The over 50’s have lived (and stressed) through each life stage– school exams, first jobs, having a family and potentially even retirement. This, alongside their natural wisdom, makes them well-placed to tell us exactly what is worth stressing over and what just isn’t worth our brain space.

The price comparison website sat down to get advice from Golden Years, a Northamptonshire based social group run by volunteers, to find out what they regret stressing over in their younger years.

The social group was asked whether they feel less stressed than they used to, what they do to relax and what they wished they knew when they were younger. Here’s the golden advice from this social group.

Don’t do it alone

A clear piece of advice from these over 50’s was to go out, look for help and surround yourself with friends. “There’s always help out there – don’t do it alone…don’t keep it within yourself, go out and talk to people” warns Sue Jones, 67.

Pay your bills on time

Melvin Douglas, aged 76, says “I used to worry about everything, especially paying my bills and where the money is coming from. I don’t worry now because I’m on top of everything – I pay everything on time and I don’t worry”.

Don’t stress over the small stuff

Almost all of the over 50’s we interviewed admitted to feeling less stressed now than they used to. Mary Mchugh, 69-year-old self-proclaimed perfectionist, says “I think back now, and I think to myself nearly every day that I put myself through stress I shouldn’t have”.

The key? “Put the stress two paces back and bring what you want to do forward and do it” says 82-year old Elizabeth Ann James.

There is good in everything

It is all about perspective. “You can look at the day and think ‘what a horrible day”, but if you think about the good things in life it helps you through… and you need friends”.

Your advice to your younger self? 

“Don’t worry– I worried years ago and what’s the point? Because you get to this age and you think, what was all the worrying about?” Melvin Douglas, 76.

To see the full range of data and more pearls of wisdom from the Golden Years group, please visit the Long Road to Happiness.

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