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Hi! I’m Dr. Caroline Leaf. I’m a cognitive neuroscientist, author, & mental health and mind expert. Whether you are struggling in your personal life or simply want to learn how to understand and use your mind to live your best life, this podcast will provide you with practical & scientific tips and tools to help you take back control over your mental, emotional, and physical health. Order my new book here: https://www.cleaningupyourmentalmess.com

CLEANING UP THE MENTAL MESS with Dr. Caroline Leaf Dr. Caroline Leaf

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 205 Ratings

Hi! I’m Dr. Caroline Leaf. I’m a cognitive neuroscientist, author, & mental health and mind expert. Whether you are struggling in your personal life or simply want to learn how to understand and use your mind to live your best life, this podcast will provide you with practical & scientific tips and tools to help you take back control over your mental, emotional, and physical health. Order my new book here: https://www.cleaningupyourmentalmess.com

    A father’s journey to understand & heal after his child’s suicide + signs someone you know is suicidal and how to help

    A father’s journey to understand & heal after his child’s suicide + signs someone you know is suicidal and how to help

    Get my new book Cleaning up Your Mental Mess here: https://www.cleaningupyourmentalmess.com

    Download my new and improved brain detox app here: https://neurocycle.app

    Sign up to join my free text program and receive mental health care tips. Just text DRLEAF to 1 (833) 285 3747



    SHOW DESCRIPTION: In this podcast I speak with Jason Reid, founder of the Choose Life foundation and creator of Tell My Story, about his own experience as a grieving father, how to get help if you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, how to recognize the signs if someone in your life is struggling, what we can do to help our loved ones who are going through a difficult time, and more.

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/a-father-s-journey-to-understand-heal-after-his-child-s-suicide-signs-someone-may-be-suicidal-how-to-help



    If you are feeling suicidal, contact the US national suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-273-8255.

    The teen suicide prevention hotline in the US is: 1-800-TLC-TEEN (852-8336) between 6-10pm PST. You can also text TEEN to 839863 between 6-9pm PST.



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    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS: 

    2:02 Jason’s story and why he started the Choose Life foundation

    3:50 Why we need to constantly ask our children how they are doing mentally, not just physically

    5:30 How the COVID pandemic has changed the mental health landscape

    7:40 Why we should learn how to talk to our children about our own struggles and vulnerabilities, not just shield them from what we are going through

    11:45 The importance of letting your child know it is okay to be depressed or struggle mentally

    15:50 How our experiences are built into the brain and affect us mentally and physically

    24:30 How to help your child if they are struggling

    39:50 Social media, technology and teen mental health



    Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more free resources 


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    • 59 min
    The neuroscience of dreams & nightmares + how to have better dreams & help your children process and understand nightmares

    The neuroscience of dreams & nightmares + how to have better dreams & help your children process and understand nightmares

    Get my new book Cleaning up Your Mental Mess here: https://www.cleaningupyourmentalmess.com

    Download my new and improved brain detox app here: https://neurocycle.app

    Sign up to join my free text program and receive mental health care tips. Just text DRLEAF to 1 (833) 285 3747



    SHOW DESCRIPTION: In this podcast I answer a listener's question regarding dreams + I share the neuroscience behind dreams and nightmares, how to set yourself up to have more peaceful and calm dreams, and how to help children process and understand nightmares. 

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/the-neuroscience-of-dreams-nightmares-how-to-have-better-dreams-help-your-children-process-understand-nightmares



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    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

    -Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more free resources Follow me on social media for daily mental health tips & strategies:

    -Instagram: @drcarolineleaf: https://www.instagram.com/drcarolineleaf/-

    -Facebook: Dr. Caroline Leaf: https://www.facebook.com/drleaf

    -Twitter: @drcarolineleaf: https://twitter.com/DrCarolineLeaf

    -Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf

    If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media!


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    • 1 hr
    How art & poetry can help heal mental health struggles (with Morgan Harper Nichols)

    How art & poetry can help heal mental health struggles (with Morgan Harper Nichols)

    Get my new book Cleaning up Your Mental Mess here: https://www.cleaningupyourmentalmess.com

    Sign up to join my free text program and receive mental health care tips. Just text DRLEAF to 1 (833) 285 3747



    SHOW DESCRIPTION: In this podcast  I speak with artist, poet, storyteller and best-selling author Morgan Harper Nichols about how art and poetry can help us process life and all its challenges, and the beautiful reality of how far each of us have come in our own lives.

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/how-art-can-help-heal-mental-health-with-morgan-harper-nichols

    For more info on Morgan see: https://morganharpernichols.com



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    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    1:22 Why Morgan went from singing and songwriting to visual art, poetry and storytelling

    5:10 Why Morgan wrote her book, How Far You Have Come

    10:40 Why all our life journeys matter

    13:50 The power of listening and engaging with the world around you

    15:00 Why you don’t have be productive all the time

    28:00 How art can help us process life

    35:10 Why we need to give ourselves grace

    45:30 How art can help us when we are feeling down

    50:30 What to do when you don’t feel inspired or creative



    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

    -Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more free resources Follow me on social media for daily mental health tips & strategies:

    -Instagram: @drcarolineleaf: https://www.instagram.com/drcarolineleaf/-

    -Facebook: Dr. Caroline Leaf: https://www.facebook.com/drleaf

    -Twitter: @drcarolineleaf: https://twitter.com/DrCarolineLeaf

    -Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf

    If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media!


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    • 54 min
    6 Strategies to deescalate intense emotions in the moment + tips to help reduce stress and build up cognitive resilience

    6 Strategies to deescalate intense emotions in the moment + tips to help reduce stress and build up cognitive resilience

    Get my new book Cleaning up Your Mental Mess here: https://www.cleaningupyourmentalmess.com

    Sign up to join my free text program and receive mental health care tips. Just text DRLEAF to 1 (833) 285 3747



    SHOW DESCRIPTION: Stress is a normal part of life. We cannot escape it, but we can learn to manage and live with it. In this podcast I give you 6 tips to help deescalate turbulent emotional situations, reduce stress in the moment and build up your cognitive resilience.

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/stress-busting-tips



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    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    1:10 How to make stress work for us and not against us

    1:40 Why how we perceive stress is important

    3:20 Why we need to de-escalate high stress situations

    3:45 How to use mind management to deal with toxic stress

    8:40 Why touch is so important

    22:30 Why we need to express affection

    27:10 How pets improve mental health and help us manage toxic stress

    34:10 How heat can help us calm down

    40:25 How sharing a meal with others improves brain health

    46:20 Why helping others is so good for your brain!



    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

    -Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more free resources Follow me on social media for daily mental health tips & strategies:

    -Instagram: @drcarolineleaf: https://www.instagram.com/drcarolineleaf/-

    -Facebook: Dr. Caroline Leaf: https://www.facebook.com/drleaf

    -Twitter: @drcarolineleaf: https://twitter.com/DrCarolineLeaf

    -Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf

    If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media!


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    • 50 min
    How to train your child to understand, process & verbalize intense emotions + tips on dealing with parent guilt & how to deal with past parenting mistakes

    How to train your child to understand, process & verbalize intense emotions + tips on dealing with parent guilt & how to deal with past parenting mistakes

    Get my new book Cleaning up Your Mental Mess here: https://www.cleaningupyourmentalmess.com

    Sign up to join my free text program and receive mental health care tips. Just text DRLEAF to 1 (833) 285 3747



    SHOW DESCRIPTION: In this podcast  I speak with clinical psychologist Dr. Rebecca Kennedy about rethinking the way we raise our children, the importance of saying sorry to our kids, why it is never too late to fix the mistakes we make as parents, how to explain our own emotions to our children, and so much more!

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/how-to-train-your-child-to-understand-process-verbalize-intense-emotions-tips-on-dealing-with-parent-guilt-how-to-deal-with-past-parenting-mistakes

    For more info on Dr. Rebecca Kennedy: goodinside.com

    Her instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drbeckyatgoodinside/

    Her workshops: learning.goodinside.com

    Her podcast, Good Inside with Dr Becky:  https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/good-inside-with-dr-becky



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    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    2:00 How to talk to your children about your difficult emotions

    8:30 How to talk to teenagers and adult children about what you are going through

    13:36 Why we need to say sorry to our children, no matter how old they are

    17:30 The importance of teaching our children to think, challenge and question everything

    23:30 How to help our children when they are going through a tough time

    28:10 How to teach your child about consent and saying no

    33:10 Why you need to teach your children about self-care from young

    37:45 How to manage and deal with parent guilt

    48:05 How to teach your children to validate and trust their own feelings

    50:33 Why boundaries are important for empathy

    52:07 How to respond when your child starts wining



    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

    -Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more free resources Follow me on social media for daily mental health tips & strategies:

    -Instagram: @drcarolineleaf: https://www.instagram.com/drcarolineleaf/-

    -Facebook: Dr. Caroline Leaf: https://www.facebook.com/drleaf

    -Twitter: @drcarolineleaf: https://twitter.com/DrCarolineLeaf

    -Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf

    If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media!


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    How to become a responder not a reactor + How arguments affect your DNA, and how to use mind management to resolve an argument

    How to become a responder not a reactor + How arguments affect your DNA, and how to use mind management to resolve an argument

    Get my new book Cleaning up Your Mental Mess here: https://www.cleaningupyourmentalmess.com

    Sign up to join my free text program and receive mental health care tips. Just text DRLEAF to 1 (833) 285 3747



    SHOW DESCRIPTION: Think of the last time you had an argument and how it made you feel, both physically and mentally. Pretty bad, right? Well, it is not all just in your head! Unresolved arguments can be harmful to your health, and can potentially decrease your longevity! In this podcast I talk about the importance of resolving arguments, how arguments impact your physical health, and how to become a responder not a reactor. 

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/how-to-become-a-responder-not-a-reactor-how-arguments-affect-your-dna-how-to-use-mind-management-to-resolve-an-argument



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    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    3:30 What the blister study tells us about arguments

    5:00 Arguments impact how we function physically & mentally

    5:35 How resolving arguments can improve our emotional health

    8:36 Why agreeing to disagree can be a good thing

    9:10 How your experience of an argument changes your brain and biology

    10:08 How arguments affect your DNA and cellular health

    10:34 Unresolved arguments can impact your immune system!

    12:00 How to use mind management to resolve an argument and improve your mental and physical health

    16:00 Why resolving arguments improves overall health and wellbeing

    24:26 How avoiding an argument or resolving an issue can make you anxious

    26:10 How self-regulated mind management can help you become a responder instead of a reactor



    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

    -Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more free resources Follow me on social media for daily mental health tips & strategies:

    -Instagram: @drcarolineleaf: https://www.instagram.com/drcarolineleaf/-

    -Facebook: Dr. Caroline Leaf: https://www.facebook.com/drleaf

    -Twitter: @drcarolineleaf: https://twitter.com/DrCarolineLeaf

    -Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf

    If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media!


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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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205 Ratings

sourcenergy ,

Raw and honest

I love listening to your amazing tips, I can take into my life. Your interview with Emily was beautiful, can’t wait for part 2. Love all your work Dr Leaf 🌈🦋💜 Sisterszenritual

beeeee7 ,

Glorify God

If God isn’t being glorified, your name and intellect is. Your job is to be the light Caroline!! You’ve changed SO much since I became a Christian 7 year ago. Don’t seek to please the world!!

Kathy E W ,

Ships and giggles

Fantastic!!!!

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