When we couldn’t break bread with friends in 2020,
we decided to bake it ourselves. Compared to March 2019, yeast sales more than quadrupled over the four-week period after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic. But we didn’t just make bread, we also got fancy with our comforting carbs. Searches for the term “bread art” went up 130%. Here, a few bakers share how sourdough
(and more) got them through lockdown.
"I baked sourdough boules, focaccia, challah,
and also made varenyky (Ukrainian pierogi). These brought me so much comfort and joy while making my apartment smell unbelievable! Baking gives me immediate gratification. And since my senses are fully engaged in the process — feeling the dough, watching it rise, smelling and tasting the bread —
it forces me to be in the present moment.
Is there a better way to meditate?"
— Alexandra Shytsman, recipe developer
and photographer for The New Baguette
"Cooking has always been my mental stress reliever, but the pandemic gave me more time at home to dive deeper into more complex recipes — specifically traditional Mexican mole recipes."
"Baking fed my family, gave my day more structure, and motivated me to stay connected with my baker friends. We stayed with family in Florida through much of 2020, and I felt that [baking] was a small, and hopeful, way to thank them for providing shelter from the storm."
— Erik Fabian, cofounder of Sourdough Hope,
a search for the most hopeful sourdough baking story in America
These glasses use an FL-41 filter,
a rosy tint to protect your peepers from the wavelengths deemed most triggering to your noggin.
Big flour dreams
A green light therapy lamp uses the light color that can alleviate pain rather than exacerbate it. Place one on your nightstand for soothing relief.
Green light lamp.
Blackout curtains can block out the daylight when you feel less like walking on sunshine and more like stomping it.
Night shift or nightlight mode.
How to Make Your Bedroom into a Migraine-Prevention Sanctuary of Comfort
Perfumes, scented candles, fabric softener, and harsh cleaners are potential triggers
for migraine episodes.
The scent of lavender in the room might help bust migraine.
Common allergy triggers can also set off a migraine episode. (Lookin’ at you, dust bunnies!)
A small air purifier can keep dust
and pet dander at bay and squash scents wafting
from the kitchen.
Migraine can also be a pain in the neck. Good, supportive pillows are a must.
Pillows and props.
If you don’t have a ceiling fan, invest in a floor version. Even small temperature hikes can trigger migraine attacks.
A white noise machine will block
all the city sounds and the annoyingly chipper birds.
Keep your meds handy
and set reminders for those you take regularly
Applying menthol (found in peppermint)
to your forehead, temples, or back of your neck can ease migraine. Keep a roll-on ready.
Corral any additional items that typically bring you relief into an easy-to-grab bag or pouch.
Depending on your device, night shift or nightlight mode, turns screen tones to a warmer color, blocking out harsh blue light that can trigger or worsen a migraine attack.