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The 5 Ways to Well-being

What is Well-being?

There is no single definition of 'well-being'. However, it includes the presence of positive emotions and moods and the absence of (or manageable) negative emotions, with the ability of positive functioning and general satisfaction with life.

Age UK Mid Mersey's well-being model has been based on Public Health England's '5 ways to wellbeing'.



It's important to connect with others, whether it be a friend, family member, partner, colleague etc. Some ways you can do this are:

  • Arranging to meet or calling a friend
  • Visiting a neighbour or invite them to visit you
  • Make conversation with someone in a public place like a park or a shop
  • Join one of Age UK Mid Mersey's social groups, visit our Activities page for more info

Be Active

Exercise is beneficial to our physical and mental health, it's important to be active if you are able to. Some ways you can do this are:

  • Join a sports or walking club
  • Join the gym or go swimming
  • Go for a walk in the park or even just round the block
  • Do an at home workout/yoga/meditation

Take Notice

Taking notice of your surroundings and taking a moment to savour the present can help improve your wellbeing. Some ways you can do this are:

  • Spend less time looking at a screen, maybe spend meal times savouring your meal and looking out the window
  • Take time to make your home how you like it by having a tidy, changing decor, making it smell nice etc
  • Visit a new place


Continued learning through life helps keep your mind active and boost your self esteem. Some ways you can do this are:

  • Join a class. Various councils in the mid-mersey area often offer a number of classes. Visit our Activities page for more information. 
  • Read a book or research a topic you're interested in 
  • Do a crossword or puzzle 


Helping others is a good way to boost your self esteem whilst taking part in something you enjoy. Some ways you can do this are:

  • Volunteer with us! More information on our Volunteering page
  • Volunteer in your local community in another way
  • Help a friend in need where you can
  • Take part in a charity fundraiser such as a fun run