Puzzle and Chill: 7 Mental Health Benefits of Puzzling
In our era of constant digital distraction, puzzling is a great way to help us chill out, catch a break from social media and restore mental clarity. It’s estimated that we touch our phones over 2600 times a day on average! We’re wondering what if...we puzzle and chill instead?
1. Self care and stress relief
At your own desired pace, puzzling can help relieve stress and anxiety. Naturally, puzzling can help quiet the mind while being in the present moment. When your attention is on shapes and pieces rather than split every which way, it creates a calming effect much like meditation! This kind of “flow state” can help reduce stress and anxiety.
2. Hot bod, sharp mind
Puzzling requires you to exercize both the right and left side of your brain simultaneously! The left brain, the analytical side, searches for logical connections between the pieces. The right brain, the creative side, works intuitively to create a bigger whole. We use both types of thinking to solve a puzzle, and this enhances the connections between the two sides of your brain!
3. Puzzling improves visual and spatial reasoning, and short term memory
This easy brain workout can enhance your short term memory, benefiting other aspects of your life! Experiences with spatial play like puzzles and blocks help kids to develop the spatial reasoning skills to grow and perform well in science, math, technology, engineering and art!
4. Puzzling improves your focus and creativity
It doesn’t take much for your brain to go into happy gear and produce dopamine! Completing a puzzle with friends or in solitude encourages our brains to produce dopamine. So hello pleasure, concentration, confidence, learning, memory and motor skills! Puzzle glow your way into your next company meeting!
5. Puzzling can help you live a longer, healthier life--read that again
Studies have shown that jigsaw puzzles can keep the mind active and challenged as you age. This slows memory loss and can even increase life expectancy and delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
6. Puzzling is a great way to connect with family and friends
Date night? Holidays? Team building? Puzzling is great for meditative solitude and as a group activity. With the Waves Puzzle, we’ve seen people solve it in small groups, in pairs and individually! The shared challenge and accomplishment of completing a puzzle is a relaxing way to bond with family and friends while still paying attention to them. It can even help with team building in companies and small groups!
7. Puzzling gives you a feeling of mastery
There is nothing like that feeling of grounded in satisfaction like the one you get when your patience and hard work has paid off. Or when that missing puzzle piece completes the picture! Starting with a jumble of scattered pieces, you’ve created order out of chaos--we can apply this practice to life, am I right?
Ready to get started? With multiple solutions but only 49 pieces, the Waves Puzzle is like a cross between a jigsaw puzzle and sudoku! There is more than one way to solve this one and play freely! You can add an additional challenge if you’d like by mixing two or more colors together!