Pandemic cooking was all the rage last year. The lockdown resulted in everyone channeling their insides Master chef by conjuring up treats like banana bread, pancakes, Dalgona coffee and much more. It was something that people really enjoyed and loved! Cooking and baking became the ultimate escape.
This year, however, cooking is not about trying new recipes, it is about doing the bare minimum. With so much going on, people are emotionally, physically and mentally exhausted. As a result, this time around, cooking is seen more of an everyday task and many people suffer from pandemic cooking burnout. We met with Dr. Sonal Anand, Psychiatrist, Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai, contacted them to better understand this exhaustion and led her to find ways to deal with it.
What is pandemic burnout?
Burnout is a psychological problem associated with exhaustion, low productivity, and disinterest in previously popular activities. Dr. Anand explains: “During the pandemic, cooking burnout has been observed, as the current situation has not brought any significant relief. Fear and insecurity still preoccupy us and preoccupy us emotionally. It is important to distinguish cooking burnout from general depression. Depression can generally lead to disinterest and be associated with gloomy feelings, sleep or appetite disorders. “
Here’s how you can deal with it:
Stay in the moment
It is now necessary to look at the positive side of the situation you are in. Mindfulness can really help here. It is imperative to be immersed in the moment and associate routine tasks with good memories. Dr. Anand suggests, “Use your sight, smell and touch and restart your cooking mojo. Music in the kitchen can cheer you up. Keep the cooking simple and bring the family into the cooking process. Small children can help set the table. Better organize yourself and create a weekly schedule of dishes to cook so that you don’t have to come up with anything at the last minute. “
Cooking is actually therapeutic and can really help reduce anxiety and mild depression. It serves as a good medium to express creativity, passion and love. “Partners who cook together form stronger bonds and can understand each other better. Kitchen smells play an important role in whetting the appetite and promoting the environment for a peaceful dinner, ”added Dr. Anand added.
Cooking burnout can feel overwhelming and disturbing as eating is an integral part of our lives. To deal with this pandemic cooking burnout, it is important to remove the negativity associated with burnout and change the way you think about cooking. Dr. Anand advises, “It’s okay to feel mentally drained and natural to be a little upset. Self-compassion should be taken into account. Self-blame or looking at yourself should be avoided as everyone is in crisis during this time. “
Stick to a schedule that emphasizes health and gratitude
Time management and meal preparation in advance can help. It is equally important to take care of your general health. Dr. Anand suggests, “Exercise and yoga should be emphasized and encouraged. Sleeping well will give you the energy you need for the next day. Chronic sleep deprivation and poor sleep hygiene can slow the brain down and leave you uninterested in routine. Make sure your blood test parameters are normal, especially vitamin D and vitamin B12 levels. During these turbulent times, keep a journal and write two things each day that you are grateful for. Mention the things that you take for granted and try to give them more thought and value. “
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