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. 

Here are some Tools to help with Body and Mind:

Body Dysmorphia

Body Dysmorphia Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) Explains what body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is, the symptoms and possible causes of BDD and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and advice for friends and family. Common compulsive behaviours include: What causes BDD? No one knows exactly what causes BDD. However, recent… Continue reading Body Dysmorphia

Bullying Myself

Bullying Myself Have you ever caught yourself thinking things like this? I’m no good, and I never will be I should be a better spouse/parent/friend I just can’t handle things I’m stupid, worthless, never good enough I should have more energy I shouldn’t be so exhausted all of the time Other people can manage their… Continue reading Bullying Myself

Men’s Mental Health

Men’s Mental Health In England, it is estimated that as many as one in eight men suffer from common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder or ODC (obsessive-compulsive disorder).  However, it is difficult to know how accurate these statistics are, because it only describes the reported mental health status-which means that in… Continue reading Men’s Mental Health

Brain levels

This diagram shows how the brain works in levels and becomes increasingly complex and sophisticated the higher the level.

The brain orchestra

The brain orchestra with Arabella Our brain, which looks like a single organ, is actually a network of separate components which work together like musicians in an orchestra. The harmony of the sounds made by the orchestra as a whole, depends on the musicians feeling connected to and working together with each other. The oboe plays… Continue reading The brain orchestra


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