Brits love crosswords in lockdown

Brits looking to brush up their skills in the coronavirus pandemic have downloaded a whopping 125% more crosswords since lockdown began.

New research gives a fascinating insight into the online puzzles, hobbies and crafts people have turned their minds to while forced to stay at home.

Sitting in first place as the UK’s most downloaded category is crosswords and puzzles, up an impressive 125%.

Content for children takes a respectable second place, seeing more than 100% rise as parents look to entertain their children at home.

Brits can put their minds to the test with the Daily Mirror’s bumper puzzle pullout in every Tuesday’s paper during lockdown.

The YouGov survey was conducted in Britain, Italy, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands for magazine app Readly.

Findings reveal how Brits are seeking positive ways to stay entertained despite spending the lead up to Christmas in lockdown, offering a peek into the nation’s top interests.

While puzzle masters may take centre stage with people looking to sharpen their minds, others are turning to gardening, the arts, politics and home renovation when searching for online reading content.

Culture vultures have boost the demand for arts and culture by 58 per cent, beating science at 54 per cent and politics at 53 per cent.

While green fingered readers and gaming gurus have each boost the demand for such reading material by 60 per cent.

Almost 50 per cent more Brits are also searching for literature on homes and renovation to get through lockdown.

Results shows almost two thirds of people in the UK feel reading helps them to unwind. While just over half feel that it enables them to step into another world and escape their everyday stresses and anxieties.

Brits most preferred to work on their mental wellness by trying to sleep more, with more than three in five people focusing on snoozing, the survey found. Exercise was another popular choice, at 47 per cent.

Two in five people turned to reading or healthy eating to improve their mental wellness, while 15 per cent turned to meditation.