At the Ladies’ Lunch, her address outlined her career after she penned her book Big Purple Undies.
‘I was whisked from Joondalup Library to New York to turn it into a stand-up show,’ she said.
‘So what would I know about stress?’
Mrs Towler joked about touring America, but revealed why she eventually walked out on stand-up.
‘Most of the comics I met were depressed or addicted to alcohol or pills,’ she said.
‘I realised I wasn’t actually very happy when I got off stage.’
Now, the Melville Cockburn Chamber of Commerce executive runs a life coaching business to help people cope with stress.
‘The answer is usually to do more, breathe more, walk more, exercise more,’ she said.
‘I don’t know about you, but all this doing more is stressing me out.’
Mrs Towler said stress was a real problem, but factors such as jobs, mothers-in-law or car problems did not cause it ” it was ‘an inside job’.
She told the women their thoughts about problems, driven by subconscious beliefs, were the culprit.
Thoughts created emotions that ruled actions and therefore results.
‘Reframe; add new insights or experiences that change the emotions and the thoughts,’ she said.
She took her audience through a ‘reframing’ worksheet that caused a buzz around the room; it appeared Mrs Towler had won converts.
‘I want people to laugh, but also develop,’ the ex-comedienne told Comment News.
‘People relax when you are funny and if they enjoy it they’ll learn more.
‘Comedy has taught me how to relate to people, and life is about relationships.
‘Business is the same, it’s about communication.’
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