One of the primary methods of coping with mental health and/or emotional distress is to distract your mind from the problem(s) at hand. Although we all have unique ways to distract ourselves (some people venture into the garden, others spend time with a certain 900 year old Time Lord) some methods of distraction are universal.
One of the most common distraction techniques are puzzles and quizzes. Whether it’s sitting down with a tough Sudoku or wiling away the hours with a jigsaw puzzle, spending time enjoying these activities is not only emotionally productive but can prove beneficial to both mood and memory.
This week, we’re going to have a little bit of fun (whilst honing this particular coping skill) with a variety of puzzles, quizzes and games.
#5: A ‘Mental Health’ themed Crossword Puzzle
“On December 21, 1913, Arthur Wynne, a journalist from Liverpool, England, published a “word-cross” puzzle in the New York World that embodied most of the features of the genre as we know it. This puzzle is frequently cited as the first crossword puzzle, and Wynne as the inventor. Later, the name of the puzzle was changed to ‘crossword’.”
In all honesty, I’ve never been the greatest crossworder, especially in regards to those really annoying ‘cryptic’ crosswords, but there are many people around the world who incorporate a crossword into their day-to-day activities.
However you feel about them, they are an excellent way to distract your mind from life’s ills as you battle to correctly fill in each of those blank white spaces. Or, if you’re anything like me, an excellent way to wile away the hours creating nonsense words that fit the spaces for all the answers you don’t know! :p
This is my first ever attempt at creating a crossword puzzle so I’ve based it around the theme of Mental Health.
Can you answer all the questions correctly?
Why not give it a go and find out! :)
Other Fun and Games in this series…
- #1: Mental Health at the Movies (a wordsearch)
- #2: Where in the world? (an inspirational quote anagram)
- #3. Jigsaw Puzzles – Woohoo! (a collection of online jigsaw puzzles)
- #4. How many words can you find? (a word challenge)