Archive for May, 2010
Downloads Unwrapped - May 2010Stop chewing gum – there are easier ways to feel calm! Years ago a man emailed to ask me why he felt more confident in situations that would normally cause him anxiety when… he chewed gum. Interesting question (and quite random), but the answer is simple. When we become anxious the body ‘switches off’ anything not essential to immediate survival. If you fear you are about to be eaten by a bear, then you don’t need to be eating. The need to eat (and digest) is cast aside during emergency in favor of the need to get out of there fast. Blood leaves the gut to fuel the muscles for action. The mouth becomes dry as the salivary glands take a back seat. But if we make ourselves salivate ‘artificially’ by chewing gum (or even just swirling the tongue around in the mouth) we start to feel calmer. Why? Because the feedback that an increase in the flow of saliva in your mouth gives to the rest of your body is that: “Hey! This can’t really be a threatening situation, or I wouldn’t have saliva in my mouth, would I?” So pretty rapidly your blood pressure, breathing, sweat response and so forth returns to normal. And that’s why I reckoned this guy felt more confident when he chewed gum. On the other hand, chronic chewing:
- can mess with your digestion because your gut keeps expecting food to arrive and so produces digestive juices that aren’t needed
- makes you look like a slob – would you be happy to employ/date someone who never stopped chewing?
Full hypnosis download Stop chewing gum
People start chewing gum for different reasons. Producing saliva may calm people down – because the fight or flight mechanism gets the message that there can’t be anything too scary going on else you wouldn’t be ‘eating’. So - weirdly - chewing gum can make people feel more relaxed. But it also makes you look as if you don’t really care about anything much. Imagine someone on a date, or being interviewed, chewing gum. It wouldn’t do much for the impression they make. It also tends to get stuck on the floor and certainly isn’t great for the environment.
Constant chewing and extra saliva production also stimulates the digestive system to digest. But no food arrives – leaving the acidic digestive juices sloshing about in the stomach lining with nothing to do.
There are much better ways to relax than chewing gum. The new stop chewing gum hypnotic download for hypnosisdownloads.com should help all those chewers who want to stop.
All the best