Nothing is more satisfying than pushing in the final piece of a jigsaw puzzle that you’ve been working on for the past four days. And because you’ve probably had some, uh, extra time on your hands lately, we bet you’ve gotten the process down to a few hours flat with your current collection. But it seems to be a worthwhile pastime, as some experts believe puzzles can help with anxiety relief. “In our hyperconnected world, if you’re physically doing a paper or cardboard puzzle, you are, by definition, disconnected and engaged in a task that’s immersive, away from the interruptions and stresses of day-to-day life. And that, of course, is good for your brain health,” says Susan Vandermorris, Ph.D., a clinical neuropsychologist based in Toronto. That’s all the justification anyone needs to spring for a new one. Here are the best jigsaw puzzles to keep you busy (and feeling less anxious).
The Best Jigsaw Puzzles to Keep You Busy (and Less Anxious)
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1. areaware Cereal Little Puzzle Thing
Do you feel like you barely have time to relax, much less tackle a 500-piece endeavor? Don’t worry. Areaware guarantees that this puzzle can be completed in 20 minutes or less. And the cute cereal picture is one you’ll actually want to show off (at least on Instagram) when you’re done.
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3. ravensburger Krypt Silver 654-piece Jigsaw Puzzle
OK, so this puzzle is definitely not for the impatient, but you will definitely feel proud of the finished product. Each piece is the exact same shade of silver, so you’ll have to rely on shape alone to figure out what goes where. “This is the ultimate challenge puzzle. It is something to brag about finishing,” writes one reviewer. He notes that the Ravensburger Krypt has a reputation for being the most difficult puzzle on the market. Impressive.
7. boobs Jiggy Puzzle
This one is a personal fave of ONE37pm style editor Madison Russell because, she notes, “Jiggy uses female artists’ work for all of its products.” This one, aptly titled “Boobs,” was illustrated by Brooklyn-based artist Julia Heffernan. It even comes with puzzle glue so that you can easily frame it when you’re done. New wall decor, coming right up.