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Stirring up some self care with Sam

As a clinical psychologist at headspace, people often ask what I do for self-care, particularly during really stressful times.

Well, one thing I do is bake. It is only fitting that ‘desserts’ is ‘stressed’ spelled backwards!

The step-by-step process of baking and, of course, people enjoying the end result, creates meaning for me and can have a significant positive impact on my mood and well-being.

The methodical nature of baking is a perfect example of the mindfulness skills I try to communicate to those I work with such as; paying attention and being mindful in the moment; following a recipe; immersing yourself in a meaningful activity; doing one thing at a time, and keeping focus on the end result.

Of course, it doesn’t always work out the first (second or third) time, and I kind of like that because it means I get to try again, get better at it, and of course, there are always left overs!

Here’s a recipe for mindful baking:

2 cups of focused attention

1 pinch of distraction

3 cups of creativity (1 cup extra for decoration)

2 cups of perseverance

3 egg-xpressions of physical movement (or eggs-ercise)

225g of positivity

1 ½ tsp of vulnerability

1 ½ tsp of hope

¼ tsp of bravery

¾ cups of resilience

1 ½ tsp of repetition

Method:

Line yourself with confidence and gather all the ingredients.

Use your eggs-ercise to combine the ingredients together, mix well and pour in to your pre-prepared cake tins.

Bake at 160 degrees for 50 minutes then cool for 10 minutes in the tin.

Turn out on to a cake rack to cool completely.

Use the extra cup of creativity to decorate as you like and have fun!

Want to know more about the impact of baking on your mental health? check out these awesome resources:

 

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