Baking for wellness: how baking positively impacts your mental health

Baking for wellness: how baking positively impacts your mental health

During times of crisis, we tend to look to our friends and family for help - but seeking help from those closest to us is not always possible, especially during lockdown.


So when I can't look to others to help lift my spirits, one thing I've discovered to help my mental health is baking! And not just cookies - cakes, breads and all the savory treats.


Practicing self care is important. Here are some of the reasons why baking can positively impact on your mental health too.

Kneading bread

1. Baking has a meditative effect 🧘


Baking has a relaxing, meditative effect on us. It allows your body and mind to relax and focus all of your attention on what you’re doing - measuring, beating, kneading, whatever.


These repetitive tasks allow you to exert energy into something else so that you can retain a calm, positive attitude. Zen!

 

Getting creative with Christmas cookies

2. Creativity


There is a strong connection between creativity and overall well-being.

You might paint or craft as a way to relieve stress - baking has this same effect. It gets your creative juices flowing! And who doesn’t love a beautifully decorated cake or a cookie dough base ‘pizza’?

Baking together

3. It brings people together


Baking has the ability to bring people together. 


Some of my fondest memories is helping my mum out in the kitchen. She is an avid baker and it still remains one of our favorite things to do together - where we can both unwind and talk openly.

Do you also bake or cook to relieve stress or anxiety? Leave a comment down below and let me know what your go to recipe is.

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