Talk

Advanced search

Mumsnet has not checked the qualifications of anyone posting here. If you need help urgently, see our mental health web guide which can point you to expert advice.

I've lost my confidence

(4 Posts)
Ikeatears Thu 19-Nov-15 18:34:20

I'm definitely feeling on the better side of anxiety and depression, although some days are still a huge struggle. What I'm struggling with now is a huge crisis of confidence. Activities/situations that I previously would have had no problem with, now seem such a huge deal.
I went back to a hobby last night for part of the session. I didn't join in, I just wanted to break the ice with everyone after being off for so long. Everyone was lovely and welcoming.
I got home and spent the rest of the night in tears because I can't imagine being in a place where I will have the confidence to join in again. The same with work. The thought of it gives me palpitations but I've never struggled at work. I now can't imagine being back there.
I don't feel like 'me' anymore and it makes me sadsad

Ikeatears Wed 25-Nov-15 11:48:04

Struggling today, I've come back to bed. I'm crying. I can't face anything or anyone. I'm a mess. I thought things were improving.sad

hefzi Wed 25-Nov-15 20:59:42

I'm sorry to hear you're having a rubbish day. Have you gone back to your GP at all? In all honesty, I am very, very reluctant to be off work for the exact reasons you describe - I struggle the first couple of weeks, and then it becomes easy not to go in, and then impossible to get back. Do you have a really trusted friend at work who could help you? Or a good friend in your group? No-one expects you to be perfect - you've been off sick - and sometimes, admitting to someone how you've been feeling makes things much easier. The longer you're out of the normal way of things, in my experience, makes you feel worse - I've just been posting on someone else's thread talking about being long-term unemployed, and realised how I plummeted in that time because my world got smaller and smaller, and I got so anxious being outside, it was a struggle even to go the 300 feet to my doctor's surgery. I'd also have major panic attacks whilst signing on every fortnight - I'd forgotten until her thread how vile it was.

The good news, though, that once I had started to get back into things, confidence comes back quickly (and I am not at all a confident person): but once you realise you can do your job and function more or less as expected of a human being, everything else starts to slot into place.

Honestly - I really recommend speaking to someone: a friend or a manager - it will take a load of weight off, and then if you have a wobble, you won't be so stressed about it, because you've already spoken to someone.

GotABitTricky Mon 30-Nov-15 12:34:28

I agree that once you start to get back into things, confidence comes back quickly .

Go back to your hobby (even if you don't join in at start)
and it will get better, defo.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now