If you want to do something that will instantly improve the quality of your life, start making your own bread. It is therapy in a flour-filled bowl. The process of kneading the warm, soft dough shifts the nerve-endings in your hands into maximum relax mode. From there the neural message to chill spreads throughout your body.
Making bread is easy. Jamie Oliver and a range of others offer basic bread recipes for you to play with. Google them, there's heaps. Experiment a bit and find one that suits you. It doesn't have to take long, I can get a loaf done in less than an hour with about 10 mins of effort.
Some food for thought:
- Bread-making machines that knead and then bake the bread are a bad idea - the bread mix used contains bread improver which does dodgy stuff to your gut health.
- Many shop bought breads also contain bread improver. Ick!
- Bread isn't actually that good for you. It is very high in carbohydrate so should only ever be eaten as a treat. Carbs stimulate appetite so if you have a big bread intake in your family and the kids seem constantly hungry, there could be link.
- If you think it would be impossible to make enough bread because your family consumes bread by the truckload, then this could be a good opportunity to change that (unhealthy) habit.