Cooking and baking are great ways of feeling good about yourself and what you are doing. One reason is that it produces great dishes that everyone you love can sit and enjoy. According to recent research baking has been found to have therapeutic properties which will helps alleviate mental afflictions such as anxiety disorder and depression. Mental health issues are more common than meets the naked eye. At least one in four people will battle a mental health issue at any point in their life. Therefore, we can safely assume that baking is a great way to help you without the chemicals. However, maybe stick to the healthy versions so that you do not take in too much sugar.
Baking is part cuisine part meditation
Have you felt that soothing feeling that envelopes you as you weight the exact amounts of flour, butter and sugar, then count the eggs one by one and continue to beat your cake mixture into the perfect creamy smooth batter? It fills quite fulfilling doesn’t it? Research says that the repetitive processes of whisking, beating, mixing and folding have the ability of drawing your conscious away from negativity by creating a sort of vacuum in your mind. Great isn’t it?
Baking helps to positively stimulate your senses
Everything about baking is a sensory positive. Who has not run their fingers through the fine flour and felt content? Who has not listened to the monotonous sound of the blender and found uniformity in it? And especially, who does not like the smell and taste of that perfect final product? From cookies to pineapple tarts in Singapore to crumbles and desserts, baking is appealing. It feels good, it smells good and it tastes good. It has been studied that baking helps to release endorphins in the human body.
It is an act of selflessness
Often we choose to cook for those we love. Why? Because it is one of the most intimate ways in which you can show them just how special they are to you. You would not be cooking for every other person on the street right? This act of feeding and nourishing others is in itself healing. If you put in a lot of effort into carefully picking healthy ingredients, matching them and creating something unique out of everyday recipes, this effect increases even more. Sometimes the only way to heal a hurt mind is to heal somebody else first.
Baking helps you unlock hidden creativity
Once you put in so much effort to get the batter right, you would not want to just send it out looking plain would you? Instead, you would get creative. You will try news flavours, different colours, textures and shapes. You will add personal touches of your own and even come up with your own recipes. Psychology has proven that the perfectionism required to successfully bake helps unlock hidden creativity. This will automatically make you feel good about yourself.