Cooking is a great way to heal. It can relax tensed nerves, comfort the broken-hearted, remedy boredom, and help alleviate depression and anxiety. It is therapeutic, and whether or not it is fattening, it is no doubt effective.
Finding Happiness In Cooking
For a lot of us, if we make the time, cooking does take plenty of energy. It is quite hard for those who typically do the daily chores because just when they think all work is done, they’ll have to stand another hour or two in the kitchen to do more work. However, “For someone who battles negative thoughts, worries, and is constantly bombarded with doubt, fear, shame, cooking can be a healthy outlet to bring peace and serenity into their headspace.” Justyna Wawrzonek, LCSW, LADC, said.
If you’re one of those people, try to think about changing your ‘exhausting’ time in your kitchen into a time for nourishment and restoration of the body and mind. Cooking doesn’t have to be a draining activity if you find ways to make it a productive chore that would make your family happy. It’s not always possible, but perhaps on busy days, you can ask your husband to watch over the children while you’re preparing something special.
Close the kitchen door and tell your family that you’re cooking their favorite and you want to concentrate on doing it perfectly. If you can work better in a silent space, then it’s okay. But if you want to add excitement to the ambiance, listen to some music, something you can sing along with. When you’re happy while you’re cooking, you’re more likely to deliver a delicious meal.
Creating Your Cooking Space And Mood
A lot of moms would claim that cooking helped them overcome their postpartum and menopausal issues. They would find time alone from the kids and just cook their problems away. It can be sort of your ‘time out’ from all the worries and concerns that you’re thinking about. One stay-at-home says that when she felt like she couldn’t handle her life, she would just turn off the ‘problem switch’ and cook. She gets so focused on the cooking that she forgets what she was worried about in the first place. Yes, truly, cooking is healing.
Cooking Can Be A Form Of Meditation
“Cooking helps mental health in that it can be a creative outlet. It’s a way to channel energy, can be used as a distraction, help build mastery in a skill, and a way to express emotions through a different medium.” Counselor Nicole Lambert noted. For people who can’t find time to run, work out, or exercise to release the negativity within them, cooking can be a very potent alternative. Some might run to hobbies like calligraphy, knitting, or home makeovers. Why not try cooking? The smell of food and spices is stimulating to the soul and eating a hearty meal feeds the soul. Make cooking your kind of meditation, a practice you can do to get rid of your mental and emotional issues.
Don’t Think Of Cooking As Chaotic Activity
Cooking can put your kitchen into a mess but know that you can create harmony and wellness amidst the disorder. It can’t be compared to a messy living room or bedroom that smells like used socks. The chaos smells delicious and happy. Let your family help with the cleaning up. If you’re not too temperamental, they can join you while you’re cooking so they can start throwing garbage and washing the dishes. It can be your family’s way of bonding and talking about your day. It depends on how you want the activity to be. Let it cultivate creativity instead of chaos. “The most helpful definition of being positive is having hope and confidence in one’s ability to handle what’s tough, along with remembering that nothing is all negative all the time,” explains Jo Eckler, PsyD, a therapist in Austin, Texas
Reminders About Cooking
- Cooking can be a great way to de-stress.
- It can serve as a creative activity, and the kitchen can be a creative space.
- If you feel like your senses are blunted, activate them by cooking. The activity uses a lot of our touch, taste, smell, vision, and even hearing.
- If you cook for the people you love, your heart is filled with appreciation.
- Cooking provides a means to feel good about yourself and life as a whole.
- It allows the soul to feel grateful and humble.
- Cooking is the quickest way to fix heartache.
When we come to understand and realize that we can experience healing when we cook, the feeling is one of self-fulfillment. We realize that we can mend our broken hearts by simply doing it by ourselves or getting help from family and friends, and just cooking a meal.
We don’t need to always go on an expensive vacation to forget our worries. We can prepare a home-cooked meal that we learned from Grandma and feel gratified right after eating it. We can make cooking something that we can pass to our children, something that grounds them and helps them remember the importance of family.