Know The Brain Systems That Run Your Life

Basal Ganglia (BG)

Surrounds the limbic system. Its the integrator of emotions, thoughts and movements. BG issues can lead to anxiety, fear of judgment, conflict avoidance, workaholic tendencies, and muscle tension, such as headaches and back aches. An underactive BG is often seen in those with Parkinsons Disease. An overactive BG is associated with people who tend to freeze in overwhelmingly stressful situations. Strategies to calm the BG include: relaxation exercises, meditation, self-hypnosis. ANT-free thinking (see concept 6 on resilience), and supplements such as DHA omega 3s and GABA.