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In our earlier post, we discussed activities like yoga and meditation and how it serves a major stress reliever.
These techniques are proven, but you can’t always just close your eyes and meditate if you are in the middle of a project, stressful meeting, or dealing with family and friends.
Today’s tip is an activity that you can partake in no matter where you are or what you are doing: chewing gum.
Remember the stress balls we used to use back in the day? Chewing gum is like our modern day stress ball.
Chronic stress can be detrimental to your memory and concentration because your mind is focused on worry.
Multiple studies have shown that chewing gum can boost cognitive functions including concentration, memory, and reaction times. This boost occurs is driven by the act of chewing, which helps increase blood flow and oxygen to the brain.
“Chewing gum can help keep us in the moment by activating multiple senses at once,” explains Dr. Jennifer O’Donnell at Providence Medical Group. “Taking time to notice multiple senses at one time really helps to keep you present.”
Let's be more loving and self-aware, lets limit and minimize stress where we can!
It takes 3 weeks to develop a new habit. So take the time to be proactive with our 21-Day Stress Management Challenge.
Missed a day? Check out tips from Day 1-Day 11 below!
Day 1: Get Outside
Day 2: Laugh
Day 3: Meditation
Day 4: Journaling
Day 5: Me Time
Day 6: Yoga
Day 7: Vitamins and Supplements
Day 8: Reduce Caffeine
Day 9: Essential Oils
Day 10: Cut Back On Procrastination
Day 11: Light a Candle