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Baking your way to happiness?

Cupcakes baking

For anyone that has suffered from depression, the feeling of that big dark cloud hovering over your head and blocking all the light from your life is one you’ll be familiar with, along with the daily dose of anti depressants and struggle to get through another day. While taking a pill or getting some form of counseling might seem like the obvious path to take, baking is fast becoming a popular trend amongst those battling depression.

British Bake Off winner suffers from depression

No-one is claiming that if you knock up a Victoria sponge or lemon drizzle cake every day your depression will be cured but it certainly seems to help. The winner of last year’s ‘Great British Bake Off’, John Whaite, was diagnosed with manic depression eight years ago and is a great believer that baking helps lift his mood. When we think of baked goodies, we conjure up images of eating these comfort foods, but it’s actually the process of being in control which is what is beneficial. As John explains, baking is a way to turn manic, erratic negative energy into something constructive, he is in control.

Mother and daughter baking

John isn’t the only one who believes in baking; consultant psychiatrist Dr Mark Salter, says that baking helps develop short term memory, planning and social skills which all take a back seat when suffering mental illness. There is both a physical and creative element to baking, from whisking up a cake batter or kneading dough to icing a cake or decorating buns. Physical exercise releases endorphins which can lift mood while creative therapy is known to help patients understand their condition better; baking combines all of these.

Does baking really help?

Although it’s difficult to precisely measure the benefits that baking can bring, for those that are reaping the rewards through their new found love of cooking, they don’t need scientific facts or figures. Anything that helps them overcome their sadness and control their depression can only be seen as a positive – just make sure you don’t eat too much of what you’ve baked!




About Rebecca Robinson

About Rebecca Robinson

After spending the last 8 years juggling life as a mum of two, wife and working full time as a Project Manager for a global telecommunications company, Rebecca Robinson made the decision to follow her love of writing and took the plunge; turning her passion into a full time career. Since becoming a full time writer, Rebecca has worked with various media and copy-writing companies and with the ability to make any topic relevant and interesting to the reader, now contributes to The Working Parent on articles ranging from credit cards to teenage relationships. Ever the optimist, Rebecca's dreams for the future include a house in the country filled with children, dogs and horses in the field!

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