In this day and age of the Internet and social media, seldom do we see the younger generation holding a paperback book, a magazine, or a newspaper to while away the time. Instead, we often find ourselves glued to our phones, mindlessly browsing and switching between social media accounts. Spending your free time doing crossword puzzles and other mind games will be more beneficial.
Improves your vocabulary
If you are not too good with words, then doing crossword puzzles will significantly help you. If you are a beginner and have a hard time solving the puzzle, you can cheat a little. Take a peek at the NYTimes Daily Answers, and as your puzzle-solving ability improves, challenge yourself not to look at the solutions anymore until you complete the puzzle. You can impress family and friends with your newly learned words as you use them in your everyday conversations.
We are always bombarded with everyday stressors – be it at work, school, or at home. Set aside a few minutes each day to solve crossword puzzles because the activity can help you release stress from your body. Focus on the task at hand and forget whatever is stressing you out. After you finish a puzzle, you will see that your mind will be more focused on looking for solutions to your problems.
Improves your social circle
We are used to solving crossword puzzles by ourselves during our downtime. But have you ever considered joining a group with the same hobby and interest? It’s very much like a bingo club where you gather and enjoy playing the game. Not only do you widen your social circle, but collective thinking will also improve your brain function. Solving puzzles together makes you more creative and quick-thinking.
Improves your mental health
Mental health is seldom given the attention it needs, just like how our physical health needs attention. However, when you have friends that enjoy the same activities that also relieve your stress, you will notice that your mental health will significantly improve. For example, if you suffer from anxiety or depression, doing crossword puzzles regularly can help you channel your thoughts into the puzzle itself. Imagine doing it a few times a day, every day of the week.
Helps prevent brain diseases
Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are two such brain diseases that attack the brain, particularly memory. As a result, people who suffer from them suffer from memory loss. Doing crossword puzzles and other mind games before the onset of the symptoms of the said diseases will give you a fighting chance of not developing these diseases.
You can switch up your crossword puzzles – from paper to mobile. There are crossword puzzle apps that you can download on your phone and enjoy on the go should you forget to bring your stash of paper crossword puzzles and pen. Whichever you opt to use, the benefits you will get from them are the same.