Some Medical Conditions That Are Helped By The Use Of Jigsaws

How can playing with JIGSAWS support my health?


Jigsaw advantages

Team Building



Sense of Achievement

Picture for the wall

Relieve boredom

Cognitive repair/slow decline

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The Brain is an amazing “machine”. When it stops working, we die – we are ‘brain dead’.

You can use JIGSAWS to improve your problem-solving skills:
When you are puzzling you only have one task in hand – to join the pieces together so that you create an image.
For each JIGSAW there is only one correct solution so you will be motivated to see the challenge through.

Use JIGSAWS to experience some of the benefits experienced through meditation:
Because your mind is focused, you’ll find yourself just concentrating on the puzzle.
Concentrating will empty your brain of the stresses and anxieties that you face every day.
In that way, completing a jigsaw has a similar effect to meditation.
It helps to provide a sense calmness and peace.

Use JIGSAWS to improve your attention span:
For many people who work hard to complete them, JIGSAW puzzles have an addictive effect.
Once you start a new one, you simply don’t want to stop it until you’ve finished it!
If you’re a naturally impatient person, you’ll find that the varying colours, shapes and sizes of the jigsaw pieces hold your attention so much that your impatience actually calms.

Use JIGSAWS to improve your fine motor skills – your “hand-eye coordination” :
JIGSAW puzzles are a fantastic tool for helping you to improve your fine motor skills.
They can be used by toddlers and young people, as easily as by adults.
The small pieces require you to work carefully and carefully slot the pieces together.

Use JIGSAWS to harnesses the power of your brain:
Whilst you are completing a jigsaw you will be working both sides of your brain.
– The left side of your brain thinks logically.
– The right side of your brain deals with intuition, creativity and emotions.
By combining the work of the two sides, by using them at the same time, you actually harness or capture the full extent of your brain’s power.

Use JIGSAWS to memory improvement: Jigsaws have been proven to sharpen our memories as puzzlers must remember where a certain piece fits within the wider picture, which can be tricky if you have had a break for a week or two.

Use JIGSAWS to social skills: completing a jigsaw with a friend or family member promotes discussion and interaction as team work is essential for finishing a tricky puzzle!

Use JIGSAWS to independence: completing a jigsaw puzzle is also a fantastic solo pastime, especially for those who live alone. The hobby is so absorbing that hours can whizz by without you realising!

Use JIGSAWS to perseverance and resilience: Jigsaw puzzles are hard to complete and the satisfaction one feels after slotting in the final piece of a frustrating jigsaw is second to know. Completing a jigsaw requires persistence and is an important lesson for all ages.

Use JIGSAWS for traditional fun:
Today, we are swamped by technology and there are now very few hobbies that don’t require an app, TV or element of digital technology to enhance them. Completing a jigsaw puzzle is a fun and entertaining pastime that enjoyed without any kind of electronic involvement. It can completely segregate you from the digital world which, in a world dominated by tweets, trends and snapchat stories, can be essential to our mental well-being.