Can Baking Lead to less Stress?
We all in this day & age, we all go through some form of stress everyday. It is a known medical fact that stress can have direct impact on your health. Well today, we have some good news for you.
Recent studies have shown that cooking can actually help in reducing stress. Sounds absurd right? Cooking helps you take mind off things. In some ways it works like meditation. While you are meditating you are essentially focusing on your breath, or yourself, and this helps to ignore your concerns. Cooking does the same for you.
Furthermore, activities like baking, take your attention level a step further, and can prove to be highly effective to combat stress. Today we share Top 5 reasons as to how baking can be your perfect companion against stress.
Repetition is the Key
When meditation, you are told to focus on your breath continuously. You are essentially focusing on a repetitive task i.e. breathing. Similarly, while baking you engage in many repetitive tasks too. Whisking eggs, adding sugar and butter, keeps your mind away from those negative tasks.
Good Ol’ memories
Right from your childhood, your mind tends to associate few things with positivity. Holiday season is accompanied by the smell of the flour, or the sound of the blender. All these are hard-wired into your brain as ‘happy memories’. So when you start mixing flour or power up the blender, a powerful chemical known as endorphin is released. Endorphins help reducing pain and in a way initiate positivity in your mind.
Attention to Detail
Sometimes delicate things like frosting require extreme concentration. Those scrumptious cupcakes or those fluffy layers of cake require attention to detail. This again frees your mind from negative thoughts.
Also if you like to experiment with your dish, or try out some new recipes, then this boosts the creative side of your brain, and significant drop in stress levels is observed.
So next, time you feel a bit overwhelmed, power up your mixer, and start baking.
Those Happy Faces
Nothing beats the joy, of seeing the faces of your friends & family light up after eating your food. And if you pair your dishes, with healthy ingredients, your ‘feel-good’ level goes over the moon.
Sense of Fulfillment
Finally, when you savor your dessert, a sense of fulfilment engulfs your body. Your worked hard for your dish, and its time to enjoy it.
So, if stress seams to weigh you down, lift your sprits up, by baking that delicious cake.