Spoiler alert: You don’t feel angry for “no reason.” The tricky thing about anger is that we can’t always identify the underlying causes. Ironically, this may then become another “reason” to feel upset.
“What’s wrong with me?” you may wonder. “Why do I randomly fly off the handle?” The next thing you know, you’re experiencing a different form of rage.
A giant first step toward managing your outbursts is to accept that there’s almost always nothing random about it. Each of us experiences an incredibly broad range of factors and input. All of that data—individually or in combination—has the potential to provoke a strong response.
5 Reasons Why You Might Feel Angry for “No Reason”
1. Anxiety and/or High Amounts of Stress
Stress is an unavoidable part of life. If it gets too high, stress can increase the number and intensity of your irritable outbursts. Think about how it feels to have a lot to do, but not enough time to do it. You feel nervous, vulnerable, and pissed off. You may also feel anxious.
Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in the world. Your anger could be a symptom. Thus, rather than “no reason,” you’ve now undercover a very logical culprit.
2. Unrecognized Depression
Anger may be an outward expression of what you’re feeling inside. It’s far easier to act out than to open up about feelings like:
All of these emotions can be normal in certain contexts. If they become chronic and manifest in episodes of rage, something much bigger may be happening. Depression can lay a foundation for “sudden” anger. It requires professional guidance to unpack such connections.
3. Unresolved Trauma
Speaking of connections to unpack, a large chunk of today’s adults have endured at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. If the trauma has not been treated, processed, and resolved, it will bubble up at unexpected times. You may feel at risk, unsafe, or extremely vulnerable.
Trauma literally changes how your brain functions in a time of real or perceived danger. This is enough to make anyone feel frustrated and irate. The ensuing outbursts may appear like disproportionate oversensitivity but, in reality, you and your brain are still responding to the genuine threat you have lived through.
4. The Substances You Consume
By “substances,” I’m talking about anything from prescription medications to recreational drugs. It could be wine. It could be coffee. These substances impact your brain in ways you may not automatically identify as connected. In any kind of altered state, anger becomes more likely.
5. Not Enough Self-Care
A strong version of yourself is best equipped to manage the ups and downs of daily life. For example, if you maintain a steady schedule of sufficient sleep, you are far more resistant to anger. Your lack of a day-to-day self-care regimen can leave you quite susceptible to mood swings. Some elements to consider:
- Regular sleep patterns
- Daily exercise and physical activity
- Healthy eating choices
- Taking breaks from social media and your devices
- Face-to-face social interactions
- Relaxation techniques and stress management
You may have come to the realization that anger—with or “without” reasons—is a problem in your life. Just as likely, perhaps some people close to you have talked with you about your behavior. Now what? As you can see, the causes are not always clear. The fallout, however, could be wreaking havoc.
Translation: It’s time to talk with an experienced therapist.