Solving Puzzles May Ease Panic Attacks

Anxiety affects millions of people, young and old, around the world.  It can be extremely debilitating.  However, we have some good news.  Research has discovered that solving puzzles may ease panic attacks.

An article published in Psychology Today says that the best way to combat panic attacks is to engage your brain.

There are two reasons why puzzle games will help to combat panic attacks and anxiety.  The medical reason is that logic puzzles, such as crosswords, codewords and sudoku stimulate the area of the brain that manages logic and concentration.  Strengthening that part of the brain will help to reduce the impact from the more emotional, panic-stricken side.   The non-medical reason is that turning your mind to something fun, absorbing and challenging will use up the time and concentration that you would otherwise allow for worrying.  The best strategy is to keep calm and solve a puzzle.

Solving puzzles : a good mental health first aid plan 

As the saying goes… to be forewarned is to be forearmed.  A mental health episode (eg. panic attack) is like any medical issue where first aid is required.  The great thing about solving puzzles these days is that you can access them wherever you are.  You never know when a panic attack is going to strike, but you should be ready to be the first responder.  When you feel the symptoms start, grab your iPad, and login to your favourite puzzle.  Sit down in a quiet space and start focusing on your selected brainteaser.  After a while, you will feel a release, and be ready to get back to your day.  It never hurts to take time out. 

The good news is that your panic attack will pass.  They aren’t permanent., but you always need to be prepared.  Solving puzzles is an invaluable pastime that can help you work through a difficult mental health episode and regain your composure.  Best of all, it’s a lot of fun and very satisfying.

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