247 episodes

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist, bestselling 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 tips and tools to help you take back control over your mental, emotional, and physical health

Follow me on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter for more mental health tips & strategies: @drcarolineleaf
Website: drleaf.com
Download my brain detox app: theswitch.app

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

    • Mental Health

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist, bestselling 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 tips and tools to help you take back control over your mental, emotional, and physical health

Follow me on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter for more mental health tips & strategies: @drcarolineleaf
Website: drleaf.com
Download my brain detox app: theswitch.app

    How I used my 5 step Neurocycle to manage my mental health during and after a family argument + my favorite breathing technique to help calm intense emotions

    How I used my 5 step Neurocycle to manage my mental health during and after a family argument + my favorite breathing technique to help calm intense emotions

    ***Pre-order my new book Cleaning up Your Mental Mess here & get access to exclusive pre-order bonuses like a workbook, bonus chapters and more: 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: Let’s face it, we all argue, so we may as well learn how to argue well, and learn how to turn arguments into experiences that improve, not harm, mental health & relationships! In this podcast I discuss the best ways to manage arguments and intense emotions like frustration and anger, based on my personal and professional experience, and I walk you through how to use my 5 step Neurocycle for dealing with arguments. 

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/how-i-used-my-5-step-neurocycle-to-manage-my-mental-health-during-and-after-a-family-argument



    SPECIAL OFFERS FROM OUR SPONSORS:

    Public Goods (My preferred online goods store, which has everything you need, from natural cleaning products and foods to sustainable house goods). Receive $15 off your first Public Goods order with NO MINIMUM purchase. Just go to https://www.publicgoods.com and use code DRLEAF at checkout.

    NOOM (A great way to develop healthier habits, reduce your risk of chronic health problems, reverse disease, and foster a healthier relationship with yourself and others! I love using NOOM to keep track of my exercise routine and make sure I am eating well every day): For your special offer see: noom.com/DRLEAF



    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    1:40 How to argue better

    5:30 How I handled a recent argument with my daughter

    7:35 Why exercise and deep breathing are great tools to calm down the mind

    10:15 How mind-management helped me turn the argument into a constructive experience

    20:00 You too can learn how to clean up your mental mess!



    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

    -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just visit: https://theswitch.app

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

    -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!


    ---

    This episode is sponsored by
    · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

    • 24 min
    How to biohack your body to improve your mood & mind, how fasting can make you more mentally & emotionally strong + why you need to drink more coffee for optimal mental health (with Dave Asprey)

    How to biohack your body to improve your mood & mind, how fasting can make you more mentally & emotionally strong + why you need to drink more coffee for optimal mental health (with Dave Asprey)

    ***Pre-order my new book Cleaning up Your Mental Mess here & get access to exclusive pre-order bonuses like a workbook, bonus chapters and more: 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: Did you know coffee is a superfood? That fasting doesn’t just mean drinking water? Or that you have the power to change and control your biology? In this podcast I speak with founder of Bulletproof and NY Times bestselling author Dave Asprey about common dangerous wellness myths, how coffee is amazing for your brain, what biohacking is and how it can help you, how to navigate the many wellness trends and find the ones that are best for you, how to fast correctly, the benefits of going without and putting your body under good stress, and more!

    Read the show blog here:

    Order Dave's new book here:



    SPECIAL OFFERS FROM OUR SPONSORS:

    Kettle & Fire (My favorite organic bone broths, which are full of nutrients that can improve brain and mental health!): To get up to 25% off your Kettle & Fire bone broth order and free shipping see: Kettleandfire.com/drleaf or use code DRLEAF at checkout.

    NED (A company that makes the highest quality, organic, full spectrum CBD based on the latest science. I take NED’s CBD daily, and have honestly seen a difference in my sleep quality and mental health!). To get 15% off your first order and free shipping visit helloned.com/drleaf or use the code DRLEAF at checkout.



    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    3:07 Why Dave loves coffee and biohacking

    4:47 Is coffee good for us?

    7:43 How coffee can improve our mental health

    9:17 What is biohacking and how can it help us?

    11:17 Can biohacking be dangerous?

    13:17 How fasting can increase brain power

    28:26 Tips to fast better

    44:33 Why not all stress is bad for us



    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

    -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just visit: https://theswitch.app

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

    -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!


    ---

    This episode is sponsored by
    · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

    • 56 min
    Are new years resolutions just another form of toxic positivity? + Why positive affirmations don't work in the long run

    Are new years resolutions just another form of toxic positivity? + Why positive affirmations don't work in the long run

    ***Pre-order my new book Cleaning up Your Mental Mess here & get access to exclusive pre-order bonuses like a workbook, bonus chapters and more: 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: New Year’s resolutions may seem great on the surface, but they can also be a form of toxic positivity. As I discuss in detail in this podcast when we fail to keep a resolution (which often happens!), we can feel really bad about it. We often experience shame because we often think that there must be something wrong with us, or we think that we always fail and are so bad at all this “life” stuff. But that’s not the case at all! So in this episode I share how to correctly rewire your brain to create sustainable habits, why positive affirmations are not sustainable solutions, why giving up on goals may actually be a good thing, and more!

    Show blog: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/are-new-year-s-resolutions-just-another-form-of-toxic-positivity-why-positive-affirmations-dont-work-in-the-long-run



    Blinkist, one of my favorite ways to pass the time while exercising and build my brain, which improves mental resilience!: To get your free week on Blinkist AND 25% off your subscription see: https://www.blinkist.com/nc/partners/cleaning-up-the-mental-mess

    BiOptimizers’s Leaky Gut Guardian, which is a great way to heal your gut and improve your immune health! Use code DRLEAF10 for 10% off any order at https://www.bioptimizers.com/drleaf

    Jenni Kayne, my favorite online store with a a beautiful selection of clothes and home goods. Get 15% off your first order when you use code DRLEAF at checkout: https://www.jennikayne.com



    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    1:49 How New Year’s resolutions can be a form of toxic positivity

    2:46 It is okay to change or even not make a New Year’s resolution!

    4:12 Why it can be difficult to build a new mental habit and change your lifestyle

    5:02 How much time it really takes to change your mind

    14:52 Why shaming yourself for not keeping a resolution will damage your mental health

    16:30 Why failure is good for us and how we can learn from our experiences

    19:47 Keeping a resolution won’t make you happy all the time or take away all your issues

    22:00 Why negative emotions and feelings are telling us something about ourselves

    23:10 Why “bad” emotions are a normal part of life, and why it is okay to be unhappy

    26:00 How to change your mind and keep your resolutions



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

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

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


    ---

    This episode is sponsored by
    · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

    • 41 min
    How I got through a major mental health crisis + a 5 step Neurocycle for dealing with acute trauma & tips on how to help someone who is in a dark place

    How I got through a major mental health crisis + a 5 step Neurocycle for dealing with acute trauma & tips on how to help someone who is in a dark place

    ***Pre-order my new book Cleaning up Your Mental Mess here & get access to exclusive pre-order bonuses like a workbook, bonus chapters and more: 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 share how I managed my mental health during a recent crisis, how to use the 5 step Neurocycle for acute trauma, how to help someone who is in a dark place and suicidal, how to take the next step and find hope when everything seems too much and too overwhelming, and so much more!  

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/how-i-got-through-a-major-mental-health-crisis-a-5-step-neurocycle-for-dealing-with-acute-trauma-tips-on-how-to-help-someone-who-is-in-a-dark-place 

    SPECIAL OFFERS FROM OUR SPONSORS: 

    Ritual (My favorite children’s multivitamin—simple, clean, and backed by science!): To get 10% off your first three months of Ritual multivitamins see: https://ritual.com/drleaf Public Goods (My preferred online goods store, which has everything you need, from natural cleaning products and foods to sustainable house goods). Receive $15 off your first 

    Public Goods order with NO MINIMUM purchase. Just go to https://publicgoods.com and use code DRLEAF at checkout. 



    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:  

    2:41 How to deal with moments when life feels like a complete mess 

    3:12 Why being authentic and real about what you are going through is important for your health 

    3:42 Why I love the new animated movie Soul, and why you will love it too! 

    5:12 How to help someone who is suicidal 

    6:20 Why it is okay to not know what to do sometimes 

    07:40 Why you should not give up, on yourself or your loved ones 

    10:45 Why you should never just pretend you are “okay” 

    13:33 Why healing takes time and is often messy, and why it often feels worse before it gets better 

    15:26 The power of a reconceptualized life, and how to celebrate the small wins 19:17 How to control your thinking and emotions in acute and traumatic situations 

    20:00 What is a NeuroCycle and how can it help you? 



    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: 

    -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just visit: https://theswitch.app 

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

     -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! 



    If you are feeling suicidal, contact the US national suicide prevention hotline today: 1-800-273-8255. The UK national suicide hotline is: Samaritans Helpline: 116 123. The Australian national suicide hotline is: 13 11 14 (within Australia). The South African national suicide hotline is: Call 0800 567 567 or SMS 31393.


    ---

    This episode is sponsored by
    · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

    • 38 min
    How to heal from sexual abuse, childhood neglect, disordered eating & depression with Tana Amen

    How to heal from sexual abuse, childhood neglect, disordered eating & depression with Tana Amen

    ***Pre-order my new book Cleaning up Your Mental Mess here & get access to exclusive pre-order bonuses like a workbook, bonus chapters and more: 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: We have stuff we have to deal with, even if everything looks “perfect” on the surface. But what happens when we can’t pretend that everything is all right anymore? Is true healing possible? In this podcast I speak with NY Times best-selling author, ICU trauma nurse and vice president of Amen Clinics Tana Amen about overcoming abuse, cancer and an eating disorder, finding the courage to face your past and find true healing, how to help others recover from trauma, and so much more!

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/how-to-heal-from-sexual-abuse-childhood-neglect-disordered-eating-depression-with-tana-amen

    Get Tana's amazing book here: https://www.thomasnelson.com/p/relentless-courage-of-a-scared-child/

    Follow Tana on social media: 

    https://www.instagram.com/tanaamen/?hl=en



    SPECIAL OFFERS FROM OUR SPONSORS:

    NOOM (A great way to develop healthier habits, reduce your risk of chronic health problems, reverse disease, and foster a healthier relationship with yourself and others! I love using NOOM to keep track of my exercise routine and make sure I am eating well every day): For your special offer see: https://noom.com/drleaf

    ThirdLove Bras (If you are like me, you know how hard it is to find a bra that looks and feels good, which is why I love ThirdLove, the most comfortable bra company around!): To get up to 20% off your ThirdLove Bra order see: https://thirdlove.com/drleaf



    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    1:49 Tana’s amazing new book, Relentless Courage

    4:30 Why we often minimize or hide our pain to survive

    6:33 Healing trauma takes time and effort

    7:51 Why there is power in telling your story

    9:52 What happened toTana, and how she overcame sexual abuse, trauma, an eating disorder and cancer

    17:00 Why you never know if someone is struggling or what they are going through, even when their life looks “perfect”

    28:45 When we struggle, we often learn and grow the most



    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

    -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just visit: https://theswitch.app

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

    -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!


    ---

    This episode is sponsored by
    · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

    • 40 min
    My top lessons from 2020 + Strategies for dealing with anticipation anxiety, general anxiety disorder (GAD) & difficult family members

    My top lessons from 2020 + Strategies for dealing with anticipation anxiety, general anxiety disorder (GAD) & difficult family members

    ***Pre-order my new book Cleaning up Your Mental Mess here & get access to exclusive pre-order bonuses like a workbook, bonus chapters and more: 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 bonus episode I replay the Instagram Live I did Dec 31 2020 where I share my top lessons learned from 2020 and what I am working on in 2021. I also answer listener questions on how to deal with anxiety while waiting to get test results back and just anticipation anxiety in general, how to deal with general anxiety disorder (GAD), how to manage burnout as a medical professional, how to protect your mental health while living with "annoying" family, how to avoid giving into provocations & triggers, and more! 



    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

    -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just visit: https://theswitch.app

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

    -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!


    ---

    This episode is sponsored by
    · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

    • 38 min

Top Podcasts In Mental Health

Listeners Also Subscribed To