Why baking is one of the best forms of self-care

Hello everyone!

If you want to start taking better care of your mental health, why not try baking? Baking is more than just a culinary activity. It helps you to unwind and be more present. If you have never tried baking or want to know if it is a good option for you, keep reading.

The step-by-step process

You have probably heard about the concept of mindfulness before. Mindfulness is the driving force behind meditation, and it involves being fully present and engaged in a task; rather than resorting to external distractions. When you engage in baking, you enter a state of flow where your attention is fully absorbed in the activity. This state of flow promotes mindfulness and helps reduce stress and eliminate the feelings that contribute to anxiety.

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Repetition is calming

The repetitive actions involved in baking, such as measuring ingredients and kneading dough, can be very soothing. Studies have shown that baking can increase feelings of relaxation and even improve mood. Dedicating a lot of your physical and mental energy to baking allows you to be in the zone and be more present. This can reduce your anxiety levels and help you to be calmer and more collected.

Sensory input

Baking offers a lot of sensory input. Touch, smell and even sight are all engaged; this can be therapeutic. This is especially the case if you have strong memories associated with baking. The aroma of freshly baked goods wafting through the air can instantly uplift our spirits and create a warm, comforting atmosphere. Additionally, nostalgia can be a good mood booster when feeling down. There are all kinds of chemicals that are associated with baking, and this includes serotonin and dopamine. This chemical is released when people do something that gives them fond memories, whether baking or eating pastries. You also get this input when you anticipate a flavour you like. If you don't bake much, you will not want to miss out on this delicious chocolate ganache.

Offering an escape

You will probably feel very grounded when you grab your mixer. The main reason for this is that it gives you a physical sensation and helps you to heighten your sense of awareness. When we bake, we engage in a creative process that allows us to express ourselves and tap into our innermost thoughts and emotions. Creative endeavours help you get out of your head and focus on something that isn’t giving you anxiety. Research has suggested time and time again that positive activities lead to stress reduction and mood improvement. Sharing our baked creations with loved ones fosters connection and brings joy to both the giver and receiver.

If you want to help yourself to bake more, having the right equipment is essential. You need a solid mixer and some good baking bowls. You will also need to have some cupcake cases or cake tins. Cheap equipment will add to your stress, as it will be a constant battle in the kitchen.

So, whether you're making a batch of cookies or a homemade loaf of bread, remember that baking not only nourishes our bodies but also nurtures our minds and souls.

Talk soon,



I'm a vegan with a passion for sustainability and clean, cruelty-free products. I mainly write lifestyle, wellness and self-care articles. Since I'm a true crime enthusiast, sometimes I also write about true crime and post videos on my two YouTube channels.


Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment! If you ask a question I will answer it asap. – Cosette

  1. I do really enjoy baking and had not thought of its possibilities as part of a self-care routine until reading this. I think you are 100% right and it's a great way to help our minds focus on something else for a while. Great reminder!

    1. Both baking and cooking can be very therapeutic.

  2. This was lovely, thanks for sharing. Really makes me want to get into baking again!

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