Following months of lockdown, we are now in a period of readjustment, connecting with our families, friends and local communities. Solving a puzzle is a game that is educational, fun, engaging and beneficial to mental health. It is suitable for any age, and it provides a way to focus on something positive. The perfect place to do this is your public library. Solving puzzles together as a group promotes health, wellbeing, and resilience for all participants.
Group puzzle solving maintains social interaction and boosts knowledge
It is quite feasible to connect with friends to solve a puzzle in a group, and your public library is the ideal environment. It can provide the necessary resources for an active program; iPads, large flat screen tv and space for attendees. 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. It is a win win for everyone.
Research shows that 3 in 4 people with a mental illness develop symptoms before the age of 25. With people suffering from mental health issues at an all time high as a result of the pandemic, forming an online puzzling club is a great way to stay connected, help reduce anxiety, as well as foster learning and social interaction; both for the sufferers and the supporters.
Puzzles are enjoyable, stress-free, and non-threatening activities. They allow puzzlers to engage with their friends and let their brain focus on something positive. Regular library 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.
Solving puzzles provides the perfect coping mechanism
This is still an anxious time for all of us. It is easy to feel disconnected and isolated. However keeping in touch over an engaging puzzle is the ideal activity to keep the problem at bay. So, pay a visit and see if the library staff would like to set up a puzzle club. Use these challenging times to develop a love of lifelong learning that will stand you in good stead.