I do enjoy a good coffee, I just don’t have them very often. Usually in a day I would have 3 cups of tea- sometimes green tea but usually ginger or chamomile which are both naturally caffeine free. Today after my morning stats exam we went on a little cafe tour to revise for Monday’s exam. Over the space of 5 hrs I’d had two green teas and a latte (almond milk of course). Then in the last cafe I started getting panicy and nervous and shaking and had to ring my dad because I was so scared. I’d previously had a few panic attacks a few months ago from stress and anxiety about university and I thought I felt another one coming. Luckily my wonderful father calmed me down and made me realise it was just obviously all the caffeine I’d had today. I’m not really used to caffeine so essentially I consumed too much caffeine today and then confused the feelings from caffeine with anxiety.
I even learnt about this as part of my course- people become hypersensitive to the anxiety symptoms and confuse similar feelings like the rush from caffeine to be the start of a panic attack. How can I stop associating these feelings with anxiety? Will I ever be able to enjoy coffees again without feeling like that? I know it’s all in my head but it’s hard to think about that at the time!