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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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
284 26
Death of a Loved One is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Death of a Loved One

3
185 15
Death of a Spouse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
DennisNJ added Death of a Spouse

4
239 28
Serious Illness is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Serious Illness

5
212 41
Losing Your Job is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Losing Your Job

6
193 47
Divorce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Divorce

7
151 28
Serving Time in Jail is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Serving Time in Jail

8
142 25
Child Custody Battle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Bottoms Up added Child Custody Battle

9
160 46
Getting Bullied in School is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Getting Bullied in School

10
155 50
A Relationship Breakup is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
A Relationship Breakup

11
139 44
Car Accident is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Car Accident

12
120 33
Death of a Pet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Death of a Pet

13
135 49
Job Dissatisfaction is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Job Dissatisfaction

14
114 38
Important Exams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Important Exams

15
123 46
Having a Baby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having a Baby

16
110 38
Having a Heavy Workload is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having a Heavy Workload

17
138 60
Moving to Another Home is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Moving to Another Home

18
107 42
Facing Discrimination is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Facing Discrimination

19
101 43
Having Unclear Expectations of... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having Unclear Expectations of Your Work

20
90 38
Changing Careers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Changing Careers

21
84 34
Working Under Dangerous Condit... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Working Under Dangerous Conditions

22
94 45
Working Long Hours is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Working Long Hours

23
109 59
Your Messy House is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Your Messy House

24
59 21
Death is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Diane Grey added

25
86 52
Commuting in Heavy Traffic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Commuting in Heavy Traffic

26
82 50
Selling a House is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Selling a House

27
44 19
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
68 62
Planning a Wedding is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Planning a Wedding

29
5 2
Back to School is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
katielaitala05 added

30
67 69
The Holidays is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Robert Wabash added The Holidays

31
30 39
Flat Tire is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Anthony Webb added Flat Tire

32
17 24
Breaking Your Cock During Sex is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Breaking Your Cock During Sex

33
49 72
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
43 66
Getting in a Fistfight is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Getting in a Fistfight

35
43 78
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

36
32 84
Retirement is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Retirement

37
31 94
Having to Skip a Meal is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having to Skip a Meal