New York City is an amazing place to live. Its opportunities, convenience, and history are a huge draw, not to mention its iconic skyline! With so much going for it, it’s no wonder that New York is the most densely populated city in the United States.
But living in the City That Never Sleeps has its downsides too. The pace of living in NYC is much faster than many other places, and for people moving to the city from outside, it can be totally overwhelming. Living in such a big city can be lonely too. With everyone so busy with their own lives and careers, it can be all to easy to let your social life slide, even if there is an almost endless choice of things to do.
When you take all of this into account, it is unsurprising that New York City is currently suffering from a mental health crisis. A report from ThriveNYC estimates that as many as 1 in 5 New Yorkers will suffer from mental health issues in any given year, and depression is the main culprit. Major depressive disorder is thought to be the leading cause of disability in NYC, and other problems such as anxiety and substance abuse are rife.
However, New Yorkers could find some respite from their hectic, modern lives in the form of an ancient, Chinese therapy – acupuncture.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to improve both physical and mental health. It views the physical body and emotions as being closely linked, and problems such as unhappiness, frustration, and overwork are seen as major causes of disease.
Although acupuncture can be helpful in the treatment of mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety, it is equally effective as a preventative measure. In ancient times, it was common for people to maintain their health and wellbeing using therapies such as acupuncture. New Yorkers may well benefit from doing the same.
That’s right, you don’t need to be sick in order to benefit from acupuncture. In fact, it can be much more effective if you start using it when you are well.
When you make acupuncture part of your regular self-care routine, you benefit from relaxation, stress relief, and the rare opportunity to lie quietly for 20 minutes without worrying that you should be doing something else instead. This can help you to prevent burnout as well as keeping the symptoms of depression and anxiety at bay. Furthermore, acupuncture affects your whole body, so you might find that other niggling symptoms suddenly improve too.
Luckily, it is now easier than ever to get acupuncture. New York has a wealth of acupuncturists scattered about the city, so it’s simple to find a location that is convenient for you.
City Acupuncture New York operates clinics in Fulton Street, East Village, Columbus Circle, Flatiron, and Brooklyn. If you are feeling worn down by the pressures of city living, why not give your local clinic a call and see how acupuncture could help you?