

Why Are We Afraid To Cry In Public?

We want to be seen as strong and capable, so we cry in private. Except we don’t always get that luxury—and sometimes a little self-pity is precisely what our souls need. A 2012 study out of Japan found that men were more likely to feel comforted by crying in public than women—because they feared being judged more harshly.

But if there’s no judgment, if you know your tears won’t come with personal shame, you’ll probably feel better for having let it all out. And then maybe it'll be easier to let loose next time too.

How Do You Stop Feeling Like Sobbing At Work?

What Chokes You Up When You're Crying?
How Do You Stop Feeling Like Sobbing At Work?

If you feel like crying at work, whether it’s because of a heavy workload or something more personal and emotional, how do you keep yourself from breaking down in tears? As Business Insider reported earlier, trying to suppress your emotions isn’t usually a healthy approach.

Although emotional suppression might have some short-term benefits for your well-being, suppressing your feelings is known to take its toll over time. Plus, emotional suppression has been linked to anxiety and depression symptoms—two mental health problems that are already present in many American workers. Some people feel better after talking about their problems; others like keeping their professional and personal lives separate; still others find great comfort in confiding in colleagues they trust.

Does Your Dog Know When You're Sad?

For us humans, crying is a way to express extreme sadness or frustration. We cry when we’re happy, sad, angry and sometimes even excited—it can be hard to keep track of why we do it. But for dogs, there’s not as much gray area. The best thing to do if your dog is crying is console him in whatever way you know how (most people pat their dogs on the head). One way to help a distressed dog is to mimic his sounds back.

Share Your Feelings About Something Positive With Others

Physically, crying is caused by your throat tightening and your nasal passages getting flooded with water. But why do we feel like crying in certain situations but not others? Often, it's a feeling of vulnerability that gets us choking up. For example, you might feel overwhelmed by emotion when speaking in public—or maybe you're struggling to cope with an overwhelming emotion that you haven't shared with anyone yet (like anger). Other times, we cry when we're overcome by positive emotions, such as during a moving song or powerful moment in a movie. How are these related?

Practice Acceptance and Self-Compassion Everyday

This skill is an essential part of recovery, allowing you to let go of what's causing your pain, and move forward with your life. The more you practice self-compassion and acceptance, the easier it becomes to employ them in future situations.

Often, when we think about getting past our struggles, we envision some big moment where we suddenly become free from hurt. But recovery doesn't work that way; it happens gradually over time. Be patient with yourself as you learn how to accept whatever feelings are present right now. By practicing self-compassion on a daily basis—as opposed to only during times of hardship—you can strengthen your ability to identify and acknowledge your emotions without getting caught up in them or letting them define who you are.

SOURCE : Yasoquiz

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