So I am avoiding thinking about my hypochondria issues, and today am going to focus with anxiety and cooking.
I don’t know about everyone else, but I often become anxious when cooking. Unlike laundry, or dishes, this task presents a real degree of danger. My goal is always to cook for that won’t make anyone sick, and that won’t burn down the house.
I am very easily distracted, so I make extensive use of timers to check on various parts of the cooking. I initially tried that whole “stay with it continuously” thing, but enough burnt food has taught my I can’t stand there 100% of the time for 45 minutes, and timers guarantee nothing gets too far our of hand.
Not making people sick should be easy, is easy, but I worry about it. Is the meat cooked enough, are my hands clean enough, did I properly sanitize the counter. I think we probably have more danger from ingesting cleaning solution than actually having any contamination.
I know some people cook “for the joy of it” but overall, by the time the food is done, I am tapped out. And after a long day of work, the last thing I want to do is worry about forgetting to turn off a burner, and burning down the house. Especially when I know that is the thought that will be going through my head as I lay in bed trying to fall asleep.