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
336 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
227 18
Death of a Spouse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
DennisNJ added Death of a Spouse
4
279 32
Serious Illness is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Serious Illness
5
251 52
Losing Your Job is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Losing Your Job
6
238 52
Divorce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Divorce
7
177 30
Child Custody Battle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Bottoms Up added Child Custody Battle
8
181 37
Serving Time in Jail is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Serving Time in Jail
9
187 57
Getting Bullied in School is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Getting Bullied in School
10
185 56
A Relationship Breakup is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
A Relationship Breakup
11
156 44
Death of a Pet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Death of a Pet
12
161 51
Car Accident is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Car Accident
13
161 58
Job Dissatisfaction is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Job Dissatisfaction
14
150 52
Having a Baby is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having a Baby
15
138 48
Important Exams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Important Exams
16
131 48
Having a Heavy Workload is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having a Heavy Workload
17
162 72
Moving to Another Home is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Moving to Another Home
18
121 48
Having Unclear Expectations of... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having Unclear Expectations of Your Work
19
124 52
Facing Discrimination is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Facing Discrimination
20
101 39
Working Under Dangerous Condit... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Working Under Dangerous Conditions
21
107 45
Changing Careers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Changing Careers
22
113 52
Working Long Hours is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Working Long Hours
23
126 69
Your Messy House is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Your Messy House
24
72 29
Death is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Diane Grey added
25
62 24
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