Jigsaw your way to better health
Jigsaws have seen a resurgence in recent years as we seek to find ways to unwind that don't involve screens. Too much screen time can lead to eye strain, sleeping problems and even obesity. Whether alone or with family; unplug, jump into a jigsaw and see how it can change your mood.
FOUR HEALTH BENEFITS OF JIGSAW-ING
Exercise both sides of your brain
The left linear-thinking and the right creative side both get a chance to flex their muscles and you use both to problem solve. Like physical exercise, the more you do, the better you get.Improve your short term memory
When you're putting together a puzzle, you have to keep remembering where certain shapes and colours are. Studies have shown just 20 minutes a day can have a difference on memory, reinforcing the connections between our brain cells.
Yes, really! Searching for pieces and fitting them into a larger picture helps our visual-spatial reasoning - how good we are at visualising in our mind the position of one shape in relation to another. So doing jigsaws on a regular basis helps you do things like not step on someones toes when dancing, improve your parallel parking and drawing objects correctly.
Stress is so bad for our bodies and minds, itleads to higher blood pressure and heart rate with various health consequences from headaches to fatigue. Jigsaws can be a great way to get out of your head and into the moment because they demand all our attention to solve.
NEW IN JIGSAWS
Your favourite West Country scenes divided into 1000 pieces. And for blossoming minds, a 48 piece children's jigsaw.