Puzzling therapy is an antidote to self-isolation misery > During the coronavirus lockdown our world is closing in on us and we seek new ways to relieve boredom. Strange things are happening, like talking to each other!
Or having family meals together and digging out long forgotten games, like Monopoly. (Oh, how we have forgotten the joy of family rows caused by landing on Mayfair with only £100 in our bank).
Such board games may not preserve family unity, but they certainly preserve our sanity during the coronavirus pandemic and stop the onset of claustrophobia.
One pastime coming back into fashion is the jigsaw, which is replacing adult colouring books as the best way to avoid going stir-crazy.
Immersive therapy puzzles are certainly an excellent distraction from the non-stop distressing news which pervades our homes.
Jigsaw puzzle therapy to the rescue
A strange phenomenon of this pastime is that jigsawers (is there such a word?) always complaint how difficult their design is to complete, as though doing it is a punishment. Once it is completed all sins are forgiven, photos taken and WhatsApp photos shared. The sense of achievement is immense.
“Lots of our clients gush about how jigsaw therapy helps them relax and unwind, says a Tonic therapist. “It offers full mind immersion that drives out all the horrible coronavirus news. You can easily test this theory – try doing a jigsaw while listening to the news, having a conversation or watching TV. The puzzle always wins”.
But are jigsaws really the stress busters as claimed? Or are they simply a diversion fad destined to go the same way as adult colouring books post-coronavirus? This is unlikely, as with global sales nudging £550 million, the puzzle industry is probably a bigger market than all complementary therapies put together. Tonic is in the wrong business!
Dissectologists don’t go to pieces! *
In our hyper-connected world, if you are physically doing a cardboard puzzle, you are by definition, disconnected and engaged in a task that is immersive. Puzzleologists are cut off in their own little world away from the interruptions and stresses of day-to-day life. And that has to be good for the brain health.
Jigsaws may even help you fall asleep, as looking for matching pieces takes your mind off the worries which cause insomnia. Certainly a pointless distraction is preferable to lying there at night thinking about trying to go to sleep. It is just you and your puzzle – a full-brain exercise which prevents multitasking, ensuring you tune out all your worries.