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Why do I get so emotional over nothing?

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Last Updated: 01/02/2021 at 3:27am
Why do I get so emotional over nothing?
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September 3rd, 2017 7:37am
An emotional phase doesn't always need to be caused by a specific person or action. Sometimes we just remember a tiny detail or there is a change in our mindset which makes us think about current situations differently. It's totally fine to be emotional but of course it can be hard if you can't control it and you don't want to appear weak in public. 'But you are not weak because your heart feels so heavy' -Andrea Gibson
September 29th, 2017 5:36am
Everyone is unique and have different traits which makes them awesome. If you are the person who gets emotional over nothing then you are the strongest person as expressing emotions are signs of a tough person in actuality,
October 4th, 2017 1:12am
The reason why I get "so" emotional over nothing is because I care and because I worry. The latter, is pointless and burdensome for all involved mainly because in the end, it doesn't actually accomplish anything. I get "so" emotional because I am invested root-deep. I want to feel validated for what I do, for who I am, and not feeling like others care about the same things I do, don't prioritize the way I feel benefits everyone, irritates me and breaks my heart. My episodes of becoming "emotionally hijacked," are much fewer and in between in my goings-on in my life. My trick was to self-analyze and gauge whether I was projecting. The way to trump projection was the engage with others. Getting " emotional over nothing," is a sorry way to say that one cannot relate, one cannot care and one will not open up to the possibility that that persons emotions are totally valid. Whether or not they are justified, warranted or otherwise, isn't up to you to decide. #rantover
October 19th, 2017 11:18am
Sometimes there are underlying issues of which we are not aware. those issues could manifest as a response to something completely unrelated
November 10th, 2017 6:12pm
Because you are a person that gets affected by everything more than others. This also happens when you're recently getting over a heart breaking experience that has made you vulnerable.
November 11th, 2017 2:58am
First, being emotional is perfectly normal. We usually get emotional because something is important to us, it could be that 'nothing' is our way of saying that this issue we are dealing with seems ridiculous to others, but we should try and remember that everyone reacts differently to the same thing sometimes. And if you react emotionally over something it doesn't mean there is anything wrong with you.
November 12th, 2017 6:58am
It can be due to stress, emotional breakdowns, something up your chest that is hurting bad and you haven't noticed yet, or some mental illness. Take a deep breath, a glass of water, get your coziest blanket then take some time to think with yourself about yourself — what's been happening in your life, what parts of it are bothering you, what can you do to solve it, and what do you need. Keep going on your questions, breaking them in pieces to reach a more deep level, until you find the root of it all. For example: 1- I feel bad. 2- Why do I feel bad? 3- Is there something behind the reason that I feel bad? 4- What caused it? 5- Is it something I can deal with or do something about? Then proceed to accept the fact that you, just like us all, are a human being and it is normal to get emotional sometimes. Accept that it is totally okay to seek help, and if you want to, the community here on 7 cups is more than willing to listen to you and help.
November 15th, 2017 6:39am
Sometimes we get emotion of nothing because of hormonal imbalances. Or external factors like its all become too much
November 15th, 2017 1:50pm
As humans, we are very emotional beings. We react to certain situations in different manners as coping mechanisms to accept what is going on. Don't worry, it is normal.
November 17th, 2017 3:11am
Some people are naturally more emotional. It can depend on a variety of factors, like personality and hormones. There's nothing wrong with being emotional, just make sure you're aware that your emotions aren't a symptom of an underlying issue.
November 18th, 2017 8:13pm
Some people are very emotional and sometimes can become upset at small things, this is normal. But, if you are experiencing this feeling of being upset all the time, you should talk with someone.
November 19th, 2017 12:38am
managing emotions. sometimes small things trigger our bodies emotionally, there's no real reason, but your body feels it has the need to feel this certain way.
November 24th, 2017 5:43pm
Because i keep thinking of how the end would look like, i might not reach it though, but this overwhelming idea about everything's dissipation is awfully disturbing. Things like (separation, breakups, leaving, death, ...) Resemble the greatest fear. We wanna keep what we have forever
November 25th, 2017 9:20pm
Different things are going on inside with the chemicals in our brains, and that may cause us to become extra emotional. Also, sometimes we don't realize that we are upset about the little things, until they build up and one small thing sets us off.
November 30th, 2017 3:35am
Well, what might seem like nothing at its surface, is actually probably something much bigger at its core. I believe it maybe a sign that you have some pain and hurt from other things or situation that may have occurred in your past that you have not dealt with as of yet. And because of the deep rooted hurt you may tend to get overly emotional at what seems to be the little things...
November 30th, 2017 4:56pm
When I think I'm getting emotional over nothing I look at whatever it is in reverse and ask myself, what is this thing that I'm getting so emotional about? It obviously means something to me, or I wouldn't be emotional about it. I have to remind myself that my feelings are clues, and I do well to not just dismiss them because somewhere along the line someone told me to "Stop getting so upset over nothing..."
December 22nd, 2017 1:57pm
When left to our own devices for too long we can often fall prey to our thoughts and insecurities. A prolonged period of reflection that can lead to anxiety, regret, anger, sadness, and so forth. It happens because we allow ourselves to succumb to those negative thoughts of ours, and without others to drown them out, we sometimes find ourselves wallowing in it. This is but one form of getting emotional "over nothing". Other times we may spontaneously burst with feelings of anger, hatred, or otherwise feelings of negativity if something we see or hear prods at our hearts (gets on our nerves). These are things which we may have felt are long gone and far behind us, but surprisingly a mere word can reignite the feelings attached to them and set us ablaze.
January 5th, 2018 12:37am
It's most likely not nothing! Many things can cause us to get emotional, like triggers that have the potential to bring us back to a painful time in our lives, or hormone imbalances (which we have no control over!). You're feelings are always valid whatever they are!
January 6th, 2018 6:13pm
I tend to get emotional over nothing when I bottle up my feelings, and overtime it just overflows. It helps to talk to someone. So please don't be afraid to talk it out. This site helps me a lot and I hope it can help you too.
January 21st, 2018 2:41pm
Your emotions are valid! It wouldn't be "nothing" if they are there. You emotions tell you in their own language what is going on inside you. Different people may have different emotional reaction to the exact same circumstance, because it's not just what's going on outside but also what's going on inside that constitutes your emotional reaction. I've been trying to pay more attention to my emotions, feel them, listen to them talk in their own voice. I'd say try to journal or talk to a listener about your emotions-- put a name to them and identify a cause (e.g. what are you vulnerable about?). This helps a lot! When you understand your emotions it's easier to manage them.
January 24th, 2018 10:11am
Getting emotional over small, seemingly insignificant things might be caused by another stressfactor. Maybe talking to someone like a therapist or counselor might help you identify what's been bothering you and prevent bottled up emotions.
January 26th, 2018 9:41pm
You might be feeling like everything is overwhelming and oppressive, although it really shouldn't be. Write down everything that makes you upset and try identify a pattern and layout your mind on paper.
February 1st, 2018 12:43pm
Because you've a got a soft hearted and you feel that you're in the place of the person who's actually feeling so.
February 21st, 2018 9:50pm
If you get emotional, it always means "something" instead of "nothing". Sometimes other people will think something is not important of relevant, but this doesn't mean it shouldn't matter to you!
February 22nd, 2018 9:12am
This happens to almost all of us it is when we get stressed about something that hurts us or our emotional state.
February 28th, 2018 11:57pm
You may be dealing with a lot of stress and hard emotions which is causing you to feel emotional very quickly. Many people get very emotional especially when they are stressed and frustrated, so take the time to notice certain emotions and behaviours you might be experiencing and see whether changing these thoughts and behaviours may help you emotionally.
March 8th, 2018 4:54pm
Firstly, I would like to say it's okay to be emotional. You're human. It may be because that you're very empathetic and/or has gone through a lot in life.
March 25th, 2018 7:23am
Surely it isn't because of anything. Perhaps you think of specific things that get you emotional and are not sure what exactly it is yet
March 28th, 2018 6:18pm
It is very noraml to get emotional for no reason. Sometimes it was be an unbalanced chemical in your body or its hormones. Not everyone gets this way but im sure if you go get help for it (only if is affecting you life) youll be okay.
April 1st, 2018 4:44pm
Some times, the "nothing" may be the last drop on a pile of long term events, negative feelings and intrusive thoughts. It always scares because it tells me I have reached my breaking point.