Why Baking Is Good for Your Mental Health

"It's a form of meditation and can contribute to stress relief ..."

It turns out that there are psychological benefits to baking that reach far beyond the end result. At the Huffington Post, Julie R. Thomson spoke to psychologists about why baking can not just be good for your sweet tooth, but for your mental health. Not only is baking a creative outlet, it's also a profound source of stress relief. In fact, the act of assembling a cake or a pan of brownies can by a kind of meditation. 

"Baking actually requires a lot of full attention," explained Donna Pincus, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences at Boston University. "You have to measure, focus physically on rolling out dough. If you’re focusing on smell and taste, on being present with what you’re creating, that act of mindfulness in that present moment can also have a result in stress reduction."

Besides, because food has emotional significance, the act of making food to give to someone can promote a sense of wellbeing. It's nourishment in the literal sense, but it also provides real benefits to the baker. So the next time you're feeling overwhelmed, it might be worth breaking out your apron and picking up a cookbook.