Baking gives me control: the ingredients do as I say, the methodology is familiar, the result is as I make it and consistent each time, for the most part. Plus, it doesn't take long to see completion and get satisfaction (along with a little reward in the form of a slice of cake).
"I am too busy to find time to bake. Besides, I don't need to eat all that."
No, you don't need to eat it all. Good thing you have friends, family, and coworkers to help you.
Maybe you can't find time to bake from scratch; I get that. There are only so many hours in the day and most of it is spent at work which is exhausting. Yet you have time to sit and watch an hour long reality drama that, let's face it, adds no value to your life. If anything, it's depressing and scary.. or angering... and just way too real! I can’t handle those shows if I’m already stressed; they just make me feel more burdened. I think this is true for most people whether they want to admit it or are even aware of it. We are affected by our environment, good or poisonous.
Instead, you could have spent less or the same amount of time baking brownies or a simple cake. You can even do it with your family and build memories, teach each other things. Maybe even talk to those who love you about the stresses you hope to relieve via fluffy, moist chocolate still warm from the oven. Additionally, you make yourself stronger through the process. You have control over those brownies and that can translate into confidence to have control over your life. It's psychological; look it up.
One more added benefit: you are not sitting on your tush for an hour or more. Sedentarism, or prolonged lack of activity, has become the leading factor in many health issues. Even the lowest impact activity can have a positive effect on your metabolic state and circulatory system. These are good things: if our metabolism is active, we process the calories we eat instead of storing them; if our circulation is healthy, then we have stronger veins to move blood and oxygen around the body; better blood and oxygen movement combined with efficient burning of ingested calories promotes a health state of mind, physically.
Yes, this simple act of baking can be a short-term relief. However, if practiced it can become more uplifting and empowering as you move from the boxed brownies to cake to cupcakes from scratch! If you can do those things, certainly you can stand up to those things that stress you.
Is there better therapy?
Well, maybe those runners but who wants to run when you could have brownies?!
To each his own; best of luck finding your therapeutic activity. I'm rooting for you.
All [creativity] is not lost...
Corissa has been an artist her entire life and attended the Art Institute for design after completing a Bachelor’s in Accounting from National American University. She validates the contradicting combination with “I love my art but I don’t have to starve for it.”
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