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The Most Stressful Life Events

Updated April 24, 2020 10.5k votes 940 voters 13.3k views40 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    427
    25

    The Death of a Child

  • 2
    456
    38

    Death of a Loved One

  • 3
    360
    22

    Death of a Spouse

  • 4
    377
    38

    Serious Illness

  • 5
    349
    70

    Losing Your Job

  • 6
    281
    46

    Child Custody Battle

  • 7
    322
    66

    Divorce

  • 8
    304
    80

    Death of a Pet

  • 9
    255
    58

    Serving Time in Jail

  • 10
    288
    79

    Getting Bullied in School

  • 11
    282
    80

    A Relationship Breakup

  • 12
    247
    64

    Car Accident

  • 13
    125
    9

    Being Broke

  • 14
    237
    75

    Having a Baby

  • 15
    221
    67

    Having a Heavy Workload

  • 16
    210
    64

    Facing Discrimination

  • 17
    204
    61

    Having Unclear Expectations of Your Work

  • 18
    216
    72

    Important Exams

  • 19
    175
    48

    Working Under Dangerous Conditions

  • 20
    233
    83

    Job Dissatisfaction

  • 21
    224
    89

    Moving to Another Home

  • 22
    160
    50
  • 23
    168
    65

    Changing Careers

  • 24
    200
    88

    Your Messy House

  • 25
    139
    47

    Your Children Disowning You