There’s a substance out there that people are using every day to cure anxiety. Something that millions of students around the world are starting to use. No more overthinking, sweaty palms, irrational fears, headaches or dizziness. Anxiety is no more. The best part? It costs less than $2 for a dozen doses. So what’s the substance?
Ever wonder why people who are quitting smoking are told to chew gum instead? Gum is one of the best ways to relieve anxiety but only for one reason. If you looked up the ingredients of gum online and you’re wondering how Maltitol, Xylitol, Sorbitol or whatever ingredient ending in ‘tol’ can affect you… you’re thinking in the wrong direction. The real reason gum’s effective is because you’re constantly chewing and it’s tricking your brain!
Your brain is continuously gauging whether you are in danger or if you are safe. As your cortisol levels rise from stress and anxiety, that danger switch is turned on. Want to turn it off? Chewing is the answer. As far as your brain is concerned, if you’re able to be eating/chewing, you are most likely safe. Therefore your body can relax and lower these cortisol levels. Goodbye stress and hello happiness. The next time you have a public speech, a big exam, a tiring work project, or an in-law coming to town, chew some gum instead and relax for once!
Side note: A cool fact about chewing/eating is that it affects “articulatory motor programming” — that is, the motor skills involved in speech — which means if you have a song stuck in your head, eating/chewing will help reduce the chance of it staying stuck! You can thank The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology for publishing that research in case you ever want to look up other psychology studies.