February 08, 2021
Why are people turning to baking to help boost happiness and reduce stress? Here are Bakedin’s top 4 reasons to explain why baking can bring you joy!
Baking is a precise activity that requires your full attention. While you focus completely on the task at hand, you can easily slip into a mindful state where you can notice that you are baking a delicious cake by following the steps in the recipe, you are improving your baking techniques (and developing new ones!), and that you have made something that you can share with your friends, family, or colleagues.
With such a tactile activity as baking, you are often up to your elbows in cake batter, dough, or icing. While your hands are busy, there is less opportunity to mindlessly scroll social media, or check your phone, so it’s a great way to take a step away from the digital world and to fully focus on what you are creating. Even the enticing smells associated with baking can help to reduce your stress levels.
Turning a set of ingredients into a fabulous cake, made and decorated by your own fair hand is an immensely satisfying feeling, and a great way to boost your self-esteem.
The Bakedin Baking kits come with all the ingredients measured out, and neatly organised in separate, numbered bags. The provided step by step recipe card makes it very simple for you to produce a bake, from scratch, with no fuss and no waste.
Sharing your creations with family and friends, and seeing the joy it brings them is a great way to elevate your mood. Hearing compliments on your baking skills will motivate and inspire you to continue, which is another great push for your self-esteem.
There have been a number of studies that show a direct link between creative self expression and wellbeing and happiness. Baking is the perfect way to unleash your creativity. Whilst base recipes can require strict adherence, there are loads of ways to put your own signature to a bake; adding decorations, altering flavours, and adapting the presentation of your finished bake. By letting your creativity flow, you may find your emotions are better able to flow too.
Baking can be a useful tool in improving bonds with friends and family, and in embarking on new friendships. Sometimes, just showing the effort and willingness to provide a home baked treat, instead of shop bought, can go a long way to ensuring that your loved ones feel special and welcomed. The act of sitting down and sharing a bake with your family is a great way to help those around you feel loved.
When you join the Bakedin Baking or Bread Club, you can also join the Bakedin Facebook Group, which is full of like minded bakers! Our Baking Club loves nothing more than to see what other people have baked, creating a real community of support amongst our subscribers. We are so proud of it!
Why did you start baking? Let us know in the comments.
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