People think being mindful is all namaste, meditating and chanting, I hear to tell you that's not it.
Mindfulness is being present in the moment or as your grandma used to say, stopping and smelling the roses AND in today's super busy world, we are pulled in so many different directions, we actually find it hard to focus on one task at a time.
The practice of mindfulness is a form of cognitive behavioural therapy which most people pay their therapist $1,000s to treat them.
By being mindful you can reduce your anxiety, stress, anger, overeating and gives you a sense of compassion and relaxation throughout your insanely busy days.
To become mindful doesn't take 1 hour, you don't have to get up at 4 am, sit on a yoga mat and listen to bells ringing, though, you can as there is nothing wrong with that. The better ways to be mindful are simple, achievable activities
Turn off your phone
Create a vision board
The whole reason jigsawing works is you are focused on the task at hand, you are finding the pieces that fit, simple right? 10 - 15 mins of jigsawing exercises both sides of the brain simultaneously and moves the brain from a BETA state - wakeful mind - into an ALPHA State, which is the same state you experience when you are dreaming.
Essentially, doing a jigsaw can have a meditative and therapeutic effect on the brain. Studies have also shown that jigsawing improves brain function, decreases cognitive decline, increases visual perception and memory and releases dopamine in your brain.
Therefore puzzling is cheaper and better than drugs and a therapist. Need I say more?