Stress was once a good thing; it’d give us that extra kick we needed to, say, stay alive as we were hunting our next meal. Now, we’ve removed ourselves from those potentially deadly situations (well, mostly), but the stress sensors are still there. And alas, they can seriously compromise our happiness and our health. Rather than money or anything else, our chief ambition should be to live a stress-free, contented life. Below, we take a look at some of life’s most stressful moments, and how you can handle them.



Into Retirement


You’d think, judging by how people seem to dislike going to work all the time, that retirement would be an enjoyable period in one’s life. Yet while there definitely can be cherished moments, most retirees experience a stressful period first. This is because of two reasons. The first is that their income has been significantly reduced, and they haven’t put enough money away to fully enjoy themselves, which means they have to compromise their lifestyle. The other issue is that they’ve suddenly found themselves with no function, and nothing to do. The best remedy: save more money than you think you’ll need, and find some way to occupy your time.


Issues of the Heart


Ah, love. It’s the most maddening aspect of life, according to the late Philip Roth, and he might be right. When everything is good, it can feel like you’re walking on cloud nine. When things are bad, life can be nothing but stress. There is an element of risk involved. If you’re committing to another person, then there’s a chance you’ll one day need a divorce and child custody attorney. Of course, the best way to avoid these issues is to pick a partner that’s right for you on all fronts, and also to try to stay on civil even though the union may be coming to an end.


Living with Debt


Debt is a stress-inducer that doesn’t let up. If you’re collapsing under the weight of debt, then work with a professional, or consider filing for bankruptcy.


Trouble with the Law


Everyone makes mistakes. For most people, these mistakes are so small that they barely register. For others, it means jail-time. Being in prison is rightly regarded as one of the most stressful experiences of a person’s life. If you’re charged with a crime, make sure you’re working with a top-notch lawyer that you can trust. If you do end up serving time in prison, then learn the best coping techniques.


Moving Homes


Buying a house is supposed to be an achievement, so what is it so stressful? Some experts put it right up there with the loss of a partner or a job! If you’re determined to become a property owner, then make sure you get it right. Plan your move well in advance, bring in plenty of help, and give yourself plenty of time to make the move. Of all the stressful situations we’ve mentioned, this is one that’s most in your hands!