Britain has gone crazy for jigsaw puzzles during lockdown

Gripped by jigsaw puzzle mania? You're not alone.
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There’s a quiet movement going on during lockdown, and it doesn’t involve apps or the latest fad.

It’s jigsaw puzzles…

Sales of jigsaw puzzles in Britain jumped by 48% in 2020, as COVID-19 restrictions led adults across the nation to turn to different forms of entertainment to get through yet another lockdown.

Sales totalled £100m for the full year (2020), with the best selling format being 1,000 piece puzzles, which only cost on average £12 each.

Puzzles depicting countryside landscapes, cosy sheds and animals were in high demand as buyers searched for comforting imagery.

Why jigsaw puzzles during lockdown?

After a day of Zoom calls or a long day in full PPE, puzzles offer a break from the screen, escapism and entertainment. Helping you to keep ticking over during lockdown.

Jigsaw puzzles are a fantastic stress reliever.

Focusing on a single image for an extended period of time can help discourage distracting thoughts from entering your mind, similar to the effects of meditation. The stress of everyday life (especially during a pandemic) can be temporarily paused and replaced by a beautiful sense of tranquillity. Lowering blood pressure, heart rate and stress levels.

Image of a jigsaw puzzle being put together by an adult
Photo by Ross Sneddon

If you want to get into jigsaws you may have to wait to get your hands on the one you want. With non-essential shops closed, popular countryside jigsaw puzzles have sold out online. But if you don’t want to wait, try contacting friends and relatives to see if they have any unwanted puzzles stored away.

Happy puzzling!

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