The connection between eating and health is no secret. And, of course, food is closely connected with our emotions. Who hasn’t celebrated a momentous event with a gourmet meal or try to drown their sorrows with a pint of ice cream?
However, the actual act of cooking is often overlooked. If you find cooking to be more of a chore, rethink your approach to cooking and consider the benefits that the process of cooking can offer.
Cooking is a perfect time to disconnect from the stresses of life and focus on the present moment. Let all of your senses absorb the tastes, smells, and sounds to craft a well-cooked dish. Plus, the process of cooking is followed by the reward of a hearty home-cooked meal.
Approach cooking from a state of mindfulness. Just as many people turn to yoga or meditation for their mental health, cooking can fulfill the same purpose. Many of us need an opportunity to break out of the routines of our daily lives. A new recipe is just that opportunity.
Reframe your approach to cooking and you can turn it into an emotional retreat and a chance to flex your creative muscles. For more tips, check out the visual below by Kitchen Cabinet Kings for 8 ways cooking is like self-care.