Life & Stress
What do you think are the top 20 stressful things that happen in life are?
Research has shown the 20 Major Stressors in Life are:
- Death of a family member
- Terminal illness (one’s own or a family member)
- Physical incapacitation, chronic pain, or chronic illness
- Drug or alcohol abuse (self)
- Drug or alcohol abuse (family member, partner)
- Loss of job or job change
- Moving house
- Change of school (primarily for children or teens, but this can effect adults, too)
- Primary relationship problems (spouse or parent/child/sibling)
- Persistent Relationship Problems, non-primary (difficulties with other family members, conflict and loss of friends, difficulties with coworkers)
- Academic problems (poor grades, inability to retain information, problems with teachers, unable to meet deadlines)
- Occupational problems (lateness, absences, problems with boss or coworkers)
- Victim of abuse
- Victim of crime
- Criminal actions towards others
- Abusive actions towards self or others
- Extreme loneliness/lack of community membership or friendships
- Severe financial problems (including tax problems!)
Referenced from Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski
How many did you get right?
More importantly, how many have you experienced in the last year?
Losing your job is number 7. Unfortunately, for many people experiencing one stressor leads to another stressor and even another. Unemployment often leads to money problems which leads to stress in your marriage…..
Life is stressful no doubt. The key to a happier life is to learn to handle your stress better.
Have you ever stopped to think about how you experience stress?
Do you have any of these stress symptoms? Anxiety, fear, panic, insomnia, mental confusion, hysteria, depression that doesn’t seem to lift, and more can be triggered by major (and in some cases, minor) stressful events.
These symptoms can be experienced at many different levels. Many of them are normal when experienced mildly but some may be experiencing them at a great level. If your stress symptoms have gotten to the point where they are affecting your ability to live a mostly normal life it is time to seek medical attention.
If your symptoms are mild you might try some of these stress relievers: yoga, breath work, exercise, meditation, prayer, making time for family leisure activities, spend time in nature, music, or art.