Kneading image from: Joe Pastry
I always thought that kneading bread made me feel good. Now there’s a report to back me up.
Rising Up is a report from The Real Bread Campaign (part of the Sustain charity) on the therapeutic and social benefits that bread making offers to people living with mental health issues, or otherwise facing a tougher time than most.
In “a new survey of people living with mental health issues, or facing one of a range of other challenges, 88% …. said bread making gives them a sense of achievement, 87% said baking makes them feel happier, and 73% said it helped them feel calmer or more relaxed”.
This has also been covered in the press, but the message (about bread) seems to have been lost amidst cupcake imagery (eg the Independent).
Anyway – one thing I would like to emphasise is that this therapy doesn’t involve using a ‘breadmaker’!