Ever wonder what your brain looks like when putting together a jigsaw puzzle? When putting a puzzle together, we use part of our brain that are not normally as active. The brain is a muscle and when we stretch it and give it a good workout, you improve the function and overall brain activity.
Jigsaw puzzles stimulate both sides of the brain. The creative right side and the logical left side. When putting a puzzle together, the brain has a large amount of data to process. It has to factor in different colors, shapes and sizes. Our brains look for patterns and try map everything out. Doing this fires signals back and forth which improve function and slow down mental decline. This is why doctors recommend doing something which makes the brain think and problem solve, to Alzheimer and Dementia patients. Large Piece Puzzles are available at Puzzle Warehouse.
Coloring is also great for the brain. Coloring difficult designs and free style drawing/painting promotes mental focus activates more of the creative side of the brain. Repetitive actions such as these are also very relaxing for the brain. Distractions are a great stress reliever.