The connection between eating and health is no secret. And, of course, food is closely connected with our emotions. Who hasn’t celebrated some momentous event with a gourmet meal or try to drown their sorrows with a pint of ice cream?
But the actual act of cooking is often overlooked. If you’re one of those people who find cooking to be a chore, rethink your approach to cooking and consider the benefits that the act of cooking itself can offer.
Cooking for Relaxation
Far too many people view cooking as a chore. Instead, approach cooking from a state of mindfulness. Just as many people turn to yoga or meditation for their mental health and self-care practices, cooking can fulfill the same purpose.
Cooking is a perfect time to disconnect your brain from all of the stresses of life and focus on the moment. Let all of your senses absorb the information coming at them. The cooking process allows you to utilize touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound to craft a well-cooked dish. Plus, the process of cooking is followed by the emotional rewards that come from eating.
Cooking for Mental Stimulation and Creative Satisfaction
Many of us need an opportunity to break out of the mentally draining routines of our day to day lives. With the rise of makerspaces, community flea markets, Etsy, and other resources, creative pursuits are enormously popular. Cooking allows you to satisfy this need.
Cooking offers the opportunity to learn new skills and experiment with ingredients you may have never tasted before.
With all of the resources offered online, learn new techniques or improve ones you’re already familiar with. Experiment with new recipes or combine different recipes’ approaches into something that is your own.
And the best part of satisfying your creative urges through cooking is that you get to eat the results of your process. Or you can give the food you cook to friends or coworkers and earn some brownie points.
Life can be stressful. We all need a chance to decompress and unwind. For too many people, cooking is just another stressor. But it doesn’t have to be. Reframe your approach to cooking and you can turn it into an emotional retreat and a chance to flex your creative muscles.
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