A recent study by the Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia shows that chewing gum can reduce stress. A laboratory study subjected participants to stress and measured salivary cortisol levels, an indicator of stress. It was found that chewing gum helped relieve anxiety, improve alertness and reduce stress among individuals. Gum chewers showed a reduction in anxiety as compared to non-gum chewers by nearly 17 percent during mild stress and nearly 10 percent in moderate stress. For more information on the study, check out http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/119826.php .
Chewing can help to relieve the nervous energy that you may have from stress. In addition to gum, you may also want to try crunchy vegetables such as carrots, celery, radishes or cucumbers. The crunch can also help you relieve stress and vegetables are a great low calorie substitute for potato chips.