Case of the Mondays? For as many forms of stress that exist, there are just as many ways to reduce, manage, and prevent the onset of anxiety altogether. That doesn't mean the road to salvation is easy though.
"Living in a fast-paced urban environment can make it difficult to unwind," confirms Zeel Expert Meg Richichi, a Vogue-featured acupuncturist with a Big Apple practice. "We're constantly on the go, multitasking and just not getting enough "me" time."
Meg goes on to propose that acupuncture can assist in the 'unwinding' process. "I feel part of the challenge for many of us is to find that place of ease within ourselves," she says, "and acupuncture provides a wonderful way to take us home."
Bruce Mandelbaum, also based in Manhattan, goes on to explain that acupuncture has been clinically proven to help with all sorts of stress related issues, including depression and anxiety. Both have even been endorsed by the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization, he notes.
"There are specific points that help facilitate both an endorphin and serotonin (natural anti-depressants) release in the body," says Bruce. "The patient also is evaluated, and points are added to promote balance in the body as well. The treatments are pain free and very relaxing."
While change can often be felt within a half-hour, Bruce adds that treatments can be beneficial for individuals with long-term anxiety in addition to someone who may just be having anxiety over a specific issue. Suffer from stage fright? Fear of flying? Cut the strain of whatever life throws at you with acupuncture, an all-natural and drug-free means of silencing stress that may significantly improve the quality of your life.