Emma Organization has conducted an activity about how to make pickles for displaced women in its center in Duhok on 15th of November 2017 .
“Cooking has therapeutic value physically, cognitively, socially and intrapersonally. Physically, cooking requires good movement in shoulders, fingers, wrists, elbow, neck, as well as good overall balance. Adequate muscle strength is needed in upper limbs for lifting, mixing, cutting and chopping. Furthermore, sensory awareness is important in considering safety while dealing with hot and sharp objects.” This is the therapeutic value noted by the Wall Street Journal.
Cooking as therapy is effective because it encourages creativity. Cooking also makes people feel good about themselves because it’s a way for them to nurture others. For most dishes, there is also a sense of immediate gratification. These days, health-care clinics and counselors across the world are using cooking or baking as therapy tools for people suffering from depression, anxiety and other mental-health problems. This type of therapy is often partly aimed at teaching healthy cooking and eating skills to people living tough, chaotic lives.
But it also functions as a method for stressed out users to focus on a task at hand, and feel satisfaction at completing a task. The reward of eating together as a group and the satisfaction of having cooked a healthy meal can become a rush of healthy self-inflation. It makes sense to think of cooking as therapy because food has a lot of meaning culturally, ethnically and religiously. It brings people together whether it is baking, cooking a meal, shopping for the food and certainly sitting down together and socializing.