The Most Stressful Life Events

Over 1.2K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Most Stressful Life Events
Voting 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
    502 votes

    The Death of a Child

  • Death of a Spouse
    426 votes

    Death of a Spouse

  • Death of a Loved One
    530 votes

    Death of a Loved One

  • Serious Illness
    456 votes

    Serious Illness

  • Child Custody Battle
    363 votes

    Child Custody Battle

  • Losing Your Job
    449 votes

    Losing Your Job