No doubt in this era of technology, everyone wants something readymade. In other services and food, people are so busy in their daily lives that they don’t have much time to spend on cooking. So they go for readymade options from the food outlets like Subway, KFC, McDonald’s and Burger King etc. But we all know that outside food is not fair daily. So cooking is essential. We can cook healthy food at home, and along with health, there are numerous benefits of cooking, which help us uplift our mood.
Some of the benefits of cooking are:
While working continuously on the computer, one feels exhausted and drained. So to clear your head, you need something which can act as a therapy. Cooking is the activity that will help you to get rid of the tension or the stress built up. When you cook, you need to get your hands dirty; you do something more physical, which helps you break up your day’s routine and kick your mental exhaustion.
Cooking is an activity that will require your full attention. When you weigh the butter or sugar or when you whisk the eggs, you get calmer. I would even say coking can have that meditative or soothing quality because you get to slow down and focus.
You feel much more serene and relaxed. And the good thing is that you can then enjoy the food you prepared with your family and friends.
Make you happier:
This goes beyond your stress issue. Studies have shown that cooking can be a therapeutical activity. Even just baking cupcakes or something simple has shown to improve an individual’s mindset. The reason is simple when you cook; you stimulate your senses the feel of new flour you bought at the market, the smell of those fresh strawberries, the sound of the whisk beating, all those things can stimulate your senses, which contributes to get more endorphins, those feel-good hormones that put smile on your face.
The other reason is that when you focus on the present moment, on your ingredients, you cannot ruminate over your problems, you have to leave them aside. This helps you be more emotionally stronger and as a result, happier in general.
Boost your confidence:
When you spend hours baking a cake, getting the measurements of each ingredient exactly right and preparing your icing to decorate it once it’s baked and cooled down, you start icing your cake and decorate it exactly as you want to. In the end, you feel a strong sense of accomplishment, and when you finally cut into the cake to share it with your family, you can be proud that you were the one who made it.
This is a bit like when you get that surge of confidence every time you finish a project and show others results.
This simple accomplishment can boost your self-esteem and build up your confidence to try new ideas, mostly if you were not a good cook to start with because you know that you can do things you were not good at, to begin with, a little effort with.
Help you to deal with depression:
On a serious note! In many health clinics, cooking is used as a part of treatment for many mental conditions like anxiety, depression and addiction.
While cooking, patients focus their mind on something more positive. This process helps to cope up with negative thinking and boost their confidence.
Bring the family together:
Cooking is a fantastic way to get the whole family in one place and enjoying a delicious meal. Good food is a fantastic way to motivate people to get together and socialize. When you create a cultural dish, you can discover different flavours and give your family a chance to experience different food types that they otherwise would have never tasted.
Makes you more creative:
Cooking is not a step by step activity. You don’t even have to cook something straight out of a recipe book. The thing is after you have been cooking good food for a few months you will begin to get the hang of it, and you will have learnt a range of different cooking methods.
Eventually, you will be making dishes that have specific tastes that your family will crave for. Thus your family will come back for more.
Cooking as a group activity:
Cooking is a fantastic way for you to spend the afternoon with your kids while teaching them s life lesson or two at the same time. Some of the reasons that are teaching your kids how to cook can be beneficial to their lives:
- It can bring you and your children closer together.
- It is a life skill that they will use in the future.
- Learning to cook encourages your children to taste new foods.
Studies have shown that by teaching them to cook, they are more likely to eat healthier. Cooking is a fun way to teach your kids to learn measurements and basic math.
Thus there are so many benefits of cooking, and that’s why it is essential to cook food at home because along with Healthy food it also helps us to go out and socialize, this is much cheaper than eating out. You can make some quick cash for yourself, overall cooking at home is the best way to reduce stress and feel happier! So we do it very often!