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The 99-Cent Stress Buster to Try Today

Got stress?There are lots of things to do to help manage it: massage,coffee break,long convo with your best friend.But,as research now shows,there's something else that might zap your worries.And you may have it in your purse right now ...

Got stress?There are lots of things to do to help manage it: massage,coffee break,long convo with your best friend.But,as research now shows,there's something else that might zap your worries.And you may have it in your purse right now ...

Gum!Yep,DoubleMint,Bazooka,Extra,Trident--whatever your favorite brand is--pop a piece and watch as your anxiety fades away sayresearcherswho surveyed 365 office workers and claim that the use of chewing gum may be associated with reduced stress,improved alertness and relieved anxiety.OK,so the survey was conducted by Wrigley (you know,the gum company),but heck it's not going to cost you a lot to pop a piece and see if the findings are true for you.I clench my teeth/jaw,so gum-chewing has always been a good tension-relieving strategy for me.

__P.S.What do you think of thatDoubleMint commercialwith Chris Brown?__Confession: I think he'sadorable,even more so inthis clipof him singing with Elmo on Sesame Street.If gum's not working for you,watching Chris Brown sing with Elmo may just do the trick to zap your stress.Watch it and let me know what you think!(Side note: Am I crazy for wanting to download this song on my iPod?Yep,thought so.)

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