Therapeutic cooking is the newest way to feed your mind

Would you rather bust out 100 burpees than meditate for 10 minutes? Tried yoga but can’t downward-dog to save your life?

Say hello to therapeutic cooking – the latest self-care trend to take the wellness world by storm.

Therapeutic cooking – or cooking with purpose – is the ultimate stress-buster for people who struggle to find Zen on the yoga mat.

From helping to regain a sense of control to taking your mind off that never-ending to-do list, baking cookies or whipping up a roast dinner can do wonders for your mental health.

In fact, psychologists and occupational therapists now regularly recommend cooking as a way to manage depression and anxiety, and studies have found that it’s also linked to a greater sense of wellbeing.

Now here’s the catch – therapeutic cooking doesn’t include frantically blitzing up a smoothie while you run out the door. In order to reap the benefits, you have to take a more mindful approach. How can you do that? Try staying in the present and focus on preparing, feeling and smelling your dish. Not only will you be more Zen at the end, you’ll have a delish meal to feast on, too.

It’s a win-win!