Searching for ways to remedy down days and periods of your life can be both exhausting and a task you tend to procrastinate. Cooking is an easily accessible way to introduce creativity, a sense of achievement and produces healthy and productive outcomes.
Here at 5 reasons why cooking is good for your mental health, and why you should invest your time into the kitchen.
- Feeling a sense of achievement
Cooking itself can be both relaxing for some and stressful for others, but there is no denying the sense of achievement after creating a homemade dish from scratch. The methodical approach to cooking allows your mind to be occupied whilst doing something for yourself.
2. Creating something
Creating anything is an incredible feeling and being able to enjoy what you have created is even better. Allocating time to cooking is a productive form of self care and once you allow yourself to get into it, it can be incredibly therapeutic.
3. Improves your relationship with food
Cooking homemade dishes is a great way to know what you are putting into your body and creating dishes that fit to your diet and what you like. For example, Dr Susan Moore, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, says that children’s relationship with food is largely better if their parents encourage them to cook alongside them in the kitchen.
Cooking is a process and from start to finish its about organisation and creativity. Even researching new recipes to try is an exciting part of the process, buying the groceries, and setting time aside for actually making the food. Working on something from start to finish and getting your desired result is cathartic and productive and makes you focus on the task at hand.
5. New recipes
Finding new recipes to create with your family is not only creating an activity you can all do together but it is a way to connect with each other and spending time together being creative. Even the process of searching through delicious dishes to find something you would love to make is a great way to research how to make healthier choices as well as more nutritious foods, which in itself not only allows you to have a better outlook with food but allows you to try new things!