14 Mar 2021: Stress-baking goes beyond just a hobby; here are its benefits
The one hobby that attained a cult status during the pandemic was baking, or should I say stress baking?
Hashtag #stressbaking was trending everywhere and it was impossible to scroll down social media feeds without at least one baked goody post.
But did you know that this new-found obsession goes beyond just being a hobby, and has a host of other health benefits too?
Accomplishment: Experimental process that lets you unleash your creative side
Baking for a loved one is a fulfilling task and it is a priceless feeling when your work is appreciated.
It is an experimental process that lets you unleash your creative side. From the combination of ingredients to decorating the cake - you are in charge of your creation.
Needless to say, the joy of feeding yourself and a loved one is exuberant.
Positive: There's a positive correlation between baking and psychological functioning
Have you ever seen a grumpy baker? Well, don't be surprised because baking, in general, is said to be a positive experience, and is believed to leave the baker in a happy space.
Studies have found a positive correlation between everyday creative activities and psychological functioning.
So, much like painting or drawing, baking is an art and the creative process leaves the artist happy.
Stress-buster: Baking is like mindful meditation, keeps stressful thoughts away
Mindful meditation is all about living in the moment.
It is about slowing down the mind against racing thoughts and concentrating on what is in front of us, and baking is just that.
Being present is one of the topmost necessities when it comes to baking.
Using our touch, smell, and taste during baking helps in keeping away stressful thoughts and keeps us calm.
Communication: A form of communication, more gets expressed than words
There are times when you may not be able to communicate your mind to your loved ones, especially in tough times like these.
During such unforeseen circumstances, baking for your loved ones can communicate a lot more than words can.
So, the next time you want to show a dear one that you care, put on that apron and bake them a goody.