With the start of the Great British bake-off we want to encourage people to get in the kitchen! Not only will you create some yummy food, according to a growing range of sources in both the culinary and mental health worlds. Baking has been found to have therapeutic value which helps to ease depression and anxiety.
Baking helps beat the blues
Mary Berry once said, “If you’re feeling a bit down, a bit of kneading helps.” Baking can create comforting and nurturing feelings, which can help your mental wellbeing.
Any activity which takes your whole attention – especially if it's simple and repetitive – such as weighing out ingredients or whisking eggs can have a calming, meditative quality.
Baking boosts your confidence
Even if it doesn’t turn out to be an Insta-worthy creation, the British Journal of Occupational Therapy found that baking boosted confidence and provided a sense of achievement. Taking pleasure and pride in something you’ve created can significantly boost your self-esteem and sense of self-worth. Ps, if it doesn’t look good, we are sure it will still taste amazing!
Baking stimulates the senses
The feel of the flour, the sound of the blender, and of course the smell! All these experiences stimulate the senses, which in turn increases your feel-good endorphins.
Baking is creative
Psychologists have found a strong connection between creative expression and overall wellbeing – so experiment with that recipe or make that frosting the prettiest it can be.
Makes others happy
One of the best things about baking is that you can enjoy your creations with others-putting a smile on their faces– which in turn will make you happy. So what have you got to lose?