Jigsaw Puzzles: A Relaxing Hobby Review

Image of jigsaw pieces
Everyone tells you how relaxing jigsaw puzzles are. But are they really?

I spent a week puzzling, trying to find out.

Jigsaw Puzzles: A Relaxing Hobby Idea?

I visited my local charity shop to purchase a puzzle. There were quite a few to choose from and I picked a scenic, 1000 piece, jigsaw puzzle.

It only cost 50p. 

Later that night I cleared some space and sat down with my puzzle.

I put some music on, and prepared to be relaxed.
The first thing you need to know about jigsaw puzzles is, you need a strategy.

You can't just try to find two pieces that match and force them together. It would take for-ever.

Here's the secret:
Step 1. Find and separate the border pieces from the pack
Step 2. Group distinct colour pieces into little mole hills
Step 3. Piece the puzzle together area by area
Step 4. Where the pieces all look the same, concentrate on the negative spaces

Now you're as smart as me.

A Calming Hobby Or Not?

This is a story of two tales. 

The first time I sat down to do the puzzle I did find it calming. 

I put on some music and sang along as I searched for pieces.

On that occasion it was easy to drift away into my own little chilled-out zone.

Time became irrelevant, my stress levels reduced and I felt disconnected from my normal daily activities.
The next set of puzzling days weren't as zen.

Instead of calm, I felt a pressure to get it done.

And not for this post.

It just felt like I had better things to do.

The puzzle had become a frustrating task that needed to be done as soon as possible.

Which of course, made it harder to find the next piece.

My chilled-out zen zone had become a twitch inducing hassle.

Completing A Jigsaw Puzzle

It took me 5 days to complete my 1000 piece puzzle.

I would have returned it, but have other plans.

I'm going to use the pieces to make some crafty DIY decorations.

I won't be doing another jigsaw puzzle anytime soon. It turned into a complete irritation.

Maybe you need a certain type of personality for this hobby.
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