Stressors

Listed below are some of the most common life stressors and their ranking. Some stressors may actually be of our own choosing and perceived as positive, but they all create stress. Effective stress management tools can help in identifying the causes of stress and dealing with the disruptions that come with stress of any kind.

  • Death of a loved one
  • Divorce
  • Job loss or change
  • Victim of abuse or crime
  • Retirement
  • Pregnancy
  • Addition to family
  • Jail
  • Family conflict
  • Trouble with boss / coworker
  • Starting or finishing school
  • Getting a mortgage or loan
  • Foreclosure
  • Holiday
  • Change in recreational habits
  • Starting a business
  • Change in residence
  • Change in schools
  • Change in church activities
  • Change in social activities
  • Illness or injury
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Marriage
  • Marital reconciliation
  • Son or daughter leaves home
  • Outstanding achievement
  • Change in sleeping habits
  • Trouble with in-laws
  • Vacation
  • Spouse begins or ends job

Stress Warning Signs and Symptoms

  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgment
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Anxious or racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability or short temper
  • Agitation; inability to relax
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Depression or general unhappiness
  • Nervous habits (nail biting, pacing)
  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Frequent colds
  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or
    too little
  • Isolating yourself
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
  • Using alcohol, tobacco, or drugs to relax