To put it bluntly, crying sucks. Though letting the tears flow can actually be good for you, there's nothing more frustrating than trying to make your point in an argument, only to burst into tears. Whether you're an angry crier, someone who can't help leaking a little when facing criticism at work or school, or you just cry super easily in general, it's helpful to know highly effective ways to stop crying.
According to Bethany Cadman writing for Medical News Today, figuring out how to stop yourself from crying starts with learning a little bit, both about why our bodies produce tears and why you, specifically, cry. As Cadman points out, we produce three different kinds of tears: basal tears, which keep our eyes from drying out; reflex tears, which help protect our eyes from things like dust; and emotional tears, which are, of course, the tears we shed when we're angry or sad.
We can't always predict situations that are going to make us cry — and, to be clear, you should always feel empowered to cry when you need to — but if you're crying on the regular, in situations where you'd rather avoid it, for reasons you don't want to be crying over, you should be looking for patterns, Cadman writes. "Avoiding triggers is about knowing the things that make a person cry and being able to identify them," she writes. "This makes it easier for them to manage their emotions, as they can spot and prevent familiar thought-patterns long before reaching the point of crying."
But once you've hit that crying point, it's ideal to be able to back away from it. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to help yourself stop crying.