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Being a chillona.

Updated: Aug 13, 2022

I LOVE crying/llorando. It's literally the one thing that I know will make me feel better afterward. Without a doubt, every time I have cried, I always feel better. The other thing that happens after a good cry is: I get exhausted, get a headache, and need a nap/I get tired and get really hungry.

There is definitely something leading up to a good cry, that I may be eating less inadvertently. Crying is a whole physical response. I am wiped. I try not to hold things in, or even get overwhelmed so much that the thing I wasn't thinking about. In doing this, I push down all the feelings, and now they need to burst out of you.

One part about crying that I don't like is that it can happen ANYWHERE. Whether it's a tone that sounds mean to me, or that makes me think something illogical, I can pretty much be made to cry at any time.

I may have tried to work out, not dwell on something, drink my agua, avoid caffeine, but it can all just build up regardless.

Because of this, I've cried at: work, the New York Subway, at the corner of the Sprinkles Cupcakes in New York, other random spots in the city, the L.A. Metro rail, walking around L.A., picking up my açaí bowl, at events where I should have been happy (Arcade Fire concert), in-person therapy/virtual therapy. It's all fair game to my emotions and anxiety.

The main difference between New York and L.A. public crying is that in New York, people will for the most part leave you alone. People in L.A. may come up to you and ask you what's wrong, and I don't really want them to.

But I'm here to say that it's ok to cry, and for others to just let you cry. It's the best thing to do when you haven't been able to release all of your built-up feelings.

Check these two links belwo to get a better understanding of all the benefits of crying.

You can literally cry the stress out of you, so don't hold back and be a 'chillona, y que?!' - Crying activates the parasympathetic nervous system and restores the body to a state of balance.

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