Updated 19 February 2013

Common life stressors

What are the most common life stressors? We list them.


What are the most common life stressors? We list them:

  • Major life events such as loss of a loved one, retrenchment or divorce.
  • Trauma such as sexual abuse, earthquakes and military combat.
  • Socio-economic stressors such as malnutrition, poverty and bureaucracy.
  • Social stressors such as relationship issues, family changes, sexuality, loneliness and social phobia.
  • Occupational stress such as work overload, deadlines, lack of employment.
  • Nutritional factors such as poor eating habits, poor nutritional intake and dieting.
  • Substance abuse such as caffeine, alcohol, medications, smoking and drugs.
  • Financial stress.
  • Physical inactivity.
  • Chronic disease and pain.

(Health24, updated January 2009)


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