culture The Most Stressful Life Events  

Dani Porter
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List Rules Vote up anything you have experienced and agree is highly stressful, vote down things that you didn't find to be that big of a deal.

List of the most stressful life events: ranked from most stressful to the least stressful. Things that cause stress in life usually come from your environment, relationships, work, health and social status. If things in these areas do not meet your expectations or are not going well, it can lead to anxiety. There are big, obvious causes of stress like death, divorce and losing your job, but small things--like a messy house--can make some people just as stressed out. If unchecked, stress and anxiety can affect your health and your behavior. Symptoms of stress include high blood pressure, obesity, sadness, changes in sex drive and social withdrawal. It's important to recognize when you are stressed out so that you can start to manage your stress. 

While you probably haven't experienced all of these common causes of stress, chances are that you have had to deal with stress at some point in your life. Vote for the stressful life events that you agree are really hard to handle and downvote anything that you think people make too big of a deal out of. Be sure to add to this list if anything was left off.  
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243 20
Death of a Loved One is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Death of a Loved One

2
157 10
The Death of a Child is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
icoachfb added The Death of a Child

3
148 13
Death of a Spouse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
DennisNJ added Death of a Spouse

4
203 27
Serious Illness is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Serious Illness

5
178 34
Losing Your Job is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Losing Your Job

6
120 22
Child Custody Battle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Bottoms Up added Child Custody Battle

7
159 42
Divorce is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Divorce

8
120 25
Serving Time in Jail is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Serving Time in Jail

9
135 40
Getting Bullied in School is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Getting Bullied in School

10
135 43
A Relationship Breakup is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
A Relationship Breakup

11
90 22
Death of a Pet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Death of a Pet

12
119 40
Car Accident is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Car Accident

13
116 41
Job Dissatisfaction is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Job Dissatisfaction

14
96 32
Important Exams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Important Exams

Things Your Mother Told You... That She Was Right About

15
105 42
Having a Baby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having a Baby

16
92 34
Having a Heavy Workload is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having a Heavy Workload

17
117 52
Moving to Another Home is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Moving to Another Home

18
90 35
Having Unclear Expectations of... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having Unclear Expectations of Your Work

19
93 38
Facing Discrimination is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Facing Discrimination

20
79 31
Changing Careers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Changing Careers

21
71 31
Working Under Dangerous Condit... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Working Under Dangerous Conditions

How to Get a Girl to Like You

22
81 39
Working Long Hours is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Working Long Hours

23
90 54
Your Messy House is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Your Messy House

24
76 43
Commuting in Heavy Traffic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Commuting in Heavy Traffic

25
71 47
Selling a House is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Selling a House

26
40 20
Death is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Diane Grey added Car Problems

27
33 15
Your Children Disowning You is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Jeanne Martin Sousa added Your Children Disowning You

28
59 58
Planning a Wedding is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Planning a Wedding

29
54 60
The Holidays is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Robert Wabash added The Holidays

30
7 13
Breaking Your Cock During Sex is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Breaking Your Cock During Sex

31
37 55
Getting in a Fistfight is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Getting in a Fistfight

32
18 32
Flat Tire is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Anthony Webb added Flat Tire

33
41 62
Deciding Which College to Go T... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Deciding Which College to Go To

34
38 65
Friends Who Always Cancel On Y... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Friends Who Always Cancel On You

35
27 74
Retirement is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Retirement

36
28 76
Having to Skip a Meal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having to Skip a Meal