What are some of the most stressful life events?


Any change in our lives can be stressful, even some of the happiest ones like having a baby or taking a new job. Here are some of life’s most stressful events.

  • death of a spouse
  • divorce
  • marital separation
  • spending time in jail
  • death of a close family member
  • personal illness or injury
  • marriage
  • pregnancy
  • retirement

From the Holmes and Rahe Scale of Life Events (1967)