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Wellbeing voxpop: how do you maintain yours?

The people of Cardiff reveal their secrets to looking after their wellbeing

A recent report by the Huffington Post suggested certain activities can enhance our wellbeing.

Mindfulness, meditation, exercise, writing things down and mind games are all meant to provide significant benefits for our mental health.

The co-founder of Headspace the meditation app, Andy Puddicombe, told HuffPost: “Numerous studies have demonstrated that a regular meditation practice – or mindfulness practice as it is sometimes known – can help to reduce levels of anxiety.”

In response to this we wanted to find out how members of the public, in Cardiff, look after their wellbeing.

How do you look after your wellbeing?

Linda Rumble, 71, retired, Merthyr Tydfil

“I read, I do crosswords, I walk a little bit, I listen to music and I watch the TV because I enjoy doing them and it fills my time.”

Brian Reid, 65, company manager, Cornwall

“I don’t drink too much [alcohol] and I have plenty of water because it makes me feel better. Hopefully I will live a bit longer as well.”

Bethany Lucas, 17, student, Hampshire

“I exercise and spend time with my friends to take breaks from revision and make sure I don’t get too stressed because I am stressed with college work at the moment.”

Muhanned Kalash, 31, NGO manager, Libya

“In regards to physical wellbeing I maintain a healthy diet and do cardiovascular exercise as well as muscle movement. For my mental wellbeing I read and do brainteasers to stay fresh.”

Mary Strub, 54, student, USA

“I exercise and try to eat right to keep my blood pressure at a good level, to have more energy and to keep my weight down.”

Raja Sallabi, 30, Doctor, Libya

“I don’t do anything specific but I do agree that mind games and writing things down help.”

Bethan Jones, 30, graphic designer, Caerleon

“I’ve tried mindfulness but I find it difficult to switch off. I find that going for a jog clears my head, probably because of the endorphins. I do feel quite zen afterwards.”

Richard Ali, 26, PhD student, Manchester

“I manage my sleep and play sports. People say that you are the sum of the people you choose to stay around so I choose to stay around good people.”

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