Culture

The Most Stressful Life Events 

Dani Porter
Updated October 8, 2019 8.3k votes 769 voters 11.4k views 40 items

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.  
list ordered by
1
The Death of a Child is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
icoachfb added The Death of a Child
2
Death of a Loved One is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Death of a Loved One
3
Death of a Spouse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
DennisNJ added Death of a Spouse
4
Serious Illness is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Serious Illness
5
Losing Your Job is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Losing Your Job
6
Divorce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Divorce
7
Child Custody Battle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Bottoms Up added Child Custody Battle
8
Serving Time in Jail is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Serving Time in Jail
9
Death of a Pet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Death of a Pet
10
Getting Bullied in Schoo... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Getting Bullied in School
11
Car Accident is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Car Accident
12
A Relationship Breakup ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
A Relationship Breakup
13
Having a Heavy Workload ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having a Heavy Workload
14
Having a Baby is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having a Baby
15
Job Dissatisfaction is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Job Dissatisfaction
16
Important Exams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Important Exams
17
Facing Discrimination is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Facing Discrimination
18
Having Unclear Expectati... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having Unclear Expectations of Your Work
19
Working Under Dangerous ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Working Under Dangerous Conditions
20
Being Broke is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
MoonshadowRachel added Being Broke
21
Death is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Diane Grey added
22
Moving to Another Home ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Moving to Another Home
23
Changing Careers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Changing Careers
24
Working Long Hours is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Working Long Hours
25
Your Children Disowning ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Jeanne Martin Sousa added Your Children Disowning You