Whether it hits you in the middle of a subway ride, or at your desk after a particularly terrible day at work, the urge to cry can strike at the worst times. As one of the most relatable human experiences, crying in public has become such a rite of passage that Brooklyn-based programmer Kate Ray even made an interactive map of New York City earlier this year that pinpointed where and why people got emotional. But what if you'd really just rather not cry right now? Stopping yourself from crying can be easier than you think.
Research shows that women in particular are more susceptible than men to crying in public spaces like the workplace. In a survey by Time, 41 percent of women reported crying at work, in comparison to 9 percent of men. A simple search of “how to stop crying” on YouTube yields pages and pages of motivational videos with images of rolling hills and stock photos of women with mascara and tear-stained cheeks.
While crying can be a great form of release, there are times when you simply don’t want to lose your cool in the presence of others. Luckily, there are methods that can help you hold back tears the next time you find yourself feeling choked up. Here are seven surprisingly effective ways to stop yourself from crying when you feel it coming on.