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Cooking and the feeling of control

Cooking is soothing and empowering as you can be present in the moment. There is routine and a quietness about reading a recipe, and putting together a dish while you use your senses, smelling the aromas coming together.

With baking, you can do something that makes you have more control. You can read something, and in 30 minutes, you'll end up with a product that feels wonderfully satisfying.

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Benefits of baking

Benefits of baking

Research shows there may be beneficial effects to baking, like less stress, emotion management and social connection.

Spending time in the kitchen is a kind of self-care that's desperately needed during the long months of isolation.

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Getting your hands dirty

Getting your hands dirty

The simple mechanics of cooking can make the activity appealing and stimulate crucial brain centres. Researchers found that repetitive behaviours like chopping or kneading can decrease stress and anxiety.

Cooking on your own can increase the feeling of social interaction,...

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Getting creative with baking

Many of us instinctively know that a few hours in the kitchen gathering and chopping ingredients and getting creative can make us feel better.

Accomplishing small, creative tasks can make us feel happier. One study found that participants reported more positive emotions wh...

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