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From Burnout to Brilliance: Lydie Husler’s Guide to Transforming Stress into Strength for Professional Women!

Her expat life recently caught up with Lydie Husler, a beacon of hope and transformation in the realm of holistic wellness and life coaching. With an approach as compassionate as it is empowering, Lydie has dedicated her career to guiding professional women through the tumultuous journey of recovery from stress and anxiety. Her methodology isn’t just about coping; it’s about thriving. Through a unique blend of holistic practices, personalised coaching, and a deep understanding of the challenges faced by women in the workforce, Lydie Husler offers not just a lifeline but a path to rediscover your brilliance. Join us as we explore how Lydie’s wisdom and strategies are redefining what it means to achieve wellness and success, on your terms.

Lydie, could you explain your methodologies and offerings as a holistic life coach?

As a certified holistic wellness & life coach, I experienced a few times that not everyone is ready

to take the leap to be coached as one needs to be vulnerable during a coaching session, sharing personal stuff can be difficult, therefore this is why my offering is quite varied, to ensure I can help anyone who needs support, wherever they are.

For my Wellness offering, individuals can choose between:

A “on the go program” based on handouts & videos recordings.

An individual coaching session of 60 minutes.

A Resilience Starter Journey Program including 5 coaching sessions and access to additional

resources such as handouts & recordings on Positive & Growth Mindset, Sleep, Self-Care,

Work-Life Balance and Support Network.

A Resilience Booster Journey Program: with 10 coaching sessions, it offers all from the

Resilience Starter Journey Program but as we dig deeper into the clients’ Wellbeing, we cover

as well Values & Purpose, Mindfulness areas & Healthy Eating foundations.

Concerning my Life Coaching Programs, I offer 3 short programs including for each of them 2

coaching sessions and access to additional resources:

Career Jumpstart Program

Relationship Reboot Program

Mindset Mastery Program.

2. What motivated your transition into the role of a holistic life coach?

I guess you could give this transition a title: “From Frustration to Passion!”

In 2020, after 15+ years in quality and compliance, I felt like a new challenge, not fully happy with

my current job. It was during this time that my boss assigned me a project on health and wellbeing. Initially hesitant, I nevertheless volunteered to lead it. This decision turned out to be

transformative and the best of my career life.

Leading the project ignited a passion I never knew existed. It woke up something in me, a

creativity I didn’t know I had, and I found myself being full of ideas. I discovered the world of

health and wellbeing, exploring workout apps, meditation, mindful walks, and even content

creation. From writing work posts and articles to crafting animated videos, I embraced every

aspect. Sharing knowledge through webinars, whether as a host or by inviting inspiring experts,

I was growing a true passion out of health and wellbeing.

However, later on a restructuring led to a role change within the organisation, one that was

really not appealing to me. While grateful for still having a job, it left me unfulfilled and depleted

at first. Thankfully, I could keep the health and wellbeing program I was leading since 2020.

During one event I organised, a passionate and inspiring coach triggered my “ah ah moment”.

I was blown away by her work and a little voice in my head told me: “this is it, this is what I want

to do”. This is how and when my certification as a holistic wellness and life coach started.

3. What distinguishes your services from those provided by other life coaches?

I would say: “been there, done that”. Not that I pretend to have seen all challenges that people

can struggle with but I experienced myself a couple of stress and anxiety management problems.

Juggling several responsibilities: being a mum, wife, having to work and run a business, I can

say without doubts that I can definitely relate to my clients challenges.

For example, a few years ago, lacking stress management strategies, I was very close to

burnout and I was experiencing mood and tears outbursts episodes at work. Or from my return to

work after maternity leave when adjustment at work was fine but it was way more chaotic at

home. I know it is not easy to navigate through a hectic fast moving life with increasing demands.

Women especially tend to neglect their own needs to take care of others and other duties.

With empathy, compassion and my training as a holistic wellness and life coach, I empower my

clients to embrace self-compassion, to understand their needs and prioritise them and show up

as their best-self to achieve their goals and create lasting lifestyle changes that they wish for

their life.

I was indeed trained to the Wellness 360 TM methodology by the International Association of

Wellness Professionals empowering me to be a guide and not a guru to my clients. I simply

listen with undivided and non judgemental attention and ask powerful questions. I create a safe

space for them to express themselves and we find together a solution that suits their needs.

4. Could you provide a detailed overview of your offerings, including Corporate Training,

Executive Coaching, and Life Coaching?

I believe companies & organisations have a certain responsibility to provide access to wellbeing

resources to their employees to support and sustain their mental health, and help them build their

resilience muscle.

This is why I offer the 3 following packages for organisations:

A Customisable package: designing and delivering a health & wellbeing program based on the

organisation’s needs.

A Pre-made package: basically offering all (or some of) my materials for individuals on stress

management at the availability of the organisations.

A One time off package: some organisations may have specific needs for an ERG event or a

specific awareness month, (for example April is Stress Awareness Month or October is focused

on Mental Health). They may need a keynote speaker for a webinar, a workshop or training

targeting people leaders and/or all employees. I can accommodate this: from my portfolio of

available topics on stress management or design and deliver a brand new topic, for example on

specifics mental health illnesses like burnout or on resilience.

Organisations could definitely benefit from training on values and purpose to empower their

employees to connect their own values and purpose with the company’s they work for.

Whether for individuals or organisations, all my offerings are customisable per the clients’ needs

as each individual or company/organisation is very different and unique so flexibility and

adaptability are key to suit their needs. For both individuals and organisations, those programs are

developed to safeguard mental health and build resilience along their journey.

5. From your perspective, which holistic wellness approaches have the potential to

enhance the daily lives of female entrepreneurs?

It is not easy to be an entrepreneur and a female one, even more.

Even in 2024, society has not banished all gender stereotypes where women are expected to

be or behave in a certain way so having their own business, how dare they.

We can also be our own enemies sometimes and want to do it all. I truly believe in the saying

“We can do anything but we can’t do everything”. Yet, this might not be easy to apply on a daily

basis. Perfectionism is another problem, we want to do it all and all perfectly but perfection doesn’t

exist so we will never achieve it. Choosing progression is a much more sustainable option.

So we encounter a lot of pressure, whether from society, our loved ones or from ourselves and

developing stress and anxiety management strategies are key to flourish.

One key element of those strategies is to get balanced emotional wellbeing: listening to our thoughts, feelings and emotions, and embracing them to eventually reframe them to serve us better.

I would also add that practicing mindfulness activities or mind-body activities (Yoga,Tai Chi, etc)

can help us feel grounded and focused.

Then, obviously nurturing a supportive network is important in general with the right positive

relationships, people who lift us up at a personal level. But building a network of women

entrepreneurs, is significant. We can surround ourselves with other female entrepreneurs or

like minded women in our field and support each other: encouraging each other, picking our

brains and get new perspectives, get access to resources within those networks. We get this

“community” feeling and this is so meaningful and powerful.

I believe, like Michelle Obama said, as women, we can’t afford to drag each other down, the rest

of the world does it anyway, so we need to support each other instead.

So finally, let’s control what we can and let go of what we can’t and let’s keep a healthy balance

in all domains of life that matter to us including a balance in the basics of wellbeing to beat

stress and anxiety so we can thrive, flourish, and be our best-self.

6. What are the essential steps to transition from feelings of overwhelm and helplessness

to a state of energised empowerment?

I would say one of the essential step is to go back to our deepest “why”, knowing and

reconnecting to ourselves: what matter to us the most and why = our values and see if there is a

misalignment with what we do/are every day.

Then, comes our sense of purpose in life, what good or difference we want to do in or for the

world or for our community?

Following this, asking ourselves what do we need in the basics of wellbeing every day to live a

purpose-driven life. Everyone is unique so my wellbeing toolkit would be way different than my

clients. It is not a “one size fits all approach. This is actually what I love about coaching. It's a

personal and customised journey that each client gets to discover.

7. How can women establish a comprehensive wellness regimen that nurtures both

personal and professional development as entrepreneurial individuals?

Once again, going back to our values and purpose is the first element, as entrepreneurs, I think

this is a must. Deciding to run a business, this is the start and part of building our mission and vision.

Then, having a balance in the basics of wellbeing: eating healthy the majority of times, getting

enough qualitative sleep, doing the right self-care strategies, having a harmonious work-life

integration, having robust relationships, and nurturing a positive outlook on life.

An essential aspect of this regimen is to cultivate a growth mindset, an important

element not only for entrepreneurs but for any individual actually. Let’s embrace the fear of the

uncertainty, of changes, the mistakes, the failures and falls we might face, without forgetting to

seize imperfection, this is how we learn and grow.

Two sayings that I love and that I keep mentioning in my posts or to my clients and that illustrate

this growth mindset so brilliantly are:

“FAIL = First Attempt In Learning”

“Follow the fear and do it anyway”.

8. What are some prevalent challenges faced by women in your observation, and how do

you facilitate their healing process?

As women, I often say that: we are natural caregivers, we take care of others or other duties

first, we neglect ourselves or put ourselves last.

We need to give ourselves permission to put our oxygen mask on first and this is way easier

said than done. Also the invisible mental load of the household’s logistics is burdening us, we may succeed to delegate things at home if we are lucky to have a reliable, supportive and trusted partner but the responsibility of those chores/tasks stays in most cases with us, so we keep orchestrating

everything in our mind and this is exhausting.

Plus, in a masculine dominant world, we sometimes believe we need to over perform at work to

succeed in our career, we do more extra time than our masculine colleagues or we hide or

pretend our feelings and emotions do not exist, simply because we were told we shouldn't show or

feel them at the workplace.

To heal, I truly believe we need to allow ourselves to know and understand ourselves, our needs,

what we value, to take care of ourselves first as mentioned above, be aware of our negative

thoughts, feelings and emotions and embrace them because they have a message to tell. We

need to advocate for ourselves, be ourselves because we are enough the way we are and

establish healthy boundaries. Let’s say “no” more often to say “yes” to ourselves.

It won’t happen overnight of course, but taking baby steps count and matter.

9. What mindfulness techniques would you suggest women integrate into their daily

routines to bolster their overall well-being and prevent burnout?

I would only suggest or recommend those incredible and remarkable women to start their day with

a positive intention/ mantra for the day ahead, and like Mel Robbins suggests so brilliantly 'high

five' themselves in the mirror every day, simply because they deserve to cheer themselves on, to

show themselves some appreciation and love.

Throughout the day, I would suggest to pause a few times for a few seconds or minutes if they can

and take a few deep breaths or a short walk to recharge, restore and calm down from their

hectic day. At the end of the day, I would add a gratitude moment, whether in written, out loud or

quietly, simply recognise what they are grateful for.

Mindfulness is more than meditation and some people may not like meditating, this is okay,

everyone is different but they can find a mindfulness practice that suit their needs.

Again, those are just suggestions, they work fine for me but they might not work for others,

being curious and experimenting with several practices is a good idea to find what works best.

10. What are the emerging trends within the health and wellness sector?

Nowadays, the use of technology is quite trendy in the wellness sector, many different devices

exist to track our health and wellbeing. There are tons of wellness, fitness or meditation

applications out there which offer many helpful resources to individuals as they can customise

their content as per their needs, which is great of course as customisation is always a plus.

I personally use a few of the apps myself and like them.


I would say that technology makes us dependant on our metrics (daily targets to

achieve) our phone or smartwatch, constantly connected and on the look out for notifications.

If people meet their daily target, they feel great but if they miss one, they might feel guilty, or

worse they might beat themselves up with negative self-talk, which can be very draining and

overwhelming. And let’s not mention that sometimes to meet their targets, (worse case scenario

I know) they might push themselves to exhaustion, just to be on track. Also, having to choose between many options (which app to choose, which tracking device is best, what workout or meditation shall I pick?) is tiring. Comparison of data with friends or colleagues using the same app can be exhausting as well and may lead to negative behaviours.

Researching for reviews online can make us consume more technology.

So let’s make sure we control our use of technology, that it serves us well rather than letting it

control us.

Within organisations as well, I hear a lot about digitalising wellbeing programs, I would love to

see those as complimenting options rather than replacing them.

Whether at individual or at organisation level, people need the human touch, we need our tribe

at work, at home to thrive, flourish and feel happier and fulfilled, to feel we belong. So same goes

for wellbeing programs, nothing will replace true human connections, being able to talk to

human-beings is powerful and empowering. Having access to a bot or listening only to videos

recordings, reading articles or replay a workout is okay but not the same experience. I believe

people still need and crave for face to face wellbeing or sport trainings or courses, coaching or

mentoring sessions.

Otherwise, I love seeing more focus on mental health, we see many posts on LinkedIn for

example but still progresses need to be done to break stigmatisation and discrimination.

Especially at workplaces. There are still a lot of burnout, depressions or anxiety disorders cases

globally and people still fear to talk about it openly because they don’t have this psychological

safe space to do so.

I can also observe a positive trend about holistic wellbeing, taking into account the whole body,

mind, spirit/soul connection, everything being interconnected like I mentioned above. This is

great and I bet it will will grow further in the future.

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