‘Tapau Please’ by SethLui.com: Epi #050 — Cooking fatigue; what it is & navigating this unseen distress

Now that we’re still encouraged to stay safe at home and so many of us are still working from home, we’ve come to realise the added responsibility of cooking for ourselves and our families more often than we’re used to. In comes cooking fatigue, a new sort of stress that we’re sure so many kitchen crew and homemakers have faced for years, way before the pandemic shone a light on the issue.

Today, we reflect on this increasing worry and how best to navigate the matter if you feel burdened by it.

Lady cooking noodles
CreditSteve Long

We, for one, know that conjuring up a meal plan isn’t exactly a walk in the park if you’re trying to plan a week’s worth of meals for a family of four. It might be slightly easier if you’re planning for yourself, but still, the time and effort to cook three square meals a day for a week is more about discipline and habit more than say, fun.

Not much thought has been given to cooking fatigue, and it’s one that’s been given a bit more spotlight since we’ve been shifting our work situation around our home life and also, F&B merchants have had to tirelessly concoct new menus to attract enough business to sustain them amidst a pandemic. It’s been tiring for both sides, and it’s something that we should finally address.

How do you navigate having to cook every day? Or do you resort to ordering in and eating out most days of the week? Have you felt the burnout of cooking daily as well? We’d love to hear from you and the creative ways you manage cooking fatigue. Leave your comments on our Facebook page, and as always, for all episodes of Tapau Please, tune in at PodbeanSpotifyGoogle Podcasts, and Apple Podcasts.

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