Managing stress and anxiety can be difficult, but it is manageable. Cryotherapy studies have shown that it can help decrease stress and anxiety levels through its stimulating properties.
To understand exactly why studies have claimed that cryotherapy helps reduce stress and anxiety levels, it’s important to first understand what happens to your body when you’re stressed or have anxiety.
Stress and your body
When you feel stressed by something happening around you, whether it be an event or too many stimuli happening at once, your body reacts by releasing chemicals into the blood. The chemicals that are released give you more strength and energy, which can be either a good or bad thing.
If the stress is caused by physical danger, the chemicals released can help you get out of a dangerous situation. However, if the stress is in response to something emotional, many people have a hard time finding an outlet for the excess energy and strength within them.
Without properly releasing the energy and strength, you can become tired, sick, and unable to concentrate properly.
Anxiety and your body
Anxiety is a mental health disorder that can be caused by many variables such as brain chemistry, genetics, medical factors, withdrawal, and most times environmental factors – such as stress.
Excessive anxiety is most commonly triggered by stress from day-to-day activities. The anxiety caused by stress can be strong enough to interfere with doing everyday tasks. Even though anxiety is usually caused by outside forces, it can emerge from someone telling themselves that the worst will happen.
How can cryotherapy help manage stress and anxiety?
Cold exposure takes advantage of the use of cold temperature on the body. When exposed to the cold, your nervous system will become stimulated, which in return will stimulate physiological reactions. This can provoke analgesic, anti-swelling, hormonal, immune, and circulatory system responses.
The response you receive from the stimulated hormones allows your body to release concentrations of adrenaline, noradrenaline, adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), cortisone, endorphins, and oxytocin – all of which are anti-anxiety hormones, which can, in most cases, lower anxiety levels and improve your mood.
Cognitive function improvement
Releasing endorphins and serotonin not only can improve your mood, but can also sharpen cognitive functions. Our cognitive functions are areas of our brain that include intellectual activity and mental processes. An improvement in cognitive functions leads to a decrease in stress and anxiety, as your mental processes begin to activate and become stimulated.
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