Why Cooking is Therapeutic

Capture Sunshine: Why Cooking is Therapeutic

One of my favourite ways to unwind on a weekend is to cook up a delicious plate of food. It might be something that I used to cook during my dorm days or if i’m feeling adventurous, I might flip the pages of the cookbook and try out a new recipe. I do not love cooking, but I do like how it makes me feel when I am done in the kitchen. It’s relaxing, comforting and the reward is well-earned!

It forces you to be mindful

Cooking is one of those activities that forces you to involve all your senses. you keep an eye on the flame, hear the sizzling and crackling, smell the aroma, touch and taste of course – all contributing to give an integral experience of sensations.

This way when youโ€™re focusing on the moment , youโ€™re not thinking of the past or worrying about future problems. Instead you’re just in the present moment where you’re cooking to treat yourself!

It is a creative experience

An interesting thing to note is, cooking is an activity in which two people can replicate the same recipe and the taste will be different. The same person can cook a dish in multiple ways – even changing one step or an ingredient. It’s art!

Sometimes when I don’t feel like going out to buy groceries, I’ll just wear my creative chef hat and think of all the different ways to make the most out of the ingredients I do have at home. This not only saves a lot of time and money, but now I have created a new recipe. Can I call myself a chef now?

You become good at multitasking

Although cooking involves successive steps. There are times when you have to work simultaneously. For example, while you set the dough aside to rest, you start working on the side dish. Or while the potatoes are boiling, you can chop the vegetables for the gravy. This lets you multitask in an environment where you need to be accurate on your times.

You learn to appreciate food – and everyone in the food industry

It’s hard to cook! Not anyone can cook up a delicious dish that can fill you up. You become appreciative of all the chefs and the people who have open up their restaurants, your mom and grandma who has their own magic to somehow cook a dish that comforts your soul.

You become more appreciative of how it reached your table. From a seed planted by a farmer and taken care of until it matured to a crop and then harvested. The grains then distributed, processed and transported it to the supermarket. It has taken a long way!

It makes you feel loved

Doesn’t it make your day when your partner or your friend surprises you with a home-cooked meal? It makes you feel connected to them, it makes you feel loved and taken care of. It means so much to you – one of the most thoughtful gift ever.

Likewise, a one pot pasta dish that you cooked is gonna make you feel satisfied and fulfilled way better than a bowl of chipotle.

I have been cooking away this weekend and although it doesn’t sound as glamorous, it definitely forced me to think about how meaningful cooking is in our lives.

Do you enjoy cooking? Why or why not?


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Comments

  1. Nyxinked

    I hate cooking but when I get into it I do find it relaxing. Especially mixing flour or stuff like that. I also find baking to be very relaxing.

    Thank you for sharing.

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  2. elenxmai

    I totally agree that cooking is therapeutic! It does take me forever to get round to wanting to do it though, but I’m happy once I’m stuck in. xx
    El // Welsh Wanderer

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  3. Lucy

    I love cooking. I haven’t been able to do it in awhile but when you can it’s so lovely to have something you’ve made yourself.

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      Sakshi Raina

      it just feels so rewarding and I feel I am more mindful while I eat since I now how much it takes to cook, the ingredients in there and just how grateful I’m to eat this.

  4. Lucy

    Completely agree. I haven’t been able to cook for awhile but when I did I loved it. Feels good to make something yourself.

  5. Nancy

    I love how you mentioned that cooking is therapeutic. I can agree with you – once you get the recipe down, you really start appreciating the art of cooking. I agree that it is a creative experience! I find myself having to modify the recipe often times and it’s exciting when it works out!

    Nancy โ™ฅ exquisitely.me

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  6. msarora

    I too love cooking and whenever I feel depressed and lonely I try new dish๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚sounds weird but it’s true. I feel good does not matter what the results are

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  7. justnatonya

    Cooking is so warming for the soul! You’re right, cooking teaches you to appreciate your food and those who prepared it for you way more. ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ

    I wrote a similar post on how cooking taught me be to be creative and not give up. Sometimes you make a dish and it doesn’t turn out right but with practice you learn to make it even better the next time around.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

    Such a lovely post Sakshi!๐Ÿ˜

    Natonya | https://www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

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  8. KHarris

    Somedays I love cooking and other days it’s a chore. I think it really depends on how busy the day has been! I absolutely love trying new recipes, getting creative ad enjoying some quiet time in the kitchen now and then though!

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  9. Annaleid

    I find cooking from a recipe always very stressful! But maybe I should do it more often to become good at it:P I also find doing the dishes very therapeutic ๐Ÿ™‚

    xoxo Annaleid

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      Sakshi Raina

      Thank you! Painting and writing are such great creative activities. I’m not a great painter but I share the same thoughts about writing. That’s why I love blogging as well.

  10. Trent

    Someone told me to calm my anxiety was to take up bread making, while I havenโ€™t done this yet, your post has me inspired.

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  11. johnrieber

    Agree with you on all counts…it’s the creation of something good, a perfect blend of physical and mental, and you get to bask in the tastiness of your creation!

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  12. Ellie

    I feel exactly the same about cooking. It works like it can motivate me up or calm me right the way down and sometimes even makes me think of travelling which is my favorite way to day dream!

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  13. Anya Gair

    Really loved this post! I always end up cooking and baking at the weekend and I do make a little ritual out of it. It’s so grounding and humbling to be in your own space, spending time to make a delicious meal for you and your family, going back to one of the oldest activities of humankind

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  14. Jennifer Van Haitsma

    Iโ€™m not a fan of cooking but this puts it into perspective. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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  15. Dan Udale

    I love cooking and itโ€™s for the same reasons you wrote about, it allows me to switch off and enjoy myself by dancing to music and creating something wonderful. I really enjoyed your blog post and could feel the emotion and enjoyment through your words, I think you should definitely do another post about cooking ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Sakshi Raina

      Thank you Dan. Going by all of the comments on this post really makes me think how similar we all are and how much cooking helps us in ways more than one. I’m glad you enjoyed the post xx

  16. Britt K

    Great post – and so true! Honestly, my husband does 99% of the cooking in our family, but any time that I’m feeling down or ‘off’ I find that taking that responsibility over helps me to deal with my emotions and mental state at the time.

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  17. The Violet Pages

    This is so true! My passion for cooking has really shot through the roof recently and it’s something I’m reguarly proud of. Appreciation for good food when others cook it for you is heightened to a whole new experience!! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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