How Cooking Can Be Self Care

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I know, I know…as a mother, cooking can seem like (and sometimes is) the last thing you want to do. I have many of these kinds of days where we end up getting take out. But hear me out as to why cooking can actually be self care.

I think we can all agree that cooking is a hobby just as much as it can be a profession.

I would never consider myself a chef, but my daughter would. She is always telling me I can be on Masterchef. I CANNOT, trust me.

But I find a lot of joy in cooking. The entire process usually makes me pretty happy. I turn on the radio and pour me the optional glass of wine. And I just have my moment.

My entire family depends on me for food. Lily is 9 and Jamie does not cook. So I feel like during this time is when they both will leave me alone for an hour so I can focus on getting dinner on plates.

I know that with having little ones, spending time in the kitchen is not a solo affair. But if they are a old enough to understand Mom needing time to herself, I suggest sitting them down to be honest and explain it to them. Or if you have a partner asking them to keep the kids under wraps. Even if it is only once or twice a week that you get it, try to. Invite a friend over and offer to feed them while they watch them.

The reason I am so adamant on trying to get you to do this alone is so you can focus on YOU.

Cooking is an art. Cooking is creative. Cooking is self care.

When you know you are getting that alone time in the kitchen, make a plan! Follow this plan every single time because it will lead to a true act of self care.

  1. Pick out a new recipe. That’s right, something brand new. Maybe pick off your Pinterest board something that you have been really wanting to make. I feel like picking a new recipe to prepare leads to excitement. I enjoy going grocery shopping for all of it and I think that creating a new dish is so much fun.
  2. Put on music while you cook. Listening to music is an act of self care in itself. I also would recommend watching something on Netflix. Book on tape! Anything that you find entertaining that is hands free.
  3. Clean up as you go. This isn’t something I am the best at and my poor partner or daughter end up having to clean up after me and guilt sets in. So my advice is to always clean up as you go so the stress of a mess is elevated.

That’s it. So imagine this: new recipe, maybe new ingredients, a way to prepare food to learn, your music playing, dancing around the kitchen as you cook, a glass of wine in your hand, and your own time away from everyone else.

It brings out your creative side and also boosts your self esteem. There is nothing better than watching your family enjoy the meal you made for them. Poor Jamie barely gets done with one bite before I am like, “DO YOU LIKE IT?”

I know this isn’t a self care practice that many would consider fun. But if you don’t know how to cook, learning to cook is a wonderful hobby to pick up. Not only is the process soothing, but you are giving thanks to your body. The cleaner the food the better it is.

So do me one favor. Pick one day next week. Plan it so you can be alone as possible. Go on your Pinterest and find something you want to try. Make sure to pick something that you know you would like unless you are in the mood to experiment. Play your music. And find joy in the moment.

Cutting, chopping, measuring, mixing, tasting…use all your senses the entire time as well. Really take into account every single step and do not rush. Enjoy your time!

Thats it from me guys. I hope I opened your eyes as to how wonderful cooking can actually be for your mental health.

Happy Cooking!

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22 thoughts on “How Cooking Can Be Self Care

  1. That sounds so good. My kitchen is open-plan with the lounge so I never get it to myself apart from during the mornings. I might try this with baking one day though. I miss baking that doesn’t involve bananas or pink food colouring.

    1. I am super aware that getting alone time in the kitchen is not easy. But if you CAN, it really is amazing to create something. Baking is a great idea! Pick something YOU want to make. Thanks for reading! <3

    1. I really recommend using your Pinterest in deciding it. It has endless recipes. But one of my favorites that I made last year for therapeutic fun was Chicken Piccata. Delicious! I am making it again this week lol.

  2. I used to love cooking, I find now I’m doing it with little ones wrapped around my legs or pulling for my attention, it’s not so enjoyable, but every now and then. My husband and I will wait till they’re asleep and cook a new recipe together with a glass of wine. Now that’s fun. We also did Hello Fresh for a while, which gave us some new recipe ideas.

    Yvadney x #DreamTeam

    1. Even if you just bake! It doesn’t even have to be dinner. Find a delicious baked good you have always wanted to try from Pinterest.

  3. Oh I LOVE this! Completely agree, I really love solo time in the kitchen, lovingly outing together a nourishing feast for my family! It has all been a bit up in the air since Littlest was born as I now have a 3yo and a 6mo ? I’ll get there again, all too soon. #TriumphantTales

    1. I think we get so lost in motherhood that we see dinner as a chore. Our duty. Instead of making it about US. Celebrating our talents. Our time. Thanks for reading! <3

  4. Yes, I agree that cooking can be very therapeutic! I had never been that interested in it, during early adulthood, but when I met my husband, I really started to enjoy it, and want to do it more. Then when the children came along, it became a hindrance again-just one more chore to get through at the end of the day! Now I have a little more time, and things are a bit easier, I’m starting to love it again! And as at the beginning of the year, I started clean eating and cut a multitude of food from my diet, I really enjoy trying to put together tasty meals from the limited foods I eat!

  5. Yes yes yes! Thankfully we share a lot of the cooking in our house, it normally goes like this… i do the prep with the toddler under my toes or helping me peel at the counter. If it’s Oven based i normally get in and cooking. The man comes home and does all the last bits while I distract the hangry toddler with wit and fun! Sigh no child free moments for me! I totally get the for me idea though I’ll have to try it!! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬
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  6. I’m not a big fan of cooking I have to be honest. I try the best I can, I never seemed to get that gene from my Mum, who’s amazing, as is my sister! 🙂 I do like to try from time to time though. I made a mean Moussaka once or twice! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking to #TriumphantTales, hope you’ll come back next week 🙂 xx

  7. I’m the only chef in the house, Hubby cannot cook at all so it is always me in the kitchen but I must admit that I love me some baking. SO I get where you’re coming from with the sense of clarity and the happiness you get watching people eating your freshly made food!
    Thank you so much for linking up to #TriumphantTales again, I hope to see you back again next week!

    1. My boyfriend can’t cook toast lol. I totally understand. These people would starve or eat peanut butter out of the jar if it wasnt for me haha. Thanks for reading <3

  8. Hey Brittany! I completely agree with this. I love cooking and find that there is nothing like putting on some music, or catching up with Riverdale on Netflix whilst preparing something tasty for the family. Thanks so much for sharing with the #DreamTeam xx
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