Understanding why you cry easily

Crying is a natural human response to a range of emotions, from sadness and grief to joy and empathy. However, some individuals find themselves shedding tears more readily than others, often wondering why they cry so easily. The propensity to cry easily can be influenced by a variety of factors, including biological and psychological elements. Understanding these factors can provide insight into why some individuals are more prone to tears and how they can manage their emotional responses effectively, especially during significant life transitions such as menopause.


Biological factors:

High sensitivity

Some individuals are naturally more sensitive to emotional stimuli, which can lead to heightened emotional responses, including crying. This heightened sensitivity can be attributed to differences in brain chemistry and neural processing.

Hormonal changes

Fluctuations in hormone levels, such as those experienced during menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause, can impact emotional sensitivity. These hormonal shifts can influence neurotransmitter activity in the brain, affecting mood regulation and making individuals more prone to crying. During menopause, the decline in estrogen levels can particularly contribute to mood swings and emotional instability.

Medical conditions

Certain medical conditions, such as mood disorders (eg. depression, anxiety) or neurological conditions, can affect emotional regulation and increase the likelihood of crying. For example, individuals with depression may experience heightened emotional sensitivity and tearfulness as a symptom of their condition.

Psychological factors:


Highly empathetic individuals may be more susceptible to crying in response to the emotions of others or to situations that evoke empathy. This heightened emotional resonance can lead to tears as a means of expressing compassion or understanding.

Stress and anxiety

Chronic stress and anxiety can lower one's emotional threshold, making it easier to become overwhelmed by emotions and more prone to crying. The persistent activation of the body's stress response system can contribute to emotional dysregulation.

Past trauma

Individuals who have experienced trauma or adverse life events may find themselves crying more easily as a response to triggers associated with those experiences. Unresolved trauma can heighten emotional reactivity and make it challenging to regulate emotions effectively.

Personality traits

Certain personality traits, such as introversion or neuroticism, may predispose individuals to crying more easily. These traits can influence how individuals perceive and respond to emotional stimuli, affecting their propensity to cry.

Cultural and social factors

Cultural norms and social expectations surrounding emotional expression can influence how individuals perceive and respond to crying. In cultures where crying is more accepted and normalised, individuals may be more likely to express their emotions through tears.

Managing emotional sensitivity, including during menopause:

If you find yourself crying easily and it's affecting your daily life, there are steps you can take to manage your emotional responses effectively.


Take time to reflect on your emotional experiences and patterns of crying. Identify triggers and explore underlying emotions that may contribute to your propensity to cry.

Seek professional help

Consider speaking with a therapist, counsellor, or psychologist who specialises in emotional regulation and mental health. These professionals can help you explore the underlying causes of your emotional sensitivity and develop personalised strategies to cope effectively. Psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), can help you identify and challenge negative thought patterns and develop healthier coping mechanisms.

Additionally, hypnotherapy presents a unique and effective approach for individuals who find themselves tearful, it offers a pathway to explore and address underlying emotional factors at a subconscious level. By inducing a state of deep relaxation and heightened focus, hypnotherapy allows individuals to uncover deep-seated emotional patterns and triggers that may contribute to their propensity to cry. This kind of therapy is particularly beneficial for addressing past trauma or emotional wounds stored in the subconscious mind, facilitating healing and emotional release. 

Hypnotherapy also enables individuals to restructure negative thought patterns and beliefs, fostering greater emotional resilience and reducing the likelihood of uncontrollable crying episodes. Through guided relaxation techniques and personalised coping skills, individuals can learn to regulate their emotional responses more effectively, leading to improved emotional well-being and a greater sense of inner peace. 

Overall, hypnotherapy offers a holistic approach to understanding and managing the tendency to cry easily, empowering individuals to navigate their emotions with greater composure and control. 

Accessing help:

There are several ways to access mental health support, including:

Speaking to your GP

Your doctor can provide referrals to mental health professionals and may also offer initial assessments and treatment options.

Online therapy platforms

Teletherapy platforms provide convenient access to licensed therapists and counsellors through video or text-based sessions.

Face-to-face therapy

Talking therapies such as counselling, psychotherapy, and hypnotherapy are available privately – check relevant registers such as the general hypnotherapy register for accredited hypnotherapists. 

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)

If you have access to an EAP through your employer, you can receive confidential counselling and support services at no cost.

Insurance coverage

Check your health insurance plan to see if mental health services are covered and to find in-network providers.

Medical evaluation

If you suspect that underlying medical conditions may be contributing to your tendency to cry easily, consult with a healthcare provider for a thorough evaluation and appropriate treatment. This may involve blood tests, thyroid function tests, neurological evaluations, or consultations with specialists.

By understanding the interplay between biological and emotional factors in your propensity to cry easily, you can gain insight into your emotional experiences and develop strategies to manage them effectively, particularly during significant life transitions such as menopause. 

Remember that seeking help is a sign of strength, and support is available for those who need it. Whether through therapy, medical evaluation, or self-care techniques, there are resources and professionals ready to assist you on your journey towards emotional well-being.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Hypnotherapy Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Meera Mehat, Clinical Hypnotherapist- Anxiety, Stress, Trauma & Menopause
Maidenhead SL6 & London W1G

Meera Mehat, an expert in healing and transformation, brings over 30 years of expertise as a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, NLP practitioner, coach, and teacher. She focuses on emotional well-being, behaviour change, and impacting lives globally. Specialising in trauma intervention, stress management, children's support, and menopause assistance.

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