how cooking is a form of self-care

Cooking your own meals is the best way to ensure that the foods you eat are fresh and healthy. You can save money by making your favorite family soup or pizza at home. As well as this, however, cooking, it turns out, can be highly soothing for your mental health. Cooking at home greatly affects both your physical and emotional wellbeing. Let’s have a look at how cooking can be used as a kind of self-care or therapy.

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Creates Mindfulness 

Mindfulness means paying attention just to the now. Accepting your ideas, emotions, and experiences as they are and then deciding to let them go is known to be a positive part of what mindfulness can do for your life.

Stress reduction, higher concentration, increased cognitive flexibility, and immune system stimulation are just some of the advantages of practicing mindfulness. The practice of mindfulness is often associated with disciplines like meditation and yoga, but you can also apply it to a wide range of other endeavors. Making a meal is no different. 

If you’re already a fan of getting your hands dirty in the kitchen, you shouldn’t have any trouble incorporating mindfulness into your cooking. Even if you don’t love cooking, you can learn to appreciate it with a little practice. The internet has everything you need to improve your cooking. For example, you can learn how to easily brown butter at You’ll soon learn to love cooking because it serves as a diversion from negative thoughts when done with mindful intent. 

It’s A Creative Outlet

Instead of viewing cooking as a burden or chore, look at it as an opportunity to express yourself creatively. They’re a great way to recharge and focus on self-care, especially when you feel truly accomplished afterward. 

When it comes to food, you eat what you prepare. You don’t have to worry about what you’ll do with it when you’re finished because it’s fuel to get you through the day. It’s a nice hobby to bring friends and family over to spend time together and strengthen your bonds.

Stimulates Your Brain

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of work and home, it’s easy to become bogged down. Despite our best efforts, routines can become tedious, even when we like the result. The thought of having to make yet another choice about what to prepare for dinner at the end of the day can be exhausting in this situation.   

Cooking is a great way to shake up your regular routine and stimulate your mind. Try new ingredients and dishes that you haven’t tried before to see what you think of them. Cooking is a skill that can be learned and improved upon. Your favorite food blogger or a new cookbook can be a great source of inspiration when it comes to finding new ways to prepare your favorite dishes, for example.

You Can Find Joy In Simple Things

There are a lot of obligations and commitments in everyday life. You can make life a lot sweeter by choosing to take delight in the little things, like making a new soup or not deflating that souffle. Cooking can be just as enjoyable as eating it if we approach it from a different perspective.

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how to look after yourself when you’ve got a young baby

Every parent falls in love with their baby at first sight. Often even before the baby is born. But loving your baby doesn’t mean being a parent isn’t exhausting. 

Whether you are a new parent or not, there are days when your baby won’t stop crying, and your patience will be getting thin. Don’t let it convince you that you are a bad parent. On the contrary, you need to be kind to yourself too. Having a baby is a 24/7 job that requires your full attention most of the time. You need to figure out what your child is trying to communicate, why they are crying, what they need, and much more. You don’t feel like you’ve got time to look after yourself when you’re stuck with changing diapers, feeding your baby, and trying to soothe their discomfort. 

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Make time to eat

Did you know that new mothers are more likely to lose weight during the first months after having a baby? It should be a crucial time for recovery, as your body goes through a lot during pregnancy and birth. Unfortunately, many mothers struggle to keep up regular and balanced meals during that time. Indeed, when you need to care for your baby, it’s easy to forget about yourself. However, regular meals are essential in building back your fitness, strength, and health. We appreciate that it can be tricky to prepare a meal and eat. But you can find quick and easy options, such as this smart chicken shawarma, which you can hold in your hand while feeding your baby. 

Make time to sleep

By the time they reach 3 to 4 months, most babies can sleep at least 5 hours at a time, which means you can get a break. But before that point, it can be tricky to get enough sleep. There is no parenting journey without eyes rimmed with tiredness and dark rings. However, you need to catch up on sleep to function, both mentally and physically. There is no magic spell to solve the problem. But you can find tricks to sneak in some hours of zzz, such as trying to sleep when your baby is asleep and creating a rest schedule with your partner. 

Just make time to be you

As much as you love your baby, you also need to reserve time for yourself. It’s easy to lose yourself in your responsibilities and life as a parent. But, you need to acknowledge how stressful and exhausting the situation can be for you. Carving out a few precious hours where you can be yourself is not selfish. It is indispensable for your mental health to switch off from time to time and recharge your batteries. You needn’t feel guilty about asking for help. Remind yourself that it is okay to leave your baby with the grandparents or a reliable childminder for an afternoon while you go to town, book a pampering appointment, or simply catch up with friends. You are allowed to be yourself and do things you enjoy too. 

As a new mother, you might feel overwhelmed at times. Looking after a baby is tiring. When you try to function on lack of sleep, food, and mental rest, you are more likely to feel stressed, depressed, and weak. Your baby deserves a strong mother, and that’s why you have every right to look after yourself too.

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