6 Shocking Benefits Of Puzzling (& Cute Puzzles!)

Are you looking for a productive off screen hobby with benefits for you brain? Try puzzling! Today, we’re going to look at 6 surprising benefits of puzzling . . . and checking out some cute puzzles too.

Hey, homebodies – how are your four walls treating you? They look remarkably familiar? Feel like they’re starting to close in on you? Ah yes, well, welcome to the roaring 20s!

In the spirit of being stuck inside, my human and I have been desperately clawing for new hobbies. (Ones that preferably involve zero screen-time too. 2020 gave us Animal Crossing and an excuse to binge Netflix for days straight; our eyes and brains are taking a battering.) Our latest and potentially most surprising hobby of choice? Puzzling.

There’s a good case to be made for starting up a puzzle collection – so print me a diploma off Google Images and call me a lawyer, because your girl’s about to make it!

1. The Biggest Benefit Of Puzzling? It’s Good For Your Brain.

 Studies have shown that doing jigsaw puzzles can improve cognition and visual-spatial reasoning. The act of putting the pieces of a puzzle together requires concentration and improves short-term memory and problem solving. – Source Blogs.edm.edu

We all know how important brain health is. After all, we’re lucky enough to have progressive healthcare that allows us to live longer, healthier lives! However, we want to live those long lives to the fullest – and having a healthy brain is a large part of that.

2. Puzzles are cute AF, so it’s an activity and free artwork

Is this the reason behind this post? Solid yes. I found this absolutely gorgeous puzzling brand, Okay Lady, and I’m hooked. They feature independent female artists on their designs and pay them commissions on every sale. We love.

Not only are they all about business practices I love, the artwork is real cute. Their puzzles are the perfect size for beginners at 400 pieces – large enough to complete over multiple sittings, but not overwhelming. Plus, you can frame and keep them afterwards!

3. Puzzling is a no screen time hobby in a world where it’s pretty hard to find them.

PLANT SHELFIE PUZZLE – AMAZON

We are using technology constantly, especially during lockdown. Working from home, keeping in contact with people and just generally trying to stay entertained! (No shame – 2020 was boring.) There are large downsides to all the screentime though.

Potential harmful effects of extensive screen time and technology use include heightened attention-deficit symptoms, impaired emotional and social intelligence, technology addiction, social isolation, impaired brain development, and disrupted sleep. – Source Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

A large benefit of jigsaw puzzling is simply that it’s something you can do offscreen! Give your eyes a break before they go square, sis.

Eileen from YesMissy shared a fantastic post with suggestions for off-screen activities you can try during lockdown and I highly recommend reading it.

4. It’s low-skill and relaxing

Better Co Floral Puzzle – AMAZON

While searching for new hobbies is something a lot of us have done during lockdown, sometimes you just want something easy. Lightweight. That doesn’t require obsessively watching 20 Youtube videos in a row before it “clicks”. (And yes, macramé, I am talking about you.)

Puzzling is relaxing and easy; it’s completely beginner friendly!

If you like relaxing and easy hobbies, try my DIY mindful colouring book!

5. It’s fun on your own and with a friend

Love Lives Here Puzzle – AMAZON

My partner and I complete puzzles both together and individually and either way is really fun! Popping on a vinyl and pouring a glass of wine is a relaxing way for both of us to unwind after work.

Likewise, if I just need to switch off for a few hours, whipping out a jigsaw puzzle is both fun and relaxing.

6. Puzzling can help you live longer and ward off Alzheimer’s

KAIYU Moon Puzzle,Gradient Puzzle, Round Puzzle, Jigsaw Puzzles 1000 Pieces for Adults, Large Round Jigsaw Puzzle, Educational Gifts for Teens, Decompression Puzzle Educational Game

Moon Puzzle – AMAZON

A new study found people who who kept their brains active most of their lives by reading, writing, completing crossword puzzles, or playing challenging games were a lot less likely to develop brain plaques that are tied to Alzheimer’s disease. Source – cbsnews.com

We lightly touched on the fact that puzzling is beneficial for your brain health . . . but how does that add up over a lifetime? Apparently pretty well! If you’re a fellow blogger, bonus points for hitting your reading and writing criteria already – why not add another tick to your list?

And now to turn it to over to you guys! Do you enjoy puzzling? Is it something you’d try? Were you aware of these benefits? (Oh – and which of the cute puzzles I featured here was your favourite? I’m partial to the plant shelfie myself!) Let me know your thoughts down below,

Peace,

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18 thoughts on “6 Shocking Benefits Of Puzzling (& Cute Puzzles!)

  1. I haven’t done a puzzle since this time last year but this has sold the idea of giving them a go again!! Had no idea how beneficial they are for the brain and it’s nice that they’re a calming activity too. The plant shelf one is very cute! Now I’m going to spend my day looking round at puzzles 😄😂. Brilliant post, very informative! ✨💕

    1. Thanks for reading, Elsie! I’m such a sucker for a cute plant puzzle myself – and I know right? I got into them because I wanted a break from the screen time, but was pleasantly surprised about their other benefits xx

  2. My family recently converted 18 hours of footage from when I was a baby so that it was viewable today, and every single cassette had a little snippet of me doing puzzles. I used to love them and the way they made me think, and the satisfaction I felt on completing one! I lost the love over the years but I’m thinking I can get back into it now too!

  3. I actually have not done a puzzle in the longest time! I tried to find a puzzle for Christmas that you iron once you have finished it so the pieces stick together and form wall-art but it was actually a lot harder to find than I realized! xx

  4. These are cute puzzles! We really struggled with getting more puzzles for the kids in lockdown – they love them but they find most of the age appropriate ones far too easy, haha! I’d pull one out to keep them quiet while I had a meeting and then realise my mistake as it was one they could do in 10 minutes!

    My mum got them a few 100 piece puzzle ones and a little jigsaw puzzle roller thing so you can do it bit by bit – but they sat down and finished them on their own quite quickly, haha! It’s nice to see them have something they enjoy so much, and relaxing to sit there and help them with them (when they let me!)

    Hope you’re having a good weekend 🙂 It’s a relaxing and quiet one here.

    1. Thank you for reading, Mica! Aww that’s cute that they spend the time doing something creative and good for their brain like puzzling. I’m glad you had a good weekend 🙂

  5. I’ve been meaning to play with puzzles, but now you’ve inspired me to actually go take action. Maybe a trip to the puzzle store is in order now. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Omg I haven’t done a puzzle in ages!! There is something so nostalgic about them, I really need to buy one and spend an afternoon doing it. Thanks for encouraging me to do something not on a screen 🙂 xxx

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