Destressing During Coronavirus, The Positive impacts of puzzles

Posted at 11:47 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 23:47:36-04

LANSING, Mich. — Even as some states ease their stay-at-home orders many families are still choosing to stay put, isolated from friends and extended family.

It's forced people to find new ways to connect and caused a surge in the popularity of puzzles.

Chris Conte shows us why this age old pastime is helping many people manage the pressure of this pandemic.

More often than not it seems as though time has little meaning right now nothing is as it should be.

Yet in the midst of an epidemic David Leschinsky has never been busier.

There was no time for self-reflection or reflection about the business, it was simply standing in front of the fire house * /

Stepping into the basement of Eureka Puzzles in Brookline, Massachusetts is like stepping back in time.

We’re working as hard and as fast as we can.

As the owner of a puzzle store, this 65-year-old never imagined he'd need a delivery driver to keep up with orders.

But like a wing joint the day of the Superbowl, his merchandise is in hot.

Our web traffic has gone through the roof

When the country locked down Americans rediscovered their love of puzzles, essentially overnight.

David had to transform this 850 Square foot store front, into a make shift Amazon factory

Jig saw puzzles, before any of this, had a real appeal to people spending time together and while putting a puzzle together might be fun, having something to focus on during these times is good for your mental health

Now a lot of families are spending enforced time together and we need to find learn how to manage that.

A psychologist at Vanderbilt University and jig-saw enthusiast himself, Craig Smith sees puzzles as filling a crucial void right now.

255 It is that notion of control and understanding and knowing there's a solution. Because there are so many question marks in all our lives right now.

And it's not just puzzle stores. Some puzzle manufactures have a shortage of supply right now. It’s insane, I’ve been doing this for 20 years and never seen anything like it.

Jason Schneider works for Ceaco. They manufacture puzzle pieces. Sales are up 300 percent.

Coast-to-coast this age-old hobby, has found new life.

Families everywhere seem to be rediscovering the puzzle.

It’s humbling to know we have a product that people really want and people need at a time of crisis.

When our lives are falling apart in so many ways puzzles are offering certainty, and simplicity.

It’s a definitive, you know it will go together, you know the pieces will fit / life isn’t always cut and dry that way

Maybe 'piecing' ourselves back together after all this .. won't be as hard as we think.

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