Therapists Use Cooking to Treat Depression, Anxiety and Other Psychological Problems

Many cooks know what a sanctuary the kitchen can be.

Now, some health-care clinics and counselors are using cooking or baking as therapy tools for people suffering from depression, anxiety and other mental-health problems.

…Psychologists say cooking and baking are pursuits that fit a type of therapy known as behavioral activation. The goal is to alleviate depression by boosting positive activity, increasing goal-oriented behavior and curbing procrastination and passivity.

Source: A Road to Mental Health Through the Kitchen

Healthy cooking and eating in groups in encouraged because being around others can boost social skills and confidence.  The healthy aspect should be highlighted more – omega-3 foods are known for improving mood.

I found yoga to be very similar.  Both provide a means of focus and parameters, but with the ability to experiment.  The article does touch on weight gain – never trust a skinny cook 😉  I bring my stuff to work and see what or if co-workers have any feedback as some are foodies.

For some doing large volume, this time of year is great for selling food at craft fairs.  Had an interesting conversation with a co-worker who sells at craft fairs and what they’ve picked up for how to promote and present product.  Out of season, volunteering for a soup kitchen might be an idea.