Take Back What’s Yours

Take Back What's Yours

I was tagged by Galit on Coffee n’ Notes to take part in the #TakeBackWhatsYours campaign. The campaign was originally started by Chloe from Chloe’s Concept as a way to use our position as bloggers to inspire other people to make a positive change for good!

…many make New Year resolutions, so why not influence people to make their resolution to take back what once belonged to them… maybe their confidence, maybe their control or even their happiness due to whatever situation has made them lack that ability.

This is a lifelong commitment, if you want to change the way you feel about yourself, or you want to act upon the message of this campaign and ‘Take Back What’s Yours‘, when better to do that than the start of a new year… This is not one of those “New Year, New Me” unrealistic resolutions. When I say “New Year, New You”, I genuinely mean it.

If you would like to get involved, all you have to do is:

  • Write a blog post talking about this campaign, the message it contains and why are you taking part.
  • What “Take Back What’s Yours” New Year’s Resolution you are going to set yourself.
  • Tag 10 bloggers to take part.
  • Let Chloe know if you’re taking part by using the hashtag on Twitter #TakeBackWhatsYours, Also tag either @ChloesConcept or @TBWYCampaign so she can retweet!!
  • If you can include a photo of yourself with a handmade poster (doesn’t have to be artistic!) with the words:


I Am Taking Back My Confidence

I worry about stuff. I don’t call it anxiety (even though it is) because I’ve never gone to a doctor and got it properly diagnosed (because doctors scare me). For as long as I can remember I have worried about stuff. From the ridiculous – thinking there was a dinosaur outside my window. To the also ridiculous – getting on a bus.

I know most of the stuff I worry about is silly. I know I don’t need to worry about these things. But I do anyway. For as long as I can remember I have been scared of talking to people, walking into a shop, getting on a train, eating by myself. It took many many years but I finally got to the point where I wasn’t afraid to do these things.

Then in November 2013 I found out I needed surgery. And I didn’t cope with that very well. I think everyone knew I wasn’t coping well. My mum wouldn’t let me stay in the house by myself. My doctor would phone with the results of blood tests just so I wouldn’t worry about them. I thought I was coping with everything that was going on. I really wasn’t. All that progress I had made over the previous six years was gone.

Being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome didn’t help. The things I worried about changed because of the CFS. For a long time I couldn’t walk far. I couldn’t work so I had no money so there was no reason for me to leave home. And when I did leave home I was afraid of going anywhere by myself incase I became unwell. I worried every time I got on a train incase I couldn’t find a seat.

I know I need to fix this problem. Anxiety is a huge trigger for my CFS (I have a theory that this is because I got CFS from anxiety/ stress). Activity makes me tired but that is nothing compared to how exhausted I feel when I worry about things. I have literally ended up in bed just from worrying about stuff.

But I can see that its getting better. I can actually go and talk to a doctor about my problems. Though I would say that is mostly down to having a really amazing doctor. Last week I got on a bus for the first time in a year and a half. Last month I was in a shop looking for a book and I spoke to someone when I couldn’t find it. I called EE about my phone contract and it wasn’t scary.

Things are getting better. I still have to work on it but things are definitely better.

I am going to tag everyone in this. Because I think its a really important campaign and everyone should take part.

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19 thoughts on “Take Back What’s Yours

  1. What an amazing tag! I loved it and I’m certainly going to do it.
    I hope you take back everything that you have lost, not just your confidence. I hope you get everything you want!
    Love your writing

  2. Amazing post hun, so happy you did it. I am a strong believer that just putting this out there in the world, it will help a lot <3
    Anxiety and stress is a huge trigger for a lot of illnesses and problems. My illness is all because of too much stress and anxiety I had in my life. It took me a while to learn how to distress myself (still learning).

  3. A great idea, taking back your confidence, though terrifically hard to achieve. I have family members with CFS and related conditions- one in particular who’s really struggling to cope at the moment, so it’s heartening to read your story. All the best for the future x

  4. Anxiety is such a problem for so many people. I have had to deal with it myself, so I know a bit about it. Incidentally, your theory that anxiety caused your CFS is probably right on the money. (And you are quite lucky to have a doctor to phone with your blood test results – many I know just leave you hanging for days 🙂

    You are a good writer and I am enjoying your blog — bookmarking it so I can come back later.

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