New puzzle range aims to support mental wellbeing

By Ben Carey on 6 May, 2021

A Wiltshire company specialising in wooden puzzles has launched a new product range in time for Mental Health Awareness week (10th – 16th May).

Wentworth Wooden Puzzles based in Malmesbury has designed and released a new range of ‘Mini Mindful’ jigsaw puzzles. The range aims to provide the mindfulness and wellbeing benefits of jigsaw puzzles in a small, achievable size which can easily slot into people’s days. 

The mental health benefits of completing jigsaws have been widely recognised during the past year of the pandemic and lockdowns. According to the Mental Health Foundation, mindfulness can be a useful tool to help manage mental wellbeing. It has been shown to help reduce levels of stress, depression and anxiety.

Mindfulness expert, Simon Alexander Ong, said, “In an increasingly noisy and connected world, the ability to be mindful and disconnect is an undervalued superpower. It grounds us in the present moment, allowing us to savour what life has to offer and engage more fully with it. A great way to achieve this, while sharpening our minds in the process, is through the activity of completing puzzles, such as jigsaws. Mindfulness breaks such as these provide us with the opportunity to recharge, reflect and refocus on what matters most.”

Sarah Watson, Managing Director at Wentworth Wooden Puzzles, added, “During lockdown, demand and sales for jigsaw puzzles with larger piece counts increased dramatically, as people searched for a pastime or activity that would keep them preoccupied for long periods of time.

“However, as people return to work, either coming off furlough or potentially having to commute to the office more, we realized that people might not have time to commit to a longer puzzling experience, but yet still crave the benefits and sense of achievement that a jigsaw can bring.”

10 per cent of Mini Mindful puzzle sales made between 7th and 14th of May will be donated to Mind.

For more information visit the Wentworth Puzzles website