Sometimes when we cry, we feel weak or guilty for expressing out emotions. For women, it can be seen as a long expected sign of weakness to cry in the wrong setting. Men are often discouraged from expressing their emotions so tears can be a scary prospect. But all of us have emotions, no matter how strong of a front we put forward.
Here's a set of affirmations that I have been giving myself when I feel the need to cry. I hope that they help you or can serve as a resource for times of trouble. Please always keep in mind that things can get better and there are resources for help.
- It's okay to be scared to cry. Strong emotions can be scary and unfamiliar, but these emotions are part of you. What's really scary is trying to keep these emotions back where they can fester.
- There's no reason not to cry. It doesn't matter if someone hears you. It doesn't matter if other people don't need to cry. It doesn't matter if the reason you're crying is small. Think about how many tears were shed over the Titanic: if you feel the need to cry, surely your emotional health is just as worthy as a silly movie.
- You deserve the right to be sad.
- You deserve the space to cry.
- You deserve the time to feel emotions, good and bad.
- Confronting your emotions is a necessary part of moving forward. There's no way to have emotions go away without dealing with them.
- Crying because you are frustrated, sad, or angry is all valid. There are many reasons why people cry. Whatever your reason it is valid.
- Tomorrow will be better.