Learning to Puzzle for Leisure

Following ongoing periods of lockdown over the last two years or so, we are now in a period of readjustment, re-connecting with our families, friends and our local communities. We need to find activities that are educational, fun, engaging and beneficial to our mental health.  Highly disturbing statistics show the rate of people, in particular the  younger generations suffering from mental health issues is at an all time high; and it’s on a global scale.

Engaging our brains at our leisure

A solution may be closer than we think. It could all come down to learning to engage our brains.  Certain leisure activities such as puzzling, while being enjoyable, are also very good for maintaining good (mental) health and wellbeing.   The most beneficial are those that actively absorb our attention and can be pursued in a quiet environment with little or no external stress.

Learning to puzzle for leisure can be a helpful strategy for keeping mental ill-health at bay, and enjoyed by people of all ages.  Unlike everyday, real-life problems, puzzles are problems of the stress-free, and non-threatening kind. Engaging in regular solving, can help the puzzler build resilience, not to mention general knowledge, vocabulary, logic and critical thinking; all skills that are extremely beneficial for daily life.

Build a mental health puzzling hub 

Staying connected is key, and starting a regular puzzle club can give puzzlers the opportunity to spend quality time with like-minded friends and focus their brains  on something positive.  Puzzling events can be something participants can look forward to. Most importantly it can enable them to develop a strong coping strategy so they can handle stressful times better.  They will feel much better knowing that they have a plan in place to deal with it.