Therapeutic Qualities Of BakingIn those times when you feel like you don’t want to engage with the world, when you feel unmotivated and uninspired and generally disappointed with life, sometimes the thing to break you out of that funk is a hobby. Some way of passing the time that you can actually get enthusiastic about, that you can relax and enjoy. That, as you go on, eases your cares away.

Simple and popular, an afternoon baking can leave you feeling fulfilled and refreshed.


Sometimes, feeling better isn’t about what you’re doing but about what you’re not doing. If you’re not stressing about something that’s bothering you or sitting around moping about something that has upset you. If you have something to focus on – a task, or a goal – instead of letting your troubles get the better of you, you’ll be better able to settle your nerves.


Baking is easy. You can make something delicious without having to put much effort into it. Any recipe you could possibly want can be found relatively easily online, broken down into easy-to-follow step-by-step guides, complete with reviews and comments, critiques and improvements from others who have tried them. It’s not difficult to start off with and learning new skills and techniques, especially at an amateur level, are easy to pick up.


Even when doing the simplest things, you can show off your imagination. If all you can bake is basic cupcakes, you still get to ice them however you fancy. Once you’ve practiced enough, you’ll be able to experiment more freely with look, flavour and even develop your own recipes. You can play around with the shape of your creations, the look, the ingredients and the taste. And, as long as you’re enjoying yourself, these skills will flourish without you even noticing.


Baking is a very direct process. You can see how your efforts transform simple ingredients into something much lovelier. You can see, in relatively short periods of time, how the energy you put into your baking creates immediate and satisfying results. Sometimes, that kind of direct reward can bring about feeling of immense happiness. You get a treat and you know you’ve earned it because you made it all yourself.

Everything you make is a testament to your hard work, your skills, your commitment and your efforts. And it’s delicious.

So bake yourself something nice. By the time it’s ready, you’ll have earned it.

Kirstie Summers,

Daily Zen.

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