Stereotypes aside, everyone belongs in the kitchen. And you should definitely try cooking and baking if you’re interested in enjoying a meal while gaining plenty of psychological benefits.
Recently, more councilors have started to use cooking and baking as forms of behavioral therapy, particularly for people who suffer from anxiety and depression.
Councilors suggest that cooking can soothe stress and curb negative feelings because the cook will be focusing on following a certain recipe. It may even help increase self-esteem.
By focusing on the process of cooking, people’s goal-oriented behavior is increased while procrastination and passivity attitudes are decreased. Depression feelings are also alleviated by the positive activity.
Succeeding to make a dish also gives the cook a sense of accomplishment and reward. The reward and joy are increased when someone enjoys the prepared meal; the cook knows s/he made someone happy.
These effects are proved by a study published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy. It showed that baking classed boosted participants’ confidence and concentration.
For more psychological benefits, one can share the cooking and eating process with other people to increase social skills and confidence.
So… Are you going to start cooking and baking soon?