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Cobwebs of the Mind-How to Take Control of Stress
by Susan J Del Gatto   

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ISBN-10:  059568372X Type: 

ISBN-13:  9780595683727
Non-Fiction

Cobwebs of the Mind, gives you chapter after chapter of thoughts to consider when faced with stressful situations in your life. It can help you to, Discover the areas of hidden stress in your life, Change the way you perceive situations, Remove stress from your relationships, Confront past issues and move forward, Lift financial pressures, Balance your lifestyle, Improve your health and much moreÖplus relaxation techniques.

Cobwebs of the Mind


Excerpt

What are cobwebs of the mind? Picture a cobweb. There is one center, and in this center is where all thoughts are born. From here there are many paths; these paths are developing thoughts, and these thoughts reach outwards. As these thoughts continue to project in one direction, other thoughts intersect these thoughts.


For a simple example take this one thought, ďIím hungry,Ē this one thought generates other thoughts such as, do I want to go out to eat? What is it that I am in the mood to eat? Do I want Italian, Mexican, American, or Chinese? If I think Iím in the mood for Italian then, do I want to go to Davidís Italian Restaurant down the street or Tonyís a few miles into town? If I go toTonyís, there is a great salad bar but Davidís is a larger restaurant and I probably wonít have to wait for a table. Thereís that nice Chinese restaurant just a few blocks from here, and so on and so on. Every thought intersects another and branches off to follow a separate path of its own. It is simply taking a thought and attaching a possible outcome. With each decision that we face there can be many different outcomes and because of this there are many intersecting thoughts or paths. These outcomes are determined by the choices we see as being available to us. Of course, ultimately we will only make one final decision after weighing all of our options.



All these intersecting thoughts that stemmed from that one initial thought, which was ďIím hungry,Ē form a cobweb of thoughts. But wait, I said cobwebs. How many thoughts do we entertain at one time? If I am deciding what and where I want to go for lunch and my supervisor calls and says he needs me to complete a report by 3:00 pm and then my sister calls to say that her car broke down and she needs help and my computer decides to jam up and I canít get it to print etc., etc. How many cobwebs are multiplying in my head? Everything we act out in our life is a product of a thought, and each thought has many potential conclusions. Itís when there is an overwhelming amount of action taking place in your mind that I refer to these thoughts as cobwebs. All of these thoughts produce many cobwebs, all overlapping other cobwebs.


All of these cobwebs can throw us into a state of confusion and panic as our minds reach an overload capacity. Have you ever been walking in the woods and,before you had time to react, run smack into a cobweb that has been stretched from one tree across the path to another tree? You lift your hand to sweep away the cobweb attack, but this just worsens your problem as other cobwebs attach to your arm and your hand. Now youíre trying to sweep off cobwebs with cobwebs,and the more you try the more you feel cobwebs all over you, and the panic of being swallowed by cobwebs takes over your mind. The frantic reaction subsides, and you feel somewhat embarrassed that you panicked, but it caught you off guard, and of course you didnít have time to stop and think about how you were going to react.


We tend to become frantic when too many demands are placed on us at one time. Our brains reach overload, our thoughts become cobwebs over cobwebsover cobwebs, with too many thoughts.We are being pulled in too many directions at one time and asked to complete too many tasks. When you donít have the knowledge and techniques to untangle these cobwebs, you feel overwhelming anxiety. The result is stress.
The book Cobwebs of the Mind and the website abc-stress.com attempt to guide you to safe places that allow you to take the time to react. You will learn that you make the choice as to how you react and that your choice will either increase or reduce the level of your stress.


You will learn how, through organization and prioritizing, you can cut a path through the cobwebs in your mind, setting thoughts on one side and thoughts on another side and, as a consequence, reduce the number of cobwebs while you coordinate these thoughts. You will discover what triggers your stress and you will learn relaxation techniques to help you better manage your stress. Because we are human beings with emotions, we can never eliminate stress, but we can live healthier, happier, and longer lives by controlling stress rather than letting stress control us.



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Effects of stress can distort, interfere, and wreak havoc with what you value most in life. This will not only place strain in your relationships with your family and friends but can jeopardize your career as well as your physical well-being. Many illnesses are linked to stress, yet we continue with our demanding lives. How do we stop the debilitating cycle?

Cobwebs of the Mind: How to Take Control of Stress teaches you how to remove the negative impacts of stress from your life and create harmony.



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Reader Reviews for "Cobwebs of the Mind-How to Take Control of Stress"

Reviewed by Susan Del Gatto 8/29/2009
I was led to your book during the past few weeks by a dream I had in which I found myself in the woods with cobwebs around me. The woods would have been beautiful but for these old cobwebs hanging around and down, and I wanted to clean them up. I thought to myself in the dream that I would need to get permission from my father, or my employer, to start the clean up. I awoke and thought: Why do I need to ask someone for permission to start cleaning out the woods?

I went online and looked up "cobwebs in the woods" and a link to your book came up. I bought it and really like it.

Mary Ann Vorasky



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