Weekly Mantra: Chewing Gum To Deal With Stress

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IN BRIEF: In this post Professional Counsellor Shaifali offers insight into why and how CHEWING GUM can reduce STRESS LEVELS. Some further reading sources are included too.

We often face situations when we feel stressed out and are unable to handle, also our mind goes completely blank. Exams, interviews, date, social gathering etc. Such situations keep cropping up, can we always run away from them? No!

So What To Do?

Here is a small easy tip for you to handle your nervousness and anxiety – When approaching a situation where you know you can lose control, try chewing gum as if we are ‘eating’ something. Our brains consider it as a non-threatening situation and it gets tricked if you do so.

When we are eating our brain takes it as “I would not be eating if I were in danger. So I’m not in danger’. This can help you to stay calm and to think in order to handle the situation.

A 2008 study led by Australian researcher Andrew Scholey, a professor of behavioural and brain sciences at Swinburne University in Melbourne, showed that gum chewing reduced the stress hormone cortisol in study participants. They reported feeling less stressed and more alert.

Benefits Of Chewing Gum

  • Gum has some benefits over other stress-reduction techniques.
  • It is inexpensive, readily available and is acceptable to chew almost anywhere.
  • Other people may notice and be annoyed if you close your eyes for a quick meditation during a stressful meeting or conversation, and you may not have enough time for exercise or yoga after a bad day. You can easily and subtly slip a piece of gum into your mouth in most circumstances.
  • The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension office advises that sugar-free gum may prevent stress-related weight gain by acting as a substitute for snacking when you are agitated.

Here Are More Resources For Further Reading

Shaifali Verma

She is Masters in Counseling Psychology and also holds a Diploma in Life skills and Reproductive Health from Christ University.She is experienced in dealing with adolescent , relationship issues, transgenders and psychological trauma in relation to cancer and health issues.Shaifali believes in teamwork, effective communication and spreading & sharing smiles.There's one philosophy that she lives by - There's positivity in each and everyone of us, which when tapped and directed correctly, brings out the best in us.Through YourDOST she wishes to spread smiles by letting people share their burden, bring out their positive side and make them feel empowered.