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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304 27
Death of a Loved One is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Death of a Loved One

2
213 14
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
198 17
Death of a Spouse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
DennisNJ added Death of a Spouse

4
254 31
Serious Illness is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Serious Illness

5
225 47
Losing Your Job is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Losing Your Job

6
209 51
Divorce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Divorce

7
156 28
Child Custody Battle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Bottoms Up added Child Custody Battle

8
161 32
Serving Time in Jail is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Serving Time in Jail

9
168 52
Getting Bullied in School is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Getting Bullied in School

10
137 37
Death of a Pet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Death of a Pet

11
149 45
Car Accident is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Car Accident

12
166 55
A Relationship Breakup is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
A Relationship Breakup

13
146 53
Job Dissatisfaction is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Job Dissatisfaction

14
123 42
Important Exams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Important Exams

15
119 43
Having a Heavy Workload is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having a Heavy Workload

16
130 51
Having a Baby is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having a Baby

17
146 66
Moving to Another Home is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Moving to Another Home

18
113 46
Facing Discrimination is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Facing Discrimination

19
93 35
Working Under Dangerous Condit... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Working Under Dangerous Conditions

20
109 47
Having Unclear Expectations of... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having Unclear Expectations of Your Work

21
97 42
Changing Careers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Changing Careers

22
104 48
Working Long Hours is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Working Long Hours

23
65 24
Death is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Diane Grey added

24
114 64
Your Messy House is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Your Messy House

25
51 21
Your Children Disowning You is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Jeanne Martin Sousa added Your Children Disowning You

26
91 55
Commuting in Heavy Traffic is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Commuting in Heavy Traffic

27
86 54
Selling a House is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Selling a House

28
72 66
Planning a Wedding is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Planning a Wedding

29
71 73
The Holidays is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Robert Wabash added The Holidays

30
9 7
Back to School is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
katielaitala05 added

31
30 44
Flat Tire is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Anthony Webb added Flat Tire

32
46 71
Getting in a Fistfight is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Getting in a Fistfight

33
51 79
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
45 85
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
36 88
Retirement is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Retirement

36
32 103
Having to Skip a Meal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having to Skip a Meal