Must-have puzzles while battling depression


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Puzzles are a great hobby that also stimulates the brain in a positive way.

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Puzzle games are also a good choice for people with depression.

According to Wired writer Zoe Hannah, puzzles are great for mental health because they help people with depression keep their heads above water. For Hannah, the puzzles challenge and occupy her busy mind during episodes of depression and anxiety.

India’s Harsh Goyal also turned to puzzles to distract himself from stress and anxiety during COVID-19 lockdowns. For Goyal, the puzzles help him find himself in a “good mood” when finished.

In an interview, trauma therapist Olivia James said Wired that solving puzzles makes people feel good because it gives them a sense of control and satisfaction.

“What’s so satisfying about puzzles is that there are no surprises,” James said. “Nothing unexpected is going to happen in a puzzle.”

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James said the puzzles are useful for people with depression, stress and anxiety because they give them a “vacation away from home” by allowing them to “gently focus” on something else.

“If you can do a puzzle that’s still in your cognitive abilities, it kind of gives you a little boost,” she said. “Solving a puzzle can remind you that you are capable, intelligent, and at least well enough to do something with your mind. “When we’re so depressed it’s actually a really good thing.”

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James also noted that puzzles occupy the mind and help people focus outward, which allows them to break away from their internal monologue. Once the puzzle is completed, a sense of accomplishment is felt and catharsis sets in while making people feel smarter and better prepared for the uncertainties of life.

“Anything that humans can do to self-regulate, to calm down, is helpful,” James told Wired. “We try to manage our own moods. Puzzles are just one way to do it.

However, the therapist pointed out that puzzles are not a substitute for mental health care, and it is possible to become obsessive and obsessed with puzzles, which impairs a person’s ability to get help.


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