Sometimes all need is a good cry or two or three. For me, with all of the challenging hardships I have had to endure these past few weeks, I have found myself very fragile at times. I would cry just about anywhere to anyone or anything. And to be honest, that’s quite frustrating for me. I pride myself on being an extremely strong person, besides I have persevered through 28 brain surgeries. However, here recently as I have been experiencing shunt malfunction related symptoms such as severe headaches, nausea, confusion, and an upset stomach.
I have been breaking down in front of my loved ones, teachers, and doctors. It honestly drives me nuts that I can’t seem to hold it together at times, but I try to remind myself I am under an enormous amount of stress with finishing grad school and also planning a wedding.
According to WebMD, stress “tightens muscles and heightens tension, so when you cry you release some of that,” Sideroff says. “[Crying] activates the parasympathetic nervous system and restores the body to a state of balance.”