Baking for Anxiety: How It Helps Me Cope

You're reading Baking for Anxiety: How It Helps Me Cope, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Are you feeling like an autumn leaf caught in a tornado right now? You are far from alone. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as people know it, and many folks are battling unprecedented levels of anxiety at the moment.  One ritual that never fails to soothe me is getting in the kitchen and donning my baking apron. The room itself is my happy place, and the act of making something to delight my family helps me feel productive and useful when I’m not sure what else to do. Here’s what I get from my routine and how you can benefit, too.  Baking Gives You a Sense of Control  You can’t control much right now, and neither can I. Our employers may choose to cut hours or shutter their doors entirely. The federal government may or may not provide all the help we need to make it through the current pandemic. This disease may blow over by next month, or we could be staring at a new, more solo reality for an extended period.  Psychologists describe both an internal and external locus of control, and which one you embrace during challenging times influences your mental health. People with an internal locus of control look inward. They feel that they exert more control over their world, while those with an external locus look at fa...
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