James's story

Building confidence and managing set-backs

James* wasn't confident about leaving his house.

Arthritis had stopped me doing things I enjoyed and this had also had a knock-on effect on my confidence and I stopped going out of the house. I didn’t feel I was coping very well and fear of failure was starting to set me back even further.

My health coach supported me to take small steps to getting back to doing things like doing some gentle exercises or walking into town, both of which had become a challenge. I’m really pleased to have a much more positive attitude – I’m more relaxed about set-backs and am very happy about what I’m actually managing to achieve.  

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*People have kindly agreed to share their stories but names (and other identifying details, where appropriate) have been changed for privacy purposes. Note to participants:  if you would like us to make an amendment to your story for privacy or accuracy purposes, please contact your coach via the relevant service. Photographs courtesy of John Birdsall Social Issues Picture Library.

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