(AscendHealthy.com) – From banging an elbow on the wall to listening to heavy metal music, we’ve all been tempted to let out a big scream. While many adults might consider screaming slightly taboo, it may actually prove to be a good thing. Here’s why science says it might be good for us!
1. Boosts Strength
Screaming at the top of your lungs offers a way to increase overall strength. For example, athletes who are making that last-mile stretch in a triathlon have to dig deep for their inner strength to make it to the finish line.
Even opening a jar or lifting something heavy can cause the brain to want to let out a bit of scream or grunt to help the body push through. Pay close attention the next time you need to push your body a little further, making some noise may surprise you with better results.
2. Helps Reduce Stress
It’s been a really long day. Stress from work, finances, and finding time for self-care is weighing heavy on your shoulders. Sometimes, all you can do is simply scream. Go ahead. Just let a big one out! Some people scream in the privacy of their cars while commuting. Or grab a pillow to muffle the volume. You can even take a nice, long shower and let all that inner frustration out. (It might be a good idea to tell your family first, so they don’t freak out).
3. Aids With Repressed Memories
Many people hold in repressed memories from past painful or tragic events. Repression may lead to a buildup of emotions that might have significant side effects on the body, including:
- Weight gain or loss
They may not be ready to let it all out or speak with a therapist. Screaming is a way to release inner tension. It’s ok to be angry or scared. A good scream might be one of the best medicines for frustration.
4. A Form of Verbiage
In the heat of the moment, an argument can turn very ugly. No one wants that, especially with a loved one or friend. You have complete control over your emotions and how you react to others who are in your space. An alternative to verbally lashing out is to yell at the top of your lungs. This can divert and even calm a heated situation. Don’t lash out with bad words. You got this!
5. It’s Fun!
In some situations, screaming is just fun! Letting out a funny series of screams can trigger endorphins, which leads to a natural high. Screaming your way down a roller coaster or at a concert can be an enjoyable experience. Standing at the top of a high mountain and letting out a primal scream is another way to boost fun, feel-good emotions.
There are many ways the body releases tension and responds to stimuli. While many people keep their emotions bottled up, they may suffer adverse effects. We don’t have to repress emotions. While screaming can indicate a myriad of emotions, it might be healthy for you, too. Go ahead. Give it a try right now. You know you want to.
~Here’s to Your Healthy Ascension
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