I work on puzzles during my free time. It’s the best. I don’t need to go out and face the drunk crowds at overpacked, overhyped bars. I just stay in, stream a podcast, and focus in on Vincent van Gogh’s brush strokes on puzzle pieces.
When my friends come over and see the piece I’m working on they always ask me how I can stand it. To them, looking at a 1,000 piece puzzle spread out makes them stressed. They start to question if they will ever be able to finish it. They question the point of it all.
I don’t really get stressed when I think of working on my puzzle. I just think of it as a way to let go of everything around me for an hour or more and instead zone in on this one thing. It’s a great way for me to practice Mindfulness. I focus on this one small piece until I find it’s place. Nothing else matters for a few moments.
Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I do feel overwhelmed when I stare down at the half finished puzzle taking up part of my bedroom floor. It gets worst the closer I get to finishing the outer edges and the more distinct pieces of the painting. When I look at the swirls upon swirls of clouds I do start to feel myself tense up.
I wanted to test with my Spire if I actually was calm or focused during my puzzle time. So I took a couple of hours to work on my puzzle while wearing my Spire.
As you can see below, it turns out I’m pretty calm when I’m working on a puzzle! While coloring books are becoming big tools to help adults reduce stress, puzzles also have their own mindfulness appeal.
Have you tried to use puzzles to help you destress? Let us know in the comments!