One of the biggest fears we have as we age is a decline in mental functioning. We notice that we start to forget things more easily, our comebacks aren’t as snappy, and we generally feel our thinking is more sluggish. If you want to know how to improve mental health and slow down our mental decline, you have to try this puzzle!

Look at the puzzle below first and see if you can find your name.

puzzle to improve mental health

Were you able to find it? It’s actually in there 3 times. Did you catch all 3?

If you didn’t find it, don’t worry– your name isn’t actually in there… “yourname” is!


Look again, but this time look directly for the word “yourname”. It’s found 3 times in different positions.

Check your answers against this solution:


Crossword puzzle are really good for your mental health.

They’re a fun way to beat boredom once in a while, too. They can help us unwind and relax at the end of a stressful day. If you incorporate this puzzle activity into your routine, you’ll start to have a better overall mental health. Just turn off the technology, kick back, and relax for 10-15 minutes with a good puzzle (or more, if you’re feeling it!)

Additionally, if you didn’t have enough with the last puzzle, here’s another one you can try to sharpen your mental health:

There are 6 words hidden in this image. See if you can find them all!


Were you able to find all 6 words?

If not, here are the answers (don’t ruin it for yourself if you didn’t find them!):

  • “Novel” on the father’s arm chair
  • “Book” on the father’s glasses
  • “Story” on the mother’s book
  • “Read” on the dog’s ears and the girl’s head
  • “Words” on the bottom of the tree’s leaves
  • “Page” on the boy’s shorts and shirt