The 40 everyday horrors that are most stressful to us

While feeling a lack of control over your body was an uncommonly stressful event, less than ideal interactions with the rest of the world were common.

Our work days are filled with moments with stressful people, disappointing technology, and routine mishaps that can make or break our days. A recent survey of 2,000 Americans, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of cannabis telemedicine and delivery platform Nugg, found that our most common stresses are ones that we cannot necessarily control, suggesting that many of us are anxious perfectionists that get stressed when our days do not go exactly our way.

Most common stresses people face each day

  • Your laptop/computer freezing — 48%
  • Slow Wi-Fi — 45%
  • Screaming kids — 38%
  • Misplacing your wallet — 37%
  • Traffic — 35%
  • Being late for something — 35%
  • Misplacing your phone — 35%
  • Annoying coworkers — 33%
  • Being on hold with customer service — 33%
  • Rude server — 28%
  • Noisy neighbors — 28%
  • Waiting at the doctor’s office — 27%
  • Public transport delays — 27%
  • Slow drivers — 26%
  • When people let their children misbehave in public — 25%
  • People cancelling on you — 24%
  • Forgetting your password — 24%
  • Having to cancel on somebody — 22%
  • People talking in the movies — 21%
  • Have to use a public bathroom but can’t find one — 19%
  • Delivery getting your order wrong — 19%
  • Bumping into an ex — 19%
  • Just missing your train/bus — 17%
  • Somebody in the bathroom when you need to be — 17%
  • Checking your bank account — 17%
  • Being in a crowd — 17%
  • Paying rent — 16%
  • Slow walkers — 16%
  • Texting the wrong person something about them — 14%
  • Sunday night before the next week of work — 14%
  • Someone trying to get in the bathroom you’re in — 14%
  • Airports — 13%
  • Not remembering someone’s name you just met — 12%
  • Facebook — 11%
  • Bumping into an old acquaintance — 10%
  • Going grocery shopping — 9%
  • Knowing you’re too drunk — 7%
  • Trying to get an extra drink before happy hour ends but can’t find server — 5%
  • Holding open the door for somebody — 5%
  • Cyclists — 5%

Make sure you save your work. The top two stressors were technology-related. Freezing computers and a slow internet connection accounted for almost half of the most common daily stresses.  Most of what stresses us is not in our control to quickly fix. While feeling a lack of control over your body was an uncommonly stressful event, less than ideal interactions with the rest of the world were common. Participants said they were stressed by screaming kids (38%), slow drivers (26%), people cancelling on them (24%), people talking in movies (21%), and bumping into an ex (19%).

The good news is that you can change how you feel, so that stress does not turn a good day into a horrible one. You cannot control what happens in your day, but you can control how you react to it. You may get stuck on the worst commute filled with crying babies and delayed trains, but if you learn to observe your surroundings without judgment, these mishaps will not bother you as much. If you know you are going to be late or know you need to cancel on someone, you can make less stressful for both parties with direct communication.

Days are unpredictable, unwieldy events full of unwelcome surprises. Learning not to be thrown for a loop every time a moment is less than ideal is the work of life.

Monica Torres|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at