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The Puzzle Effect: The Surprising benefits of Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults with ADHD

how jigsaw puzzles can help ADHD
How jigsaw puzzles can help ADHD

For adults with ADHD, life often feels chaotic with a whirlwind of distractions. Tasks can seem overwhelming, focus can be short lived, and finding moments of calm can be a challenge. But did you know that research has shown that there's a simple, satisfying activity that can offer surprising benefits: jigsaw puzzles!


Embracing hyper focus:

You might be surprised to know that the intricate details and challenges of a puzzle can actually work in harmony with ADHD brains. It allows us to hyper-focus, whilst getting completely absorbed in the task at hand -as the picture unfolds; each piece we place becomes a mini-victory, resulting in a sense of accomplishment.


Brainpower Boost:

Don't underestimate the power of a good puzzle to build up your cognitive stamina!!

Engaging in a jigsaw puzzle can significantly improve our capacity to sustain attention and concentration over an extended period, while also enhancing our overall cognitive function. Additionally, this mental exercise can boost memory, problem-solving skills, and overall cognitive function.


Tranquillity in a Box:

Engaging in a jigsaw puzzle provides a calming and refreshing escape from the demands of modern life. Unlike screen-based activities, jigsaw puzzles offer a tactile experience that allows us to disconnect from the digital world and relax. It allows us to immerse ourselves in a calming, tactile experience without worrying about the outcome. Our attention is guided to the present moment. It's like a mindfulness exercise, but without the need to sit in silence or focus on your breath. Try listening to some calming music or listening to an audiobook while working on one, to make the experience even more enjoyable.


The Confidence Connection:

Don’t underestimate the powerful feeling of accomplishment you get from completing a puzzle. As you gaze upon the finished image, you can't help but feel a surge of pride and satisfaction which can have a profound impact on your mood.  In fact, research suggests that completing puzzles can help boost self-esteem and confidence, which may be lacking in individuals with ADHD.  So, by embracing the puzzle, you're not just exercising your brain – you're also giving yourself a much-needed confidence boost.


Completing the Picture:

So, if you're feeling stuck in a cycle of distractions and struggling to focus... Perhaps take a break from the digital world and grab a jigsaw puzzle. As the pieces come together, you may find that the turbulent mental haze of thoughts begin to fade away, replaced by a sense of calm and clarity. You might just discover that the quiet satisfaction of completing a puzzle is just what you need to recharge your batteries and tackle life's challenges with renewed energy.

So why not get puzzling?

benefits of Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults with ADHD
Benefits of Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults with ADHD

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