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Baking.. a Key ingredient to decreasing your anxiety.

Do you struggle with insomnia, chronic anxiety or feel like stress takes over your mind?
It’s been studied that engaging in the creative arts can be quite relieving for people who suffer from anxiety. Engaging in creative activities such as baking stimulates a variety of senses: food coloring to feed the eyes, delicious smells for the nose, bursts of taste for the palate, textures for the hands. Whether you are a novice or an expert, there are tons of instructional videos and decorating how-to’s available on Youtube and Pinterest allowing beginners to create works of art for themselves and friends. Have a special event and not sure what to bring? Nothing says “I care” like homemade goods.
You may think “Isn’t baking carby goods going to add to my anxiety after I gain weight?” Baking does not have to include loads of sugar or even the conventional ingredients we think of when we see cakes and cookies. There are healthier ingredients to incorporate, ways to decorate and flavor what you bake without the guilty associations.
No room in your kitchen? No desire to bake alone? Explore classes on Groupon or Livingsocial in your area and get expert advice while branching out and meeting like-minded people. Take virtual classes online. The resources are limitless. Baking takes energy, occupies your mind and your hands. Put down the phones, crank up the music and make something beautiful (and delicious!).

Dr. Yana Bekker, DO Dr. Bekker is a board certified Psychiatrist in private practice in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY.

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