Catch up with friends by solving puzzles

By Catherine Eagleson

Many people are struggling with the ‘new normal’ brought on by COVID-19. Solving puzzles can help them to develop good coping strategies to combat this.

At a time where people around the world are having their movements severely restricted movement it is important to find activities to keep occupied when isolating at home. Solving a puzzle is an game that is educational, fun, engaging and beneficial to mental health. During these different and challenging times, it provides a way to focus on something positive and wholesome!

Although puzzling has traditionally been a solitary activity, our technological age allows us to be much more innovative with our devices and online platforms.  

Solving puzzles together promotes health, wellbeing and resilience

At a time where we are all staying home far more than we used to, keeping connected with our friends has never been more important. Research shows that 3 in 4 people with a mental illness develop symptoms before the age of 25.  Forming an online puzzling club is a great way to stay connected, help reduce anxiety, as well as foster learning and social interaction. An puzzling session can be set up via Zoom. 

Puzzles are enjoyable, stress-free and non-threatening activities.  They allow puzzlers to engage with their friends and let their brain focus on something helpful and wholesome. If they have a tendency to suffer from mental health issues, it is vital they keep important people around them at this time. Regular puzzling sessions can be something they can look forward to and provide a strong coping strategy for the times they know are difficult for them.  They will feel much better knowing that they have a plan in place to deal with it.

Online group puzzle solving maintains social interaction and boosts knowledge 

It is quite feasible to connect with friends to solve a puzzle in an online setting.  Zoom is an excellent tool for this.  Puzzlers will be able to draw on their own general knowledge skills to help solve puzzles, which will give them a feeling of satisfaction.  In turn, they will also learn new words and facts. 

Solving puzzles provides the perfect coping mechanism

This is an anxious time for all of us.  It is easy to feel disconnected and isolated. However it won’t last forever.  Keeping in touch with a group of friends over an engaging puzzle is the ideal activity to keep the problem at bay.


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