Humans are unique creatures that have the innate ability to problem solve, find patterns, meaning, and innovative solutions. In addition to this, human experiences and emotions are linked directly to the brain.
The cells your brain produces are different to the other sections of the body. They are formed at birth and within a year, fewer new brain cells are formed whilst the other cells regenerate daily. Which means the first five years of a child’s lifespan are essential in establishing the foundation of health, happiness, educational growth, personal growth, as well as development and learning for later life.
Also, due to the brain’s inability to feel pain it is difficult to assess the overall health of your brain as you may not be aware of any underlying conditions or problems, such as insomnia. Hence, keeping your mind active and providing the correct nutrients and minerals to the brain is paramount to keeping it in tip top shape.
From the induced state of near-meditation bliss; to the unfaltering cognitive improvement; and the prevention of serious illnesses, puzzles, and lateral thinking have a uniqueness tied to them which offer the problem solver essential and surprising benefits which you will reap for the entirety of your lives.
Not convinced? Read below and discover how these five aspects of lateral thinking and puzzle-solving can improve your health and wellbeing!
Our Top 5 Methods
1) Reduced Screen Time
We both know that too much screen time can have a detrimental effect on our health. It effects our weight, sleeping pattern and cognitive development, as well as, the overall healthiness of our brain and eyes. The healthier your brain is, the more resilience you have against brain ageing and disease. Which means, the less time you spend glued to the screen - the better. Jigsaw puzzles, lateral thinking and other brain training games are not just tools for educational purposes - they’re the perfect alternatives to social media.
2) Problem Solving
Whether trying to find the perfect parking spot or figure out how to overcome a work-related issue or even how to connect the pieces of a puzzle. We will take a variety of approaches to learn the value of theory formulation, hypothesis testing and when something doesn’t go according to plan, we change our perspective to formulate a great solution.
3) Memory Enhancement
Your intellectual processors are challenged whenever you attempt to laterally think or solve a jigsaw puzzle, no matter the difficulty or piece-count. As you familiarise yourself with their shape, colour, various patterns and envision them as part of a larger picture you test your problem-solving skills whilst enhancing your mental speed and thought process.
In order to optimally enhance memory, minerals should be used for the health and functioning of your brain because without minerals you can’t use your water intake to the fullest degree. It is the minerals job to hold water which has been consumed in your brain cells.
There are a great deal of us who love to solve puzzles and laterally think solo; however, sometimes there is no greater feeling than solving a puzzle with a friend, relative, or a fellow lateral thinker and puzzle-lover - a little mindfulness pick-me-up.
The joint venture of puzzle solving creates opportunities for teamwork and prevents loneliness. Interacting with others and creating bonds has been known to have a positive effect on your overall health.
Stand by for some science about the brain and socialisation...
80% of the brain is made up of water, and operating on as little as 2% water loss is enough to produce neurological symptoms such as fatigue, reduced attention spans and concentration difficulty.
By ensuring you keep hydrated throughout the day you support your brain activity, function and ability to socialise and interact with others. (Feel free to share this knowledge with your puzzle partner)
Puzzles, no matter the kind, help stimulate brain activity and induce psychological tranquility. As you go through the concentrative process of piecing together connecting pieces, puzzles are bound by challenge.
The more intricate the puzzle the more satisfying it is to connect (remember the feeling? I bet you do!), as it releases serotonin and dopamine, the feel-good hormones which govern our mood, motivation and memory.
To aid the release of dopamine, why don’t you pair food that contains the amino acid tryptophan with a source of carbohydrates that will aid tryptophan getting to the brain. An example, of this, pairing a slice of succulent turkey breast with an oh so, creamy roasted butternut squash and broccoli. (Again the science, you will WOW them with this knowledge and to suggest a great bit of nosh as well!)