Cooking can be a great coping mechanism for people with anxiety, especially now in the age of coronavirus, wrote one of our long-term freelance writers, Jamie Friedlander, in a recent article for The Washington Post. We encourage you to read her complete article, even if you’re not prone to cooking but just looking for mindful ways to ease anxiety.
According to Friedlander’s piece, “cooking engages several senses, making it quite immersive,” said clinical psychologist Trevor Schraufnagel, associate director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at UCLA. Mindfulness often entails trying to focus on one thing in the moment — maintaining one’s attention on a single sensory stimulus, such as the sound of oil crackling, the taste of a sauce, the smell of something baking or the sensation of one’s breath. Several studies suggest mindfulness-based practices can play a role in the treatment of anxiety.”
And for some of us who may be feeling like we’re not accomplishing much these days, “[Cooking] is concrete — I had this impact in the last two hours and I made something out of nothing,” Schraufnagel said. “That’s incredible.”
If you or your loved ones are looking for easy recipes to jumpstart a therapeutic kitchen routine, GLC — owner of Well-Fed Me, a turnkey content recipe program — is offering these recipes to get you started.
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