Anyone who’s been here a while knows what a foodie I am.
And not just the noshing part. I especially love the cooking part. I recently bought a FIREDISC cooker, and my life changed forever. I can make virtually anything in this bad boy. And it makes me look like a gourmet.
I have a guest post and infographic I think you’re going to love, especially if you share my affinity with the language of food. Have you cooked more during the pandemic? Well, then you’ll get this post. I take comfort in cooking when I’m at home so much.
Let me know what you think!
Have you cooked more being stuck at home? You’ll love this infographic and learn how cooking is like therapy. And tell me in comments about how cooking has contributed to your self-care routine, pandemic or not.
👨🍳 Cooking Has the Same Ingredients as Therapy
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the popularity of cooking has risen like dough in a sunlit window. A survey published this year found that 54 percent of respondents have cooked more since the onset of the pandemic. It’s widely known that cooking and comfort go together like cookies and milk — who doesn’t love a good helping of comfort food? — but cooking is also scientifically proven to yield benefits similar to the ones provided by therapy and meditation.
Cooking = Therapy
At first whiff, cooking and therapy might not seem to have a lot in common. But after a more thorough taste test, it becomes clear that cooking and therapy positively impact your well-being in similar ways. Here are five ways that cooking can provide you with therapeutic benefits:
Simmer Down Stress
Research published by the British Journal of Occupational Therapy revealed that all of the participants in the study appreciated the kitchen environment. It was an environment that was safe, supportive, and free of pressure. In the kitchen, there are no deadlines, and no matter how big the failure, the most you’re going to lose is a few ingredients. The steaks are low, so now is the thyme to cook!
Cook Up Confidence
If you’ve cooked before, you’ve probably made some mistakes — bread so hard you can’t bite it, cookies so burnt you can’t tell where the chocolate chips are, pasta so overcooked you can’t pick it up. Failure is inevitable, but this trial and error build up confidence that’s valuable even outside of the kitchen. The triumphant feeling of completing a recipe — even a simple one — also contributes to confidence and gives a sense of accomplishment. So if cooking seems daunting, you can start out with some easy, kid-friendly recipes and work your way up.
Cooking is a thoughtful, methodical, and fun process that mimics meditation — and the benefits that come with it. The swift, repetitive chopping of zucchini for minestrone or the rhythmic whisking of waffle batter can lull you into a meditative state as you cook.
Heat Up Happiness
In a study published by Positive Psychology, researchers found that spending time on creative activities like cooking increased well-being, enthusiasm, and flourishing. These positive effects kicked in fast enough to be noticeable on the same day that the creative activities were performed, and were also observed in the following days. This means that cooking can leave you smiling for a while after you turn off the heat!
Calm in the Kitchen
When you cook, you can turn on the stove and shut out the outside world. As you focus on the sights, sounds, smells, and textures wafting about the kitchen, practicing mindful cooking can provide you with calm and clarity. And in addition to the benefits of mindful cooking, you also get the satisfaction of creating something delicious that you can share with your family.
So if you find some extra time on your hands, put them to work kneading, chopping, mixing, and flipping. You’ll end up with some tasty treats, mouthwatering meals, and therapeutic benefits for days.