Does baking really make you happier? I usually bake over weekends. Especially when I have had a bad week and just need to distress.
Former Great British Bake-off winner John Whaite has been known to say that baking helps lift his depression, as it’s a way of channeling all the negative energy into creating something positive.
According to the Wall Street Journal. “Many cooks know what a sanctuary the kitchen can be. Now, some health-care clinics and counselors are using cooking or baking as therapy tools for people suffering from depression, anxiety and other mental-health problems”.
They say that “The courses are often partly aimed at teaching healthy cooking and eating skills to people living tough, chaotic lives. Counselors say the classes also soothe stress, build self-esteem and curb negative thinking by focusing the mind on following a recipe. Often the courses are part of a larger treatment plan that can also include talk therapy or medication”.
They also mention that “Psychologists are saying cooking and baking are pursuits that fit a type of therapy known as behavioral activation. The goal is to alleviate depression by boosting positive activity, increasing goal-oriented behavior and curbing procrastination and passivity”.
How does baking make you feel?