It’s easy to understand how the brain makes the body work, but did you know that the body influences the brain as well? Information comes from the body all the time affecting how the brain responds, thinks or feels, usually before we are aware of things. 

Ever had a prickle on the back of the neck to turn round to see someone staring at you? Your body is sensing and reacting to its environment and transmitting crucial messages up to the brain. Sometimes your body will work things out by itself: a pending sense of overwhelm, a rise in heart rate, a rush of blood to the thigh muscles and hurried movement back to safety. Later on you might wonder why your supermarket shop was shorter and less efficient than usual!

Conversely, taking time to slow your body down, spending time learning what your body is trying to convey, how it responds and reacts can improve mental function and wellbeing. 

This section of the Toolbox explores and explains the intimate relationship and interaction between brain and body and help us understand how mental and physical wellbeing work and flourish in harmony.  Understanding your body will help you understand your mind. 


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