Good News Alert! Cooking Is a Form of Therapy
We’ll be honest with you: We spend a lot of time on our computers. Sure, we DIY our hearts out at every possible opportunity, but our jobs, like most people’s these days, have us sitting in front of our computers — a lot. That’s why it can be sort of therapeutic to cook dinner when we get home from work. We’re unplugged and creating something with our own two hands — something delicious. It’s a daily DIY that may go unnoticed, but it’s definitely beneficial to your psyche. Therapists are tapping into these benefits with cooking classes used to help treat people with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
1. Ease Anxiety: When you’re making a recipe, you’re focused on that one thing. Following the step-by-step process is what counselors say helps people to find respite and claim a bit of control and clarity over an otherwise chaotic life that can cause anxiety.
2. Helps to Manage Addiction: With their minds diverted from their stress and instead foused on the task of chopping veggies, teens with addiction were able to alleviate the stresses that lead to substance abuse.
3. Gives a Sense of Well-Being: Eating food that’s good for you makes your body feel good. Simple as that. But it makes you feel better to see that food prepared by your own two hands. If you grow your own food, you can get even more of that full-circle satisfaction.
4. Boosts Confidence: If you’ve ever baked a loaf of bread or a pizza, or even just chopped veggies for a salad, you know that little boost you get from knowing, “I did this.” You have so many big things to accomplish in your day-to-day life that something as little as making dinner could really put you in a better mindset.
5. Slims Your Waistline: One of the reasons you may love eating out (besides the fact that there are fewer dishes in your sink after) is that most everything you eat is delicious. Also, most everything you’re eating has way more calories than you probably think. That’s not to say all food at restaurants is bad for you, but much of it is best eaten in moderation. When you cook at home, you have better control over your portions and what’s going in your food, so you can go easy on the butter.
6. Improves Overall Health: Other than the fact that you’re easing stress when you’re cooking, you’re also eating healthy. It’s kind of like giving your whole body an interior makeover. Add some yoga… and your insides will look like a million bucks.
In psychological terms, cooking is therapeutic because it’s what’s called behavioral activation. It’s a positive activity with each step being a new goal that’s easy to accomplish and gives you a pretty immediate reward. With all the benefits of making meals at home, we have even more reasons to stop finding excuses to order pizza and instead find more reasons to uncover new recipes.
Have you found perks to cooking at home? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!
(h/t The Wall Street Journal)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)