Everyone has their own way to unwind. By “unwind,” I mean relax, de-stress, and find your balance. After a long day, baking, for me, can be my way of doing so.
Being creative, making decisions, doing something that benefits myself and others… this is what I love about working in the kitchen. The experimentation, figuring things out by myself, and being in control of what goes on. I can pick any recipe I want; I can experiment and create one myself. It’s all up to me.
Cooking is something I can do completely on my own. It doesn’t involve asking for help or needing others to finish a task. I trust myself to problem solve when we’re out of eggs, or find a solution when the recipe doesn’t go as planned. I like the challenge, too, that presents itself when making a baked good (e.g., a cookie, cake, or brownie) healthy. And if the recipe doesn’t work out, no worries. There’s no pressure or time limit, just me and my project.
It’s rewarding, too, to see people tasting my food. Who doesn’t like coming home to a plate full of cookies? Displaying what I put time in doing is one of the best experiences, and it doesn’t have to be about cooking. Whether it’s an art show, dance performance, or volleyball game, being proud of your work goes a long way.
Baking is simply my own way to relax and think. We all should have our own ways of doing this. It’s important to be able to channel our emotions—stress, anger, sadness—in a healthy ways. Overeating, being grumpy, thinking negatively… these are some ways people cope with their stresses, and it isn’t the best way to do so. Whether it’s watching your favorite TV show, running, or being with friends, there are a million ways to find your happiness. Walk, read, write. Find what lets you unwind after a long day.