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Mom Rage: Why Do I Feel So Angry All the Time? 

Becoming a mom is a complicated journey. Many moms describe a new feeling of anger and intense frustration that can arise in response to the demands of parenting. While it is normal to be angry sometimes, it can feel distressing if your anger has power over you. Moms report feeling upset that they are yelling more, fighting with their partners, and feeling resentful of their children and partners.

Why Am I So Angry?

There are many reasons that anger may occur specifically for mothers.

  1. Overwhelm: Having children is a lot of work! Moms have many responsibilities beyond taking care of the baby and these demands such as work, household chores, family commitments and caregiving duties can quickly pile up and spark anger.
  2. Lack of support: Feeling alone in parenthood and unsupported can lead to increased anger.
  3. Sleep deprivation: Lack of sleep exacerbates feelings of stress and anger. 
  4. Hormonal changes: Mood can be impacted by the hormonal changes postpartum. This can occur immediately after giving birth, but also can occur when weaning from breastfeeding, or in the months following the birth of your baby. 

How Can I Manage My Mom Rage?

  1. Seek support: talk to someone you trust about how angry you are feeling. It is important to not be alone in these angry feelings. A trusted friend or a therapist is a good place to start. 
  2. Take a break: When you feel overwhelmed, try to remove yourself from the situation. Go step outside if you can, go for a drive or leave the room. If you are alone with the baby, make sure the baby is in a safe place and step away for a moment.  Take a few deep breaths and try to ground yourself. 
  3. Self care: activities that bring you joy are important. Notice if you like spending time with friends, reading, exercising, or doing something creative. A few moments each day of these activities can be helpful

Mom rage does not have to define your motherhood journey. We are here to help. We offer in person and virtual therapy to meet your needs and get through this time alongside you.

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Mom Rage: Why Do I Feel So Angry All the Time? 

By: Madeline Wilson, RSW
August 24, 2023

Becoming a mom is a complicated journey. Many moms describe a new feeling of anger and intense frustration that can arise in response to the demands of parenting. While it is normal to be angry sometimes, it can feel distressing if your anger has power over you. Moms report feeling upset that they are yelling more, fighting with their partners, and feeling resentful of their children and partners.

Why Am I So Angry?

There are many reasons that anger may occur specifically for mothers.

  1. Overwhelm: Having children is a lot of work! Moms have many responsibilities beyond taking care of the baby and these demands such as work, household chores, family commitments and caregiving duties can quickly pile up and spark anger.
  2. Lack of support: Feeling alone in parenthood and unsupported can lead to increased anger.
  3. Sleep deprivation: Lack of sleep exacerbates feelings of stress and anger. 
  4. Hormonal changes: Mood can be impacted by the hormonal changes postpartum. This can occur immediately after giving birth, but also can occur when weaning from breastfeeding, or in the months following the birth of your baby. 

How Can I Manage My Mom Rage?

  1. Seek support: talk to someone you trust about how angry you are feeling. It is important to not be alone in these angry feelings. A trusted friend or a therapist is a good place to start. 
  2. Take a break: When you feel overwhelmed, try to remove yourself from the situation. Go step outside if you can, go for a drive or leave the room. If you are alone with the baby, make sure the baby is in a safe place and step away for a moment.  Take a few deep breaths and try to ground yourself. 
  3. Self care: activities that bring you joy are important. Notice if you like spending time with friends, reading, exercising, or doing something creative. A few moments each day of these activities can be helpful

Mom rage does not have to define your motherhood journey. We are here to help. We offer in person and virtual therapy to meet your needs and get through this time alongside you.

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