Life is extremely stressful, but there are events that scientists believe stress us out in particular. Interestingly, some of them stress us more when we are a certain age, while others affect us just as much, no matter how old we are. Here are the top ten most stressful life events.
10 of the most stressful life events
New research by Benenden Health covered 2,000. Brits. The respondents were asked to indicate the events that caused the most stress in them. After analyzing the results, scientists compiled a list of the ten most stressful events in our lives.
- Death of a family member or friend
- Financial problems
- Problems at work
- Change in relationship
- Exams and learning
- Buying a home
- Reading / viewing news
- Birth of a child
- Starting a new job.
The loss of a loved one was identified as the most stressful event in each age group. Financial problems proved to be the most stressful for all age groups under 45, while exams and study topped the list for those under 25. The study found that exams and watching the news are more stressful than starting a new job or having a baby. Social media and dating are considered more stressful today than getting married.
Less than one in five respondents (16%) thought the lives of their parents’ generation were more stressful. Young people find that living today is much more stressful due to financial instability, problems in the labor market and climate change.
What is a “stressful” event?
There is consensus among researchers that serious circumstances, such as the death of a spouse, sexual assault, and diagnosis of imminent death, are examples of serious stressful life events, that is, events that can cause psychological and physiological stress responses in the average person. It is less clear what criteria are necessary for an event to be classified as stressful.
Adaptation. The first approach views the stress of an event as the amount of adaptation or change it requires of the average person. This assumes that stressful events are cumulative and each additional event adds to the overall burden of the change. It also follows that positive events (e.g. wedding, vacation) can also be stressful if they require significant adaptation.
Danger or harm. The second approach defines stressful events as those perceived as harmful or threatening to health or life.
Requirements exceed our resources. The third approach is derived from the literature on occupational stress. The basic premise is that a demanding situation causes psychological stress and tension.
Failure to achieve goals. The fourth approach defines stressful events as disrupting the achievement of major goals for maintaining physical integrity and mental well-being.
Healthy ways to deal with stress
Here are some healthy ways to deal with stress:
Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to the news and from social media.
Look after yourself. Eat healthy, exercise, sleep a lot and rest.
Take care of your body.
Take a deep breath, stretch, or meditate.
Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
Sleep a lot.
Avoid excessive alcohol consumption, smoking and drug use.
Make time to relax. Try to do activities that you enjoy.
Talk to people about your problems and how you are feeling, with people you trust.
Don’t be shy to ask for help. If you can’t cope with stress, talk to a psychologist.
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