Let's bake and talk

picture of victoria sponge

Quarantine. Quarantining alone can feel lonely and upsetting. But, being in a full house is bound to drive you crazy. With emotions already running high, it can seem even more overwhelming trying to cope with your own emotions and having to deal with everyone else at home. It is - in fact - a difficult time. You’re bound to get angry at one another, scream, shout, but it always works out in the end.

It is no surprise then that most of the public have turned to baking. Rightly so, being in the kitchen is probably the only time and space you’ll get away from everyone, apart from the bathroom, of course. And, I’ve just discovered how much of a stress-reliever it really is. Only at the end of it, when you’ve accomplished something which looks pretty edible and turns out to taste amazing too. There is something weirdly satisfying about accurately measuring ingredients, making a mess, and then cleaning up again for some reason. That, and the stress of going to multiple stores just to find flour, cupcake cases, and icing sugar, which I do not want to go through again, fingers crossed! So, I’ve attached some images of how my cakes have turned out. I mean, after all my kitchen failures (burning, overcooking, overwhipping), if I can do it, I’m sure you guys can too!

But, while we are on this topic of quarantine and emotions, baking is not the only way to show and express how you feel. During this difficult time, it is important to always think about your own mental health. Not being able to see family and friends, you should really focus on what makes you happy and do something you want to do for yourself. Whether that’s exercise, watching shows, or writing, you should go for it. Take the leap.

Being in the house and not studying for my degree, and not being employed, has allowed me to start writing poems to express my emotions. It allows me to put my thought processes into beautiful words, which gives me some sort of satisfaction when I have finished and read it. Throughout my primary and secondary school years, I swore I would never be someone who writes poems. I thought it was difficult, and I thought I didn’t have the talent that other people have. This time has given me the opportunity to figure out my creativity and my unique flair in writing. Hence, why I am writing for this blog, for the voices of young people. Many people have said that I can write well, I just haven’t had the time to execute it well, and I don’t think I’ve written as much as I have in the past three years of university than I have now in the past 4 weeks (that’s supposed to be a bit of an exaggeration)!