Let’s face it; life is hard… sometimes unbearable. Some folks decide to deal with crappy spurts including sickness, depression or sadness with booze, over-eating, staring at a wall or breaking something. Which all end in more misery, let’s be honest without ourselves.
This article stemmed from an inspirational quote from Danish Author Isak Dinesen [real name – Karen Blixen] “The cure for anything is salt water – tears, sweat, or the sea.” After I first read the quote I paused for a moment and thought… Blixen had a point, and a good one at that.
I decided to dive deeper into the reasons tears, sweat and the sea are natural cures for just about anything life hurls at you. All three have physical and psychological benefits, two can detox your body and one can calm your mind. Let’s see what else these natural remedies can do for you.
Work it out. Get out and move. Run, hike, climb, jump or roll around in the fucking mud until you can’t feel the lower half of your body. Whether you physically or mentally feel bad, sweating will help you move out of your negative state and get you thinking more clearly. Remember, when you move, your mind will positively follow your body.
Sweat also purges the body of toxins and is proven to be an efficient way to detox your body by flushing it of substances like alcohol, cholesterol and salt. There are many environmental toxins like lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium that can build up in the body overtime and can cause health issues. These toxins can be found in sweat meaning the toxins leave your body through sweat. Sweating can also unbloat you, clean clogged arteries and help with that massive hangover you endure every Saturday morning. “Exercise can stimulate neurochemical pathways in the brain, resulting in the production of endorphins that act as a natural painkiller.” – James Ting, MD, a sports medicine physician at Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, CA.
So get out and move!
Don’t hold back. Cry it out. When you shed those tears it means you need to address something in your life. These feelings are not about good and bad. They’re about what is. Crying can release feelings of anxiety, nervousness, irritability, fatigue, aggression and emotional disturbance. Crying releases stress and improves your mood. “All these feelings need to be felt. We need to stomp and storm; to sob and cry; to perspire and tremble.” – John Bradshaw Author of “Homecoming.”
According to multiple sites on the internet (which obviously make it completely true) women cry an average of 47 times per year compared to roughly 7 times for men. This doesn’t surprise me. Lets get technical. Tears contain lysozyme, a fluid that can kill 90 to 95 percent of all bacteria in just 5-10 minutes. So aside from being an emotion defense mechanism it’s also a physical one as well.
But the most important thing to remember is an emotional cry means you’re a living human being. Cry, and then let it go.
The ocean produces half the world’s oxygen and absorbs nearly one third of human-caused carbon dioxide emission. It helps regulate our weather and forms clouds that bring us fresh water. Basically, we would not exist without the ocean.
Natural water environments around the world continue to promote human health and well-being as well as reduce stress. The wave patterns in your brain are altered by the calming sound of the ocean waves and induce a tranquil state of mind. Aside from having a calming and relaxing element, the ocean has physical health benefits. Oceans physically heal cuts, sores and scars. The salt cleans the oils from your hair and gets rid of the buildup of chemicals. The ocean can also clear out your nasal passageway.
Looking at how big the ocean is reminds us of how small we are. All of the sudden you realize your issues aren’t that big of a deal.
So lesson of the day: If you’re feeling like your world is crashing down, go to the beach, sit there and cry it out, then get up and start sprinting until you can’t run any more, then jump in the ocean and when you come to the surface…..