How can I build in practising mindfulness to my everyday life?

A growing body of evidence has found that when people intentionally practice being mindful they feel less stressed, anxious and depressed. Research also shows positive effects on several aspects of whole-person health, including the mind, the brain, the body, and behaviour, as well as a person’s relationships with others.

An activity that can help us experience some of the many benefits of mindfulness is focusing on completing jigsaw puzzles. In a similar fashion to popular adult colouring books, jigsaw puzzles allow the brain to relax while keeping the hands busy. They provide a calming distraction from hours spent staring at screens, whether that’s a computer, TV or even a phone. An easy way to channel the imagination, a jigsaw puzzle gives you a creative outlet whilst keeping your mind focused. This activity allows us to achieve a state of creative meditation as well as leveraging the left (logical) and right (creative) sides of the brain.

In order to use jigsaw puzzles to be more mindful in day to day life, we recommend finding a more difficult puzzle that has 500 or 1000 pieces - particularly with an image that speaks to you or catches your eye. You can learn to manage frustrations that arise when sifting amongst the other 900 pieces in the box to find the piece you need, really concentrating, taking away other distractions.