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Advantages Of Jigsaw Puzzle For Adults

Advantages Of Jigsaw Puzzle For Adults

As the cold weather gets at you, you may feel the cabin fever sinking always. One way to prevent that is by getting a list of activities you and your family can do at home this time.
After playing a small board game, watching a movie and reading your lovely books, you can pass time by doing an amazing puzzle! In an effort to help you relax and get your mind off unwanted things,
There's a quiet movement going on in this amazing country, and it doesn't involve mobile apps, data or the latest gizmos. Following the lead of coloring books for kids and traditional catchy board games, adult jigsaw puzzles are seeing a spike in popularity. Perhaps, because it's an opportunity to get away and give yourself and your family an escape from the information overload that is making us go nuts through the very part of our lives 24x7.
Fighting yourself away from displays, mobiles, even the TV can be a nearly impossible task, but it's much important to our mental and even physical health. A jigsaw puzzle requires your full attention and therein lies the magic everyone needs. Everyone from teens to millennials and overworked lovely parents to senior citizens are returning to this quiet pastime of childhood days. Call it a back to the past.

Here are some amazing benefits of jigsaw puzzles for adults that might surprise you.

  1. Jigsaw puzzles exercise the left and right sides of your brain at once, that's right. Your left brain is logical thinking and works in a linear way, while your right brain is creative thinking and intuitive. When you're doing a jigsaw puzzle, both sides are fully engaged, according to Sanesco Health Research, an industry leader in neurotransmitter testing equipment. Think of it as a mental workout that improves your problem-solving skills and attention duration. It's no surprise that Mr.Bill Gates admits to being a serious puzzler.
  2. Jigsaw puzzles boost your short-term memory. Can't remember what you had for dinner yesterday? Jigsaw puzzles can help you with that. Doing a puzzle reinforces connections between your brain cells, improves mental accuracy and is an especially good way to improve short-term memory.
  3. Adult Jigsaw puzzles improve your visual-spatial reasoning. When you do an adult jigsaw puzzle, you need to look at each individual piece and figure out where they'll fit into the big colourful picture. If you do it on a regular basis, you will definitely improve visual-spatial reasoning, which helps with driving a car or bike, packing necessary, using a complex map, learning and following tough dance moves, and a whole list of other things.
  4. Adult Jigsaw puzzles are a classy meditation tool and stress reliever for sure. Focusing on one image for a very long period of time, without other thoughts entering your mind, is in itself a meditation. By doing an adult jigsaw puzzle, you're getting the same benefits as if you have meditated. The stress of everyday life goes away and is replaced by a sense of peace and tranquility that lowers your blood pressure and heart rate which benefits you in many ways .
  5. Jigsaw puzzles are a great way to connect with family and friends. Starting a new jigsaw puzzle and keeping it on a table in your living room or kitchen is an invitation for the whole family to participate in it anyway, whenever they have a few minutes to sit down and focus on it. It's a tactic that parents of teens can use for starting a conversation with them while working towards a shared goal.
  6. Conversely, jigsaw puzzles are great for some who need some time alone.
  7. Puzzling is perfect for people who want a peaceful, solo break from the bustle and hustle of today's digital lifestyle.

Studies show that people who do adult jigsaw puzzles have longer life spans with less chances of developing Alzheimer's disease, memory loss or even dementia. Puzzling stimulates the brain and actually gets off the plaque that is the marker of Alzheimer's, according to a recent scientific study published in the Archives of Neurology. The study compared brain scans of 75-year-olds to 21-year-olds. The elderly people who did puzzles regularly had brain scans comparable to the 21-year-olds.

If you are choosing an adult jigsaw puzzle for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia, always be sure to choose the right type of puzzle.

  • Stay away from kids' puzzles with large pieces that are too easy to complete. Also avoid puzzles that are complex and not having many colors. Find a puzzle that’s challenging but not impossible to do.
  • Simple jigsaw puzzles are appropriate for late-stage dementia. If your cared one has arthritis or has trouble picking up small puzzle pieces, take this into consideration when selecting a jigsaw puzzle.
  • Pick a puzzle that has a pleasant and peaceful picture, or may evoke memories for your loved one or a loved location.
  • Set up the puzzle station in a place that has plenty of light coming in and your cared one can sit comfortably and safely enjoying your puzzle.
  • Place a white or light colored tablecloth over the area you intend to work on the puzzle. The added contrast of the light colored tablecloth will help them distinguish the puzzle pieces. 
  • Doing jigsaw puzzles is good for your clear mind, active body and pure soul. So, on your next lazy Sunday, unplug, put your phone on "Do Not Disturb" that's most needed, and get blown away by an adult jigsaw puzzle.