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