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Stay in and cook to relieve anxiety and save money at home

Most are aware of the cost-savings benefits of cooking food at home, but a lot of folks aren’t up to speed on the mental health benefits of cooking at home. Ever heard of “therapeutic cooking” or “kitchen therapy”? It’s real, it’s awesome! We can personally attest to the many benefits of cooking something at home (especially from the mental health side).


I hate when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients.”

Anonymous

Escape all the other crap in your life by getting in the kitchen, learning a new recipe, and entering your “flow state”.

Find 3 new recipes this week and cook them at home.

Most are aware of the cost-savings benefits of cooking food at home, but a lot of folks aren’t up to speed on the mental health benefits of cooking at home.  Ever heard of “therapeutic cooking” or “kitchen therapy”?  It’s real, it’s awesome!  We can personally attest to the many benefits of cooking something at home (especially from the mental health side).

Whether you’re still reading the directions on a box of Easy Mac or you’re trading industry secrets with Chef Roy Choi, select 3 recipes slightly above your skill level this week and get to cooking.  Look online for beginner, intermediate, and advanced recipes….there are literally thousands to choose from. Pick 3 where the tasty reward at the end is worth the journey. 

“Feel like cooking gets you into a calmer state? You’re not alone. Cooking can feel like a meditation practice. Many of my clients describe cooking as ‘being in the zone,’ a feeling in which they lose track of time and just focus on the task at hand. 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, Therapist speaking to Bustle

Sources:
Emotional Benefits of Cooking That’ll Make You Want to Actually Use Your Kitchen
Kitchen Therapy: Cooking Up Mental Well-Being
Cooking for Mental Health


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