Anyone who’s baked a cake (anyone who’s baked anything!) knows that baking, in and of itself, is more than just baking. It’s a process, a science, an art and a craft. It’s spreading joy in one of the sweetest ways possible! And, according to experts, it’s actually pretty good for your mental health.
Baking (and cooking in general) is meditative.
When you meditate (or do yoga or run or exercise or sometimes occasionally stare blankly into your computer screen while doing absolutely nothing), you let go. You focus on the now, not the then or the when or the before! When you bake, your mind does the same thing. It focuses in on the task at hand and in that focus, finds contentment. Especially when the task is mixing ingredients for a Chocolate Cake with Whipped Peanut Butter Frosting.
Baking is inherently creative.
So many schools of therapy (and science!) tell us that being “creative,” whether that’s by finger painting, writing down random thoughts, cooking, or baking, is good for your mental health. What we’re really trying to say is, go ahead, throw a little cinnamon sugar in there, see what happens. After all, baking is kind of like an experiment, and these Cinnamon Bun Cookies are a testament to that fact.
Providing nourishment provides purpose!
At the end of the day, baking is about the process – the journey. But (and this is a big but), it’s also about nourishing. Nourishing the stomach, the soul and the heart, because who doesn’t love a fresh slice of cake or the first bite of a warm Matcha Chocolate Chip Banana Muffin?!
When you bake, you stimulate.
From the sound of cracking eggs to the act of stirring cake mix to the smell of fresh Cherry Almond Coffee Cake in the oven, baking stimulates the senses. These delightful little bits of stimulus actually make you feel good! They release endorphins that lift your mood and make eating said cake that much better.
Making others happy makes YOU happy.
It’s true! Along with practicing gratitude, appreciating the little things in life and spending time with supportive people, making others happy really does make you happy. So, next time you find yourself in a less-than stellar mood, turn that frown upside down by baking a Double Pineapple Upside Down Cake someone else can appreciate.