How to stop chewing gum for good with 13 expert tips
Of course, reflection and/or deliberate thinking isn’t always a bad thing, and can even help you learn from what you’ve experienced. But as licensed psychotherapist Babita Spinelli, LP, tells mindbodygreen, when your thoughts become obsessive or brooding, you can think of it as “being on a hamster wheel of negative thought patterns that create anxiety, phobias, OCD, and depression.”
And from there, according to neuroscientist Tara Swart, MD, rumination can actually lead to self-fulfilling prophecies in which we subconsciously confirm and repeat the same negative thoughts and feelings over and over again. “The more we think about these thoughts, the more we implement the brain pathways that believe them to be true,” Swart previously told mindbodygreen.
As you can imagine, chewing gum can seriously affect your mental health. One Analysis of 20202 Existing research on chewing has shown that chewing can worsen mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, insomnia, and impulsive behavior.
It has also been found to increase and prolong both bad mood and the body’s response to stress, negatively impact problem solving, and even interfere with therapy and psychological intervention.