Aside from being a fun way to waste idle moments, solving puzzles has been scientifically proven to have several positive health benefits.
Not only does it strengthen your mental speed and sharpen your thought processes, it can also be a great way to slow brain deterioration and keep your mind active, engaged and healthy – no matter your age or circumstances.
In celebration of
National Puzzle Day, we’ve put together a list of the top five reasons why we
encourage our staff, our clients and our friends to put some time aside for
Improving short-term memory
Jigsaw puzzles are
a fantastic way of sharpening your short-term memory. For care staff this could
help you to remember names, addresses and Care Plan details for the clients you
work with, and clients may find care appointments a little less intrusive if they
can keep track of dates and times without always needing to write it down.
Being two steps ahead
Puzzling is a great
way of training your brain to look at things from a different angle; whether
that’s considering multiple outcomes or thinking entirely out of the box.
Having the ability to think critically, quickly and theoretically is a great
tool to have when problem-solving or planning!
Keeping Dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay
Keeping your mind engaged and active is thought to be able to help minimise the symptoms of Dementia and Alzheimer’s. The cognitive stimulation of puzzling is said to delay or reduce the risk of developing abnormal brain changes, as well as the act of completing a puzzle giving a sense of control to those with Dementia.
the brain to a state similar to that we experience when we’re meditating. This
is not only calming but helps to lower your stress levels, allow you to think
more clearly and improve your mood (unless your puzzling makes you late!).
Up the productivity
As a result of your
lowered stress levels and happier mood, you may also realise a boost of
productivity. Those few minutes or half an hour of puzzle time can help to
reset your brain and give you the break you need to concentrate on the things
you should really be doing.
So, whether a
private puzzler or someone looking for new ways to engage your clients, friends
or family members, here’s five fantastic reasons to get your brain active and that
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