The best way to keep our minds active & firing
Did you know jigsaw puzzles do more than just provide hours of fun for kids?
As we get older, our brains still need to be kept active to improve our memory, mood and can assist in preventing major illnesses. Building puzzles as a regular part of our daily lives can be as important as going out for a walk or run everyday.
Various studies have shown that by keeping the brain active through puzzles and problem-solving activities, it can reduce the amount of brain cell damage
in Alzheimer’s patients and assist in the growth of new nerve cells and the connections between them.
And, according to research published in the Frontiers in Aging NeuroScience, it was found that jigsaw puzzles might be a protective factor for visuospatial cognitive aging and led authors to conclude that
doing jigsaws long term “can be considered for recommendations regarding healthy cognitive ageing”.
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So, how do we exercise our brain?
Doing puzzles is considered a complete brain exercise as it allows us to use both right and left sides of the brain. The right side oversees our creativity, emotions, and intuitive thinking while the left side works on the logical, methodical and objective side. Allowing both sides of the brain to work and communicate together helps prevent cognitive degeneration.
When we need to pay particular attention to detail to help us complete an image, we are training our eyes to find small differences in colours and shapes. The connection between colours and shapes is a skill learnt in early childhood development and will continue to grow and develop well into your older years.
Our jigsaw pieces are all hand-drawn and specifically designed to get those cognitive brain neurons firing, so don’t be surprised if you find a dancing ballerina shape in your butterfly jigsaw puzzle!
How can we develop our spacial awareness?
Spatial awareness refers to your ability to be aware of objects in space and your body’s position in relation to them. As adults, we can also work to improve spatial awareness by staying active, taking up hobbies like photography, or doing jigsaw puzzles. Jigsaw puzzles allows us to develop and grow our spacial awareness through assembling different shapes and sizes to create a larger and more comprehensive image.