Preparing your favourite dishes can be the best way to relieve stress and make you feel fuller. Discover how cooking can be the best ‘therapy’ …
Many studies have found that cooking can be a very good activity for our health and emotional stability and therefore quite therapeutic. Some patients with disorders such as anxiety and depression have had very good results after practising their cooking skills. The secret is that cooking gives us a series of goals that are easy to meet and therefore improve our mood.
Other benefits of cooking for your mental health is that following a recipe or even baking a cake can increase your levels of concentration and confidence. Also, if we focus on making healthy recipes, the perception of our body can change favourably. Being aware of what we consume every day and making the right decisions regarding the ingredients we use can also change our eating habits and strengthen our immune system.
Cooking can also increase your creativity: as we prepare certain dishes, our curiosity about how they work and how to combine certain ingredients increases, especially when baking something. This makes us look for different recipes, ingredients and even new challenges in the kitchen. That is why our creativity increases and so does the confidence that comes from doing something new.
It is proven that cooking can also be an excellent way to socialize, strengthen our interpersonal relationships, increase our self-esteem and improve our quality of life.
The best of all? Cooking represents an immediately rewarding activity since, in the end, there is always something we can eat. In addition, making several recipes at home improves our economy since we spend less on junk food and we can spend more time with the family.