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Stressful Life Events (and How to Handle Them)

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Stressful Life Events (and How to Handle Them)


If you ask anyone about their life experiences, you will learn that there are a variety of different events that they have felt to be stressful in some way. These life events are not necessarily something you can avoid, and some of them can come up with no warning.  

While you may not always be able to prepare for them, that doesn’t mean that you can’t think up ways to get through them should they happen to you at some point.  

To help you out, we have put together the 4 most stressful life events and how you can handle them.  


Stressful Life Events

  1. Moving house 

One common stressful event that you can go through in your life is selling your house and moving into a new one. Of course, this is something that you may need to do at some point, but the good news is that there are lots of things out there that are designed to help you.  

You can find a moving company to help you to move you when the time comes, which will help with this side of the process, and there are also lots of tips to selling your home online which you can read through to help you to make sure that your home sells for the best price possible.  


  1. The death of a loved one  

We all like to think that those people who are most special to us will be around for some time to come; however, no matter how much we hope for it, this just isn’t the case and accidents or poor health will eventually claim them. At some point, we will need to say goodbye to our friends or family members, and losing a loved one is incredibly hard to get through.  

The important thing to remember when it comes to grief is that it is a process, and you just need to move through it. Allow yourself to feel whatever way you feel that day and keep on moving forward. You won’t ever forget them, but you will be able to live without them.  


  1. Losing your job 

Whether we love our jobs or not, the last thing that we will want is to lose it without another one to go to. However, sometimes this can happen and leave you feeling stressed out about how you will manage.  

Losing your job means that you need to find a new one, which can take time and means that you are going to worry about money and how you will get by. The only way to fix it is to try your best to find a new job without putting too much pressure on yourself and how you are doing. Take your time, don’t panic, and have some faith in yourself and things will be much easier. 

4. Childhood difficulties


It has been repeatedly shown that mental health issues are often rooted by childhood difficulties. Especially if you have tried to shut them away. If you have endured a particularly harrowing situation, talking to a professional is highly advised. Simply opening up can lift a weight of stress from your shoulders while also enabling you to focus on the next steps.


However, traumatic events aren’t the only childhood issues that could hold you back. A difficult upbringing can take many forms but you can use the life lessons to your advantage. For example, if you have experiences growing up with less, it has probably taught you a lot about resilience and inner strength. Turning the negatives into a positive will change your life for the better.



5. Divorce 

Even the best relationships can come to an end, and divorce is particularly stressful and challenging to try and go through. With a divorce, there is also likely to be sadness and possible anger too that you have to deal with.  

One of the best things you can do is make sure that you have the support of your friends around you. They will be able to keep your mind busy and keep you laughing, too, both of which can really help you process what you are going through.



For short, post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD is a mental health condition that can occur after someone has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. It can cause flashbacks, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts about the event. Many people with PTSD struggle to cope with everyday life. If you are struggling with PTSD, don’t worry – you are not alone.


A lot of veterans struggle with PTSD. It’s one of the most common mental health disorders that can develop after experiencing a traumatic event such as going to war.


If you’re a veteran struggling, PTSD treatment for veterans is available that can help. In addition, many veterans find success with therapy, medication, and support groups. 


No matter your situation, if you’re struggling with PTSD, know that you are not alone and there is help available. Don’t be afraid to seek out treatment options and talk to someone about your experience. You deserve to get the help you need to heal and live a happy life.

As you can see, plenty of things can crop up in life that you will need to try and get through. While you won’t ever know when they might happen, you can plan for them and make sure that you understand what you need to do when they do come up!

A few helpful posts:

How to Make Relocating Easier on Yourself
Practical Ways to Improve Your Mental Health and Become Your Best Self
Practical Ways to Improve Your Mental Health and Become Your Best Self

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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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38 thoughts on “Stressful Life Events (and How to Handle Them)”

  1. I think we need to have a serene or peaceful place to reflect and introspect. It needs so much time and effort to be happy again. We also need family and friends to support us amidst the stressful events.

  2. I am not sure if moving houses would be stressful for me. I have done this many times in my life, and truthfully, I always look forward to it!

  3. How e handle stress carries over into so may areas of our health. It is important to deal with it or minimize stress as much as possible.

  4. Yyyeeeaaahhhhh….the death of a loved one is just on another level! I lost my uncle back in November 2020 and I’m just mourning him now. It’s been a while but I am slowly getting there!

  5. These are all tough events to experience. Even things like a car breaking down or furnace breaking can be so stressful, because it does change your life and is so expensive. I have been through a lot of tough life events myself.

  6. our life has so much stress to handle! sometimes i can’t manage my time for anything! Thanks for sharing some tips with us.

  7. When I lose my job last 6 months ago I feel so depressed and frustrated thinking that I’ve already losing hope however after my dedication I found my best job and I enjoy my new company I believe that the mindset of never losing hope would give you a best shot.

  8. These are indeed stressful life events! The death of a loved one will always top my list. Grief is always hard. However, we can always work on our coping mechanisms so we don’t fall apart.

  9. Moving and losing jobs- I can relate to both. When I was a kid, we moved almost every year, and not because of military or any valid reason. It was because of my mom’s anxiety issues, mostly. Things are much more stable for me now.

  10. I can relate to how stressful moving is. What helped us when we were moving was we made a list of what needed to be done and packed on the weekends and hired movers the day of the move.

  11. It can be so difficult to learn to manage our stressors in life. It’s certainly not easy but once we know how to manage them and relax, things can become so much easier.

  12. Thank you for the tips. Moving houses is indeed stressful. I could remember when we moved out of our last rented condo unit late last year. I was so tired because of it.

  13. The death of the loved ones is one of the most stressful life events for me. It’s hard but yes, you need to go through the process of grief and allow yourself to feel it until you overcome it.

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.