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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Death of a Loved One is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Death of a Loved One

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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

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

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230 27
Serious Illness is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Serious Illness

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203 39
Losing Your Job is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Losing Your Job

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185 45
Divorce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Divorce

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137 24
Child Custody Battle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Bottoms Up added Child Custody Battle

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142 28
Serving Time in Jail is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Serving Time in Jail

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154 43
Getting Bullied in School is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Getting Bullied in School

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151 47
A Relationship Breakup is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
A Relationship Breakup

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114 31
Death of a Pet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Death of a Pet

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135 44
Car Accident is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Car Accident

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113 35
Important Exams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Important Exams

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129 47
Job Dissatisfaction is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Job Dissatisfaction

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106 36
Having a Heavy Workload is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having a Heavy Workload

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119 45
Having a Baby is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having a Baby

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106 39
Facing Discrimination is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Facing Discrimination

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132 58
Moving to Another Home is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Moving to Another Home

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100 40
Having Unclear Expectations of... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having Unclear Expectations of Your Work

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88 36
Changing Careers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Changing Careers

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83 33
Working Under Dangerous Condit... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Working Under Dangerous Conditions

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93 41
Working Long Hours is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Working Long Hours

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105 58
Your Messy House is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Your Messy House

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54 21
Death is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Diane Grey added Car Problems

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Commuting in Heavy Traffic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Commuting in Heavy Traffic

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Selling a House is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Selling a House

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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

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

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

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Back to School is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
katielaitala05 added Back to School

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Breaking Your Cock During Sex is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Breaking Your Cock During Sex

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

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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

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41 65
Getting in a Fistfight is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Getting in a Fistfight

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43 75
Friends Who Always Cancel On Y... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Friends Who Always Cancel On You

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31 83
Retirement is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Retirement

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31 90
Having to Skip a Meal is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having to Skip a Meal