Simple situations are an environment where anything can happen. It's usually a very open situation. As to where complex sotuations are usually in very controlled one outcome environments not allowing for your mind to come up with 1 a million different bad outcomes.
You probably have panic attacks during simple situations because you overthink the situation like for example "Susie has to take a pop quiz...Susie worries and worries even though she knows the subject very well and has studied non stop...When the pop quiz begins, She has a panic attack...because she overthought the whole scenery". My point is you probably overthink the situation big or small. It happens to the best of us!
When you start to get repeated panic attacks over simple situations, that is usually from having too much stress in your life. The body and mind require nutrition, rest, and rejuvenation. If you continue to let stress build up and not release it in a healthy way, then you will notice that there will be an increase of panic attacks you experience. When you are overtired, overwhelmed and not taking the time to take care of yourself then you will be in danger of an increase in panic attacks and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Many times people get caught in a vicious cycle. When you are overtired, you may start experiencing insomnia. When you have overcommitted yourself, it may be difficult to take the time you need for self-care. So it is critical to be aware of how you are handling yourself in different situations and understand what things need to change in your life to bring you back into balance. Of utmost importance is always to have time to release stress in a healthy way, such as exercising, eating nutritiously and ensuring you are getting proper quantity and quality of sleep that you need. When you take the time for self-care, you will see a dramatic decrease in the number of panic attacks you experience.
An overload of stress can cause anxiety and a panic attack even though a situation doesn't seem to warrant it. Remember to breath from your diaphragm and relax your body when you begin to feel an attack on and know that there is always someone available to talk to you!
Sometimes even the smallest things can feel overwhelming, but you must remember to concentrate on your breathing and talk yourself through it. Best thing I have learnt is saying to myself ok I'm fine, I'm here, I am breathing and this will pass.
Anxiety or Panic attacks can range from a sudden drop in serotonin levels in your brain, to being over-stimulated for some time and you just never recognized it, and now it came out during a simple situation. Think of bottling things up.
Maybe even that "simple" situation, could have been a slight, or a full-blown trigger.
I'd actually rather not say you're "overreacting". Some may, some may not. Anxiety causes many things to happen to many different people.
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