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Cooking Can Be a Different Way of Relaxation

Cooking Can Be a Different Way of Relaxation

Cooking can be a great form of relaxation if you take the time to enjoy the activity – it provides many ways to get lost in thought, to meditate or to transport your thoughts back to special memories from your past. Whether you’re looking forward to preparing your family’s favorite meal or you’re cooking a dish that contains all your comfort foods, taking time to cook can always be something to look forward to. Here is how to transform the act of cooking into a time for relaxation:

Make cooking a priority

Make cooking a priority

Cooking can help you relieve stress, enhance creativity and build relationships with others. To set yourself up for success, make sure you set aside blocks of time that are specifically intended for cooking. This will allow you to focus all of your energy on the task at hand, and it will make the whole process much more enjoyable. If you truly want to relax, avoid multitasking while you’re in the kitchen and make sure you let your family members know you’ll be unavailable for others tasks and activities while you’re preparing food. However, if you’re in need of some help, or you simply want to use cooking as a way of spending quality time with someone, a great idea would be to find a cooking partner. By cooking with someone else, you cultivate communication, connection and cooperation.

Create a motivating environment

Create a motivating environment

If you want to enjoy cooking to the fullest extent, your surroundings need to be stimulating and inviting. It is always a good idea to find reputable kitchen company  to redo your cooking area and transform it into a beautiful, comfortable space you will love to spend time in. From organic elements, such as gorgeous wood and natural lighting, to clean, bright and elegant worktops, just a few effective details can turn your kitchen into a more enticing and pleasing space, and make cooking the most wonderful and relaxing experience.

Clear your mind

Clear your mind

If you dwell on your problems while you’re preparing food, you’ll never be able to find joy in it. So, when you enter the kitchen, try to leave all your worries and troubles behind, and forget about the things that are pressuring you. Cooking means enjoying the moment and you need to be completely focused and fully immersed in it. Some people may find the act of slicing and mixing incredibly calming, while others might enjoy getting their hands in the dough and find it to be a very effective stress-relieving method. Try to find the thing that helps you relax in the kitchen and makes you fall in love with cooking, and your mood will improve in no time.

Don’t be afraid to experiment

Don’t be afraid to experiment

Creativity reduces stress, and the kitchen is the perfect place to get your creative juices flowing. Don’t worry about strictly following a particular recipe and don’t strive for perfection – simply let your taste buds guide you as you work with individual ingredients. Another great way to get creative in the kitchen is to experiment with new flavor and texture combinations. For example, you might want to try pairing a roast chicken with a kale salad, instead of an everyday spring mix. Whichever dish you opt for, allow your creativity to shape the meal, and you will soon find yourself fully enjoying the act of cooking.

Use stress-relieving methods and ingredients

Use stress-relieving methods and ingredients

A great way to increase the stress-relief you get from cooking is to choose meals that take a while to cook. For example, if you cook a roast that takes several hours, you can use that time to do something relaxing, such as reading a book or catching up with your favorite TV show. Another good way of reducing stress in the kitchen is by incorporating certain spices, herbs and aromatics into your cooking routine. For instance, sage and lavender are great stress relievers, mint and basil can help elevate your mood, while a dish with citrus or rosemary can help energize and invigorate you.

Even if you don’t have a lot of time to cook, put on some music, light a scented candle and enjoy this fun activity. After a long day, you’ve definitely earned this time for relaxation.

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About the author:

Tracey Clayton is a mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids. She’s also passionate about traveling, fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live."

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About the author:

Tracey Clayton is a mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids. She’s also passionate about traveling, fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live."

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