Why I Love Cooking

When you cook, you can’t really do anything else.

There is no multi-tasking, no multiple internet windows, no phone calls, no emails. Just you and the food.

Cooking requires concentration, focus and single-mindedness. Otherwise you might use a tablespoon instead of a teaspoon. You might overcook the onions. You could skip a step.

I love cooking because I get fully into what I’m doing and forget everything else. It’s hard to say that cooking is stress free, as getting everything to be ready at the exact same time takes preparation, foresight and experience. When I cook, I reduce my overall stress level as everything else goes out the window.

I don’t cook nearly as much as I should, but I did start today by preparing some pulled pork for a dinner tonight with my defensemen. A great way to kick off the week, although I’m not sure I advise chopping an onion before 6:30 in the morning…


Stress and Control

I had a thought over the weekend about stress and where it comes from. It might be different for different people, but for me stress comes from control.

Whenever I’m feeling stressed, it is because of a lack of feeling in control. Whether I am actually in control or not does not matter. It is the feeling of being in control or a lack of feeling in control that affects my stress levels.

The things that I measure myself by are what are important to me. When I don’t feel in control of those things, I feel stressed. This was a good lesson for me – how do I maintain a feeling of control?

Tackle the things that are important to you every single day. Get touches in on whatever it is that matters. If it is money, check your bank account. If it is family, pick up the phone. If it is a clean house, take out the trash and do the dishes. Do something every day to maintain a feeling of being in control over the things that matter.