Need Some Relief From Life's Pressures? Try Stress Baking

Katie Fowler
by Katie Fowler

Brooke Testoni

Who knew that adding two cups of almond milk to one cup of buckwheat flour could work as a form of stress relief? Speaking as someone who has taken up baking as a stress-reliever, it comes as no surprise to me the rest of the world has finally cottoned on to this coping mechanism.

According to Business Insider Australia, a survey conducted by baking company Cake Angels found that one in three people asked said they felt more stressed than five years previously. And 80 percent said they had started baking to help relieve this pressure. “There’s a lot of literature for connection between creative expression and overall well-being,” says Professor Donna Pincus, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences at Boston University. “Whether it’s painting or it’s making music [or baking], there is a stress relief that people get from having some kind of an outlet and a way to express themselves,” she adds.

So why and how does this simple act work to ease life’s daily pressures? For me, it is a distraction from anything that is weighing down on me, and I find that following a recipe can be a distraction—something that’s a blessing in disguise when I have 6000 thoughts running through my head. In that moment you are purely concentrating on the task at hand. I also love that I’m creating something with my hands, and being the creative person that I am, this is truly fulfilling (not to mention tasty).

So, the next time you're feeling the low or just feeling the winter blues, pick up a spatula and ready, set, bake!

Shop my favourite items to use when baking below.

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