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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

    • Mental Health
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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

    How to break the cycles of worry & fear to heal your mind with Dr. Jud Brewer

    How to break the cycles of worry & fear to heal your mind with Dr. Jud Brewer

    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 talk to psychiatrist, professor and author Dr. Jud Brewer about on how anxiety drives our lives, what we can do to break the habit loops that keep us anxious, techniques to uproot anxiety at its source and manage our triggers, and more!

    Get Dr. Jud's book: https://drjud.com/book

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/judbrewer

    Instagram: https://instagram.com/dr.jud

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/unwinding-anxiety



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    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    2:20 Why Dr. Judd loves helping people overcome anxiety

    3:30 How to start unwinding anxiety in your life

    6:37, 19:05 The importance of learning how the mind works

    8:40 Why we need to understand the reward/value system of the brain

    10:45 Why we need to become aware of a habit to change it

    14:30 Why awareness alone is not enough

    22:26 The importance of asking ourselves how rewarding our values are to us in the moment—is this habit still serving me?

    23:15 Curiosity is a superpower!

    31:45 How anxiety hides in bad habits

    35:55 The importance of always being kind to ourselves

    40:10 Why anxiety doesn’t improve our performance

    48:10 How Dr. Judd manages his own anxiety and mental health



    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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    • 57 min
    Why we shouldn't (and can't) "forgive & forget" the past and trauma + how to use mind-management & reconceptualizing techniques to heal how the past plays out into the future

    Why we shouldn't (and can't) "forgive & forget" the past and trauma + how to use mind-management & reconceptualizing techniques to heal how the past plays out into the future

    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 talk about why forgetting doesn’t fix or heal something, and how to use reconceptualizing and mind-management to heal the past and find true and sustainable peace. 

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/why-forgetting-doesn-t-fix-anything



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    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    2:07 Why forgetting doesn’t fix something

    2:20 Thoughts are real things in our brain that impact us mentally and physically

    2:46 Your mind is not your brain

    3:50 Our experiences change our brain and biology

    4:51 Why we need to make our thoughts and experiences work for us and not against us through mind management

    5:35 Why we cannot just forget what we have experienced, and how suppressing or ignoring a painful experience can impact our health

    9:25 How our immune system responds to our negative experiences

    11:30 Why trauma and toxic experiences are so hard to process

    16:10, 36:15 Why we cannot just pretend something didn’t happen to us or try to suppress a bad memory

    16:35 How to face your issues and reconceptualize them using mind management

    19:00 Why we need to connect with others and share what we are going through to get context and perspective

    28:22 Techniques to deal with negative experiences in the moment when everything seems too much

    30:40 Why we cannot change or heal what we are not aware of

    32:05 How to compartmentalize toxic memories and experiences so that you can calm down and cope in the moment



    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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    • 43 min
    Lessons from a former Navy SEAL on facing fear + how to begin healing from PTSD, and how to help veterans and active military members with their mental health

    Lessons from a former Navy SEAL on facing fear + how to begin healing from PTSD, and how to help veterans and active military members with their mental health

    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 to former Navy Seal and bestselling author Brandon Webb about how to face your fears and use them to your advantage, healing PTSD, how to help veterans and active military members with their mental health, and more!

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/brandon-webb

    For more info on Brandon and to get his books: https://brandontylerwebb.com



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    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    1:30 Brandon’s time as a Navy Seal

    3:00 Brandon’s experience with burnout, and why he left the military to start his own businesses

    3:46 Failure as a learning experience

    4:15 Why Brandon loves writing books, and his exciting new novel!

    7:20 What it is like having PTSD in the military

    10:30 Using the outdoors as therapy

    13:00 Why people often see therapy as something to be ashamed of

    15:51 Why transitioning out of the military today is so challenging

    18:00 The power of purpose and meaning

    20:25 Why PTSD as a coping mechanism, not a disease

    24:28 Why training in the military should change

    33:03 Men’s mental health and “toxic masculinity”



    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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    • 48 min
    This one word will improve your mental health & relationships + the dangers of black & white thinking

    This one word will improve your mental health & relationships + the dangers of black & white thinking

    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 talk about how life is not an “either this or that” game. Rather, it is an “and” game, which means that it is normal to hold two or more opposing ideas or feelings in your head at the same time, even in your relationships, and accepting this will save you a lot of mental distress!

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/this-one-word-will-improve-your-mental-health-relationships-the-dangers-of-black-white-thinking



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    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    2:34, 5:40 Why life is not an either/or game

    3:00 You can hold two opposing views in your mind at the same time

    3:11 How you can love someone and be triggered by someone at the same time

    4:45 The dangers of toxic avoidance

    8:50 How to deal with guilt and shame in relationships

    12:25 How writing helps integrate your thinking

    17:15 How to use mind management and the Neurocycle to heal your relationships

    18:17 Why you can’t change someone—you can only change yourself!

    19:00 The importance of clear boundaries in your relationships

    21:55 The way we show up in our relationships has a reason—we don’t live in a vacuum!

    24:00 How to go from reacting to responding in your relationships

    28:10 Why change is not easy but always worth it!



    -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!


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    • 44 min
    A professional guide to doing the necessary but scary things, facing your fears, and finding your voice + tips to overcome imposter syndrome

    A professional guide to doing the necessary but scary things, facing your fears, and finding your voice + tips to overcome imposter syndrome

    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 NY Times bestselling author and renown speaker Luvvie Ajayi Jones about how fear is often the enemy of progress, how to become a professional troublemaker, what we need to get right within ourselves before we do the things that scare us but also help us grow, how to use your voice for the greater good, how to find your unique voice and inner strength, and more!

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/a-professional-guide-to-doing-the-necessary-but-scary-things-facing-your-fears-finding-your-voice-tips-to-overcome-imposter-syndrome

    For more on Luvvie: https://luvvie.org/about/



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    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    1:20 What is a “professional troublemaker”?

    3:00 Why we should normalize our fears

    4:40 Why people often refuse to do better

    7:50 How fear can hold us back

    11:40 Why courage is not the absence of fear

    14:42 The power of perspective

    18:23 Why we all need to learn to look inward

    24:37 Why you need to own the space you have given

    27:45 How to embrace who you are and own up your own space

    35:20 The difference between arrogance and owning who you are and what you are good at

    36:00 The power of trusting where you are

    37:42 Why you need to “fail loudly”

    39:19 The power of asking for more

    40:17 Why boundaries are important

    43:11 Outsource yourself and learn how to ask for help



    -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!


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    • 51 min
    The secret ingredient to better mental health + how kindness changes your brain, and the power of mirror neurons

    The secret ingredient to better mental health + how kindness changes your brain, and the power of mirror neurons

    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 talk about the neuroscience of kindness, the impact kindness has on our mind, brain and body and how to use mind management to be more kind to improve your mental AND physical health!

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/the-secret-ingredient-to-better-mental-health-how-kindness-changes-your-brain-the-power-of-mirror-neurons



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    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    4:00 Why kindness is essential in my life and business

    4:23 Kindness and compassion are superhuman tools that can change our brain and biology for the better!

    5:47 Why we need to be kind to others AND ourselves!

    8:20 Why you need to train yourself to be more kind

    9:00 The negative effects of being unkind

    9:11 How kindness teaches us to be a responder, not a reactor

    10:10 What kindness is and what it is not

    15:15 How kindness impacts the mind and brain

    21:00 Why our brains and bodies love it when we are kind!

    22:00 The incredible science behind kindness

    23:40 How being unkind can lead to “stuck” thinking

    29:30 How to manage your mind to train yourself to be more kind

    40:11 Tips on how to be more kind to yourself and others



    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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    • 47 min

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