Do you ever catch yourself feeling bored, down, and in need of an activity to boost your spirits? Baking something might be a great way to boost your mood, both temporarily and over time. Smithsonian Magazine cites multiple studies and theories by psychologists on the association between baking and better mental health.
According to a study in the Journal of Positive Psychology, people who regularly participate in small, creative projects have higher levels of relaxation and happiness. They also felt like they were “flourishing,” in the journal’s words. Creativity is also generally associated with better emotional functionality.
Due to these benefits (and others), baking can also be used to help treat depression and anxiety by acting as a sort of meditation. Baking won’t cure you, but it might be a relaxing way to relieve stress and take your mind off your worries.