Cooking is a staple in day-to-day living, but it provides more than just delicious food. Now more than ever, we need a sense of control and ways to distract ourselves. Baking can actually be very therapeutic, fun, and great learning activity for kids. It’s an extra treat filled with the right amount of sweet to match your taste buds.
It gives structure. While you can experiment with a recipe, there are still some rules you should follow. The step-by-step process forces you to focus on one task at a time. You need to pay attention to the directions, so you add the ingredients correctly. In a way, it’s a form of a meditation session, forcing your mind to focus on one task.
Repetition calms you. There are processes you do over and over again. Measuring, mixing, kneading (depending on what you’re making). The sense of repetition has a calming effect because you know what needs to be done. Even stopping to look at the directions is all part of that steady flow baking.
It’s an escape. On top of the repetitious nature, it’s the perfect escape from whatever has been stressing you out. While you’re focusing on the recipe, you’re not thinking about the events of the day, yesterday, or what you need to do later. It allows your mind to relax.
There’s a sense of control. Baking has a general start and ends time, but it comes down to your process. You’re the one in control of how long it takes, giving you a feeling of purpose.
The result is always worth it. After you’ve gone through the process of making that delicious cakes, a batch of cookies, brownies, and more—even a loaf of your favorite bread. You’ve created sweet and savory treats you can enjoy for a little while.
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