Stressors List

Stressors

No matter who you are or what your circumstances, there are lots of potential stressors that you can experience as you go about your life. Many of which you could experience in a single day. Take a look at our Stressors List, to see which ones are true for you.

Death of a partner

100

Child leaves home

29

Divorce

73

In-law problems

29

Separation from partner

65

Personal achievement realised

28

Jail sentence or being institutionalised

63

Partner starts or stops work

26

Death of a close member of family

63

Starting a new school

26

Illness or injury

53

Leaving school

26

Marriage

50

Changes in living conditions

25

Loss of job

47

Changes in personal habits

24

Reconciliation with marriage partner

45

Trouble with employer

23

Retirement

45

Change in working hours

20

Health problem of close family member

44

Change in residence

20

Pregnancy

40

Change in recreation

19

Sex problems

40

Change in church / spiritual activities

19

Addition in family

39

Change in social activities

18

Major changes in work

39

Small mortgage taken out

17

Changes of financial status

39

Change in sleeping habits

16

Death of a friend

37

Changers in number of family get-togethers

15

Changes in line of work

36

Major change in eating pattern

15

Changes in number of disagreements with partner

35

 

13

Large mortgage taken out

31

Christmas

12

Mortgage or loan foreclosed

30

Minor violation in law

11

Responsibility change

29

 

As you can see, many of these are extremely common, and many children and young people will experience lots of these, but it is how we cope and manage them that is most important. For example, some people will worry so much about school or exams that they will begin to feel unwell and be unable to sleep at night, whilst others will not.

Some of this is because of individual differences, i.e. what’s important to you and your family. For example, you may not normally worry about exams, but because you’ve been off school unwell, you have missed work in school, you feel less confident (or in control) which then makes you feel a bit wobbly!

Have a look at our checklist and see which ways you deal with stressful situations!