How do we reduce stress in our lives? And we'll talk about it next week.
By simplifying, by doing less rather than more. We'll talk about how actually doing less at times
doesn't just lead to more happiness, it also leads to more success, more creativity as well as productivity.
But we can't reduce the stress in theory.
Chipping away through the gratefulness, creating more positive channels, becoming more of a benefit finder over time.
It takes time. Doesn't happen overnight.
The nice thing though is that when we are afraid, when we think it's too much for us to take certain action,
we can use our internal simulator.
Remember the mind doesn't know the difference between the real thing and the imaginary thing?
And if we imagine something, if we are in the CBT language,
if we engage in exposure, either through the imagination or through actual action, when we engage in exposure,
over time, we become confident, which as I told you, what I do,
preparing for lectures, seeing myself, doing it in my mind's eye, and the mind doesn't know the difference, in the real and in the imagined.
And overtime, we'll become more confident. It's a good start. It's not enough.
But certainly goes hand in hand and a very useful technique to explore and to try.
So all this is well and good. I'm sure some of you are thinking about, and actually some came after class last time and talked to me about it and said,
OK, so we know action is important, but there is a problem.
And the problem is that I don't or many people don't have enough discipline to engage in this action,
to get out and run three times or five times a week.