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
323 29
Death of a Loved One is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Death of a Loved One

3
215 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
268 32
Serious Illness is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Serious Illness

5
240 50
Losing Your Job is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Losing Your Job

6
223 52
Divorce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Divorce

7
169 29
Child Custody Battle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Bottoms Up added Child Custody Battle

8
172 36
Serving Time in Jail is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Serving Time in Jail

9
178 55
Getting Bullied in School is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Getting Bullied in School

10
177 56
A Relationship Breakup is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
A Relationship Breakup

11
149 41
Death of a Pet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Death of a Pet

12
155 49
Car Accident is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Car Accident

13
155 55
Job Dissatisfaction is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Job Dissatisfaction

14
132 45
Important Exams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Important Exams

15
140 52
Having a Baby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having a Baby

16
127 46
Having a Heavy Workload is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having a Heavy Workload

17
153 71
Moving to Another Home is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Moving to Another Home

18
116 47
Having Unclear Expectations of... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having Unclear Expectations of Your Work

19
117 49
Facing Discrimination is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Facing Discrimination

20
97 37
Working Under Dangerous Condit... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Working Under Dangerous Conditions

21
100 44
Changing Careers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Changing Careers

22
107 51
Working Long Hours is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Working Long Hours

23
120 68
Your Messy House is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Your Messy House

24
67 28
Death is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Diane Grey added

25
57 22
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