Puzzling for a Mentally Healthy Workplace

Maintaining good mental fitness is vitally important for all of us in our daily lives.  WHO research shows  while working is good for mental health, being stuck in a negative and toxic working environment can be highly detrimental and needs to be actively addressed to avoid stress and burnout.  Employees and employers alike need to monitor how their organisation functions and be aware of the things we can do to optimise it in the best possible way.  Solving puzzles can definitely play a key role.

Solve puzzles for good brain health

Solving puzzles each day is a great way for us to be self-motivated, engage our brain and have fun at the same time.  Setting a task to solve a crossword or a codeword over the breakfast or during our commute to work is extremely valuable.  It is a brilliant opportunity to energise our mind, improve logic and be totally prepared (mentally) for the day ahead.  The benefits of regular puzzling are huge.  Starting with easy puzzles and graduate to harder ones as we become more proficient.  It doesn’t take long, and it is very satisfying. 

Learning to use our brains productively is vital.  We encounter many problems in life that we are unable to solve, and this will sometimes have an adverse effect on our mental health.  We can’t necessarily stop the waves that life throws at us, but we can learn to surf. ‘Surfing’ is essentially developing coping strategies to handle them.  Puzzling is a great example.

Puzzling improves performance in the workplace

Employees inevitably experience stress in the workplace, and learning to manage this is vital.  Employers need to find innovative ways to help their workers foster good workplace (mental) health and wellbeing.  A brain that is active and stimulated will function better in difficult situations at work.  Puzzles are problems that can be solved, which is why they are universally popular, and have been for centuries.   The main reason we solve puzzles is because they are a lot of fun.  However at the same time, puzzling helps us with a lot of things behind the scenes such as improving our focus, concentration and memory; most importantly, it helps us to relax and wind down in the face of a stressful situation.

Employees can be encouraged to form a workplace puzzle club.  Puzzling in a group can be extremely satisfying, and it is an excellent feeling when the participants realise they have collectively cracked the a codeword or completely filled all the squares of a crossword.  With everyone using their own knowledge to make a contribution, it’s very much a team effort, which can definitely translate productively into other workplace activities.