How I keep my midlife brain sharp with puzzles

This post is sponsored by Jigsaw Puzzle and the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

My youngest daughter and I share a love of puzzles. She is way faster and sharper than I am, but it’s only normal. In midlife, I know that it’s beneficial for me to keep my brain active. Working on jigsaw puzzles improves short-term memory, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. It also helps reduce stress and improve our mood. For me, it’s also like a meditation. While I’m searching for pieces and trying to see whether they fit, I forget my worries and concerns.

How I keep my brain sharp with jigsaw puzzles

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The great thing is that I no longer have to deal with cleaning off the dinner table to spread out a huge puzzle. Now with Jigsaw Puzzle app available on the App Store, Google Play and Kindle Fire, I can play on the go. Sometimes I take advantage of sitting in the car waiting for my kids to be done with one of their after-school activities, to choose from one of over 10,000 beautiful HD puzzles on the app.

How I keep my brain sharp with jigsaw puzzles

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Other times, my daughter and I hang out and work on our puzzles together. It’s a great way for us to unravel after a hectic day at school and at work, respectively. Playing the game on the app does feel like the real jigsaw puzzle experience, and has beautiful puzzle packs like nature, animals, food, artwork, patterns, crafting, to name just a few.

Keeping my brain sharp with jigsaw puzzles

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A key aspect for midlife players is that we can make the experience more or less challenging with the adjustable time clock setting. My 14-year old daughter, on the other hand, loves that you can customize the music while playing and that she can customize her game-board by choosing from dozens of free backgrounds.

Keeping my brain sharp with jigsaw puzzles

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Jigsaw Puzzle truly presents the perfect opportunity to relax while challenging yourself with a brain teaser activity. Whether you’re waiting in line at the supermarket, in the doctor’s waiting room or in the car-line at school, the game offers daily puzzles to keep things interesting. I like that technology offers this opportunity to keep my brain engaged in these pockets of time throughout the day.

I invite you to download Jigsaw Puzzle and find out for yourself the mental benefits of doing a puzzle a day!

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Lorraine C. Ladish

Bilingual and bicultural Latina editor, writer, speaker, online influencer and mom. Founder of Viva Fifty! Published author of 18 books. Her forthcoming title Your Best Age will be released by HarperCollins in September of 2017.