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Mindful Baking

Mindfulness and Baking

Mindfulness is about the awareness of ourselves, others and our surroundings, with awareness centred on the present moment.
Baking provides an opportunity for creativity and self expression, whilst also helping us
 to connect in that present moment.  Studies have shown that baking has many therapeutic qualities and can help relieve stress and increase overall well-being. 

A 2016 study in the Journal of Positive Psychology found that practicing simple creative acts on a regular basis can lead to more positive psychological functioning.


An April 2018 study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies found that young adults who engaged in “Maker activities,” such as cooking, baking, and gardening, was linked to positive subjective well-being. Participants said the most important reasons for engaging in such activities were mood repair, socializing, and staying present-focused.


Another study in the Journal of Palliative Medicine found that “culinary therapy” can even be an effective tool in grief management.

A study suggests, that one in three Brits turn to baking to help them de-stress after a busy day at work.

Researchers also found  baking to be a pleasurable pastime for many, where tasks such as mixing, stirring and baking eased levels of stress.


A survey of 2,000 amateur bakers found two thirds of Brits believe baking improves their mood when they are feeling low.

Many find joy and calmness in baking, due to it's tactile nature. It typically commands our full attention, by the use of repetitive motions with our hands, according to British coach Kimberly Lou, author of Becoming Who You’re Meant to Be.

The therapeutic effect of baking, calms the central nervous system and connects to the part of the brain that accesses creativity and imagination. In addition, smell, and taste of ingredients stimulate the senses, tapping into the pleasure senses of the brain.

Bake Awake, Baking school Brighton.

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