Living in the hustle and bustle of the City that Never Sleeps can be exhilarating, offering endless opportunities for work, play and culture. However, the downside is that having so much to do, and limited time to do it in, can become stressful. Stress in turn can begin to eat away at your health, leaving you feeling run down and robbing you of the joy of your New York lifestyle.
Some negative symptoms of stress include:
- Chronic inflammation
- Hypertension and heart disease
- Lowered immunity to bacteria and viruses
- Chronic fatigue
- Skin outbreaks
- Weight gain
- Poor sleep quality
- Haggard appearance
Clearly, if you want to thrive and succeed in NYC, you need to have a stress management strategy in place to help you cope with the daily grind.
The Science Behind Stress
Stress is essentially the “fight or flight” response of our bodies to outside demands and threats. While a short-term stress response can save your life in a crisis, a constant onslaught of stressors from work, school, family and friends, along with environmental stressors like noise, traffic, pollution and close living proximity to others, makes for conditions that your body sees as ongoing threats to your health and sanity.
When a threat is detected by the hypothalamus of your brain, it sends a signal to your adrenal glands to release the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. As they begin to circulate, your heart rate goes up along with your blood pressure to rapidly pump blood to your muscles and vital organs. In addition, your immune system goes on high alert, sending out white blood cells and eliciting an inflammatory response.
Under normal circumstances, once the threat is gone, the stress responses abate and your body returns to normal. However, when stress never lets up, your altered physical state can lead to chronic health problems.
How Cryotherapy Affects Stress
Stress and its symptoms can be managed and treated. Exercise, meditation, good nutrition and sleep are all strategies that help reduce the effects of stress on your body. One therapy in particular that takes little time but yields substantial results is Whole Body Cryotherapy.
Regular cryotherapy sessions combat the symptoms of stress in multiple ways:
- Improved sleep quality
- Reduced inflammation
- Improved immune function
- Clearer skin
- Elevated metabolism to combat weight gain
- Improved mood
- More energy
- Accelerated recovery from sports or exercise
A Whole Body Cryotherapy session lasts only three short minutes, meaning it won’t add to your stress load by taking up precious time.
Whole Body Cryotherapy in NYC
Stress management is just a short distance away at Advanced Cryo NYC in the heart of SoHo. Our friendly staff will answer all your questions and help you get ready for your first cryotherapy session. While visiting Advanced Cryo, check out our unique menu of therapies and treatments, all geared to keeping you looking and feeling young, healthy and beautiful so you can live your New York lifestyle to its fullest.