Holistic Stress Management Coach
I'm Kim Bresseleers, a highly sensitive person, dog mom, nature lover and founder of Green Yourself.
It's nice to meet you!
I created Green Yourself as a way to provide information about different ways to accomplish a healthy, happier and more fulfilling lifestyle.
For years I struggled with various physical complaints such as lack of energy, fatigue, headaches, muscle stiffness and joint pains, stomach aches and digestion issues, plus I frequently experienced difficulty with breathing. Despite the fact that I constantly felt so tired, I often laid awake at night.
I noticed that it was harder for me to concentrate on something, or that it took me longer to complete complex tasks, and I also started to forget things such as appointments or bringing certain things from the supermarket.
I had also increased irritability and strong mood swings. At the same time, I felt anger, fear, loneliness, frustration and misunderstanding. I was so exhausted that I sometimes just burst out into tears for no reason. I felt general anxiety and I even sometimes suffered a panic attack. I lost the ability to relax and find joy in my life.
I ignored all these symptoms out of fear of the consequences (a sign of weakness or unreliability). So I dragged myself out of bed every morning and tried to get through the day. Praying that one day it would all get better.
Then one day, my body couldn't take it anymore and I was unable to do anything. There I was, at home with a burnout for 3 months.
The first week I couldn’t even get out of my bed or eat anything, but my family pushed me to eat at least one meal per day and get outside of the house, even if it was for just 30 minutes each day. It helped me recognize that something needed to be done to change my lifestyle and regain life’s joy.
Being outside in nature, feeling the sun on my skin, hearing the birds and seeing the beautiful flowers around me, made me realize that there are so many things in life that we can be thankful for. Feeling stressed makes you forget about all this, because you can only think about all the 'obligations', the things that need to be done or your imperfections and worries.
So I did self reflection to find out what is really important to me and what makes me happy. I discovered that I wanted to live a different kind of life with less stress, focus on healthy food and nature and more time for the people and animals that I love.
Day after day, I reflected even more and I started making some changes to my life, step by step.
I made a list of all the different factors that caused energy loss in my life (professional, household and family obligations) and thought of ways to find solutions, for example knowing my own limits, setting boundaries and having less expectations for myself and others.
I found a way to spend my time and energy differently by using a journal and making a realistic daily plan.
I learned how to relax and take moments of rest by recognizing the signs of my body. I spent more time in nature and did more of the things that I really enjoy such as being creative, practicing yoga or just little things such as cuddling with my dogs or watching the birds in my garden.
I evaluated the relationships in my life and focused on the people who made me feel good.
I changed my habitat from a city apartment to a house surrounded by nature.
And last but not least, I changed my diet by removing animal products and processed foods, eating plant-based and whole foods. I also started using natural products for the care of my entire body.
It took me some time to get there but after implementing all these changes, I felt like a brand new person, grateful for all the little things in life and taking life as it comes.
My hope is that I can inspire you and help you reduce stress and anxiety by self-reflecting and connecting with nature. Please know this is a place to celebrate your unique journey; no matter where you are on your own path, and no matter what diet you follow, I am here to guide and support you every step of the way.
I’m so happy to have you here!