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Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist, bestselling author, mental health and mind expert. Each week the Dr. Leaf Podcast focuses on topics related to mental health and discusses ways to help you deal with issues including anxiety, depression, shame, guilt, PTSD, and more. 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.

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. Each week the Dr. Leaf Podcast focuses on topics related to mental health and discusses ways to help you deal with issues including anxiety, depression, shame, guilt, PTSD, and more. 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.

    Episode #147: Why Everyone Should See a Therapist, How to Find One, and Options If Money and Location Is an Issue + Tips on how to deal with Racism with Therapist Dr. Joy Harden Bradford

    Episode #147: Why Everyone Should See a Therapist, How to Find One, and Options If Money and Location Is an Issue + Tips on how to deal with Racism with Therapist Dr. Joy Harden Bradford

    Therapy is something that many people are either ashamed about or joke about. Yet the need to speak to someone about what is going on in your life is neither shameful or funny. For many people, therapy is something that helps them deal with the vagaries of modern life, and may even be a matter of life or death.
    In this episode I speak with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed psychologist, world-renown speaker and host of the popular podcast Therapy for Black Girls on why we should all see someone, how to find the right therapist, how to get access if money and location is an issue, how to navigate the stigma of therapy, and more. Dr. Joy also shares some great tips on how to protect your mental health when faced with racism and discrimination. 
     
    Podcast Time Stamps
    -2:11 Why Dr. Joy chose therapy over teaching  
    -5:30 Why many people fear therapy 
    -12:02 Why therapy is about helping you, not helping the therapist 
    -14:21 We are all “crazy” 
    -16:04 How to find the perfect therapist 
    -20:05 What if you can’t afford a therapist?
    -21:31 Discrimination, racism and mental health 
    -27:43, 33:45 Dealing with toxic environments
    -31:57 Phobias 
    -40:30 Rejection 
    -44:00 Toxic energy and what to do about it
    -49:00 Wellness trends to be careful of 
     
     
    Read the full show blog and transcript:https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/why-everyone-should-see-a-therapist-how-to-find-a-good-match-and-options-if-money-and-location-is-an-issue-tips-on-managing-your-mental-health-when-dealing-with-racism-and-discrimination-with-therapist-dr-joy-harden-bradford
     
     
    For more info on Dr. Joy and to listen to her podcast visit: https://therapyforblackgirls.com
     
     
     
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    Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more free resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!)
     
     
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    -Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf      
     
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    • 53 min
    Episode #146: Why Having a Vision for Your Business Can Save You Hours of Stress and Anxiety + Tips on How to Craft an Effective and Sustainable Vision with Businessman Michael Hyatt

    Episode #146: Why Having a Vision for Your Business Can Save You Hours of Stress and Anxiety + Tips on How to Craft an Effective and Sustainable Vision with Businessman Michael Hyatt

    When it comes to success in life or business, we know we need to know what we want. But how do we go from a dream to real life? How does an aspiration become a success? In this podcast, I discuss the power of vision with best-selling author and successful businessman Michael Hyatt, and how vision precedes resources, directs alignment and execution, reduces unnecessary stress at work and at home, and leads to long-term success.
     
    Podcast Time Highlights
    2:18 How Michael became a leadership mentor
    4:25 What is the difference between an opportunity and a distraction?
    7:07 What do you do when you encounter resistance?
    10:00 What is a vision script?
    18:58 How to become a more effective leader
    27:05 The hustle fallacy
    31:19 How to create a vision script
    37:00 Why you need to give yourself permission to rest
    39:40 The value of play
    45:00 Don’t let your work become your identity
    47:55 Why vision is a process, not a statement
    55:15 How to talk to a boss/manager about mental health
     
    Read the full show blog and transcript: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/why-having-a-vision-for-your-business-can-save-you-hours-of-stress-and-anxiety-tips-on-how-to-craft-an-effective-and-sustainable-vision-for-your-life-and-business-with-michael-hyatt
     
    For more info on Michael: http://michaelhyatt.com
     
    To get Michael's new book: http://visiondrivenleader.com/drcaroline
     
    And follow him on social media: @michaelhyatt #visiondrivenleader
     
     
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    Get my new 21 day brain detox program here: https://theswitch.app
     
    Register now for my 2020 Mental Health Summit Dec 3-5 in Dallas, TX! Early bird sale ends 4/30: https://www.drleafconference.com
     
    Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more free resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!)
     
    Follow me on social media for daily mental self-care tips!  
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    -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! For podcast sponsorship inquiries, questions regarding the episode, or topic suggestions please email dominique@drleaf.com

    • 1 hr
    Episode #145: COVID-19 Ultimate Guide: Truths, misinformation, symptoms, possible vaccines, why social distancing, and more with epidemiologist Dr. Will Bulsiewicz

    Episode #145: COVID-19 Ultimate Guide: Truths, misinformation, symptoms, possible vaccines, why social distancing, and more with epidemiologist Dr. Will Bulsiewicz

    In this episode I interview epidemiologist and GI specialist Dr. Will Bulsiewicz on all things Coronavirus. Dr. Will debunks misinformation, shares some helpful tips on how to protect yourself, what to do if you think you have the virus, how we should be handling the situation, how to boost your immune system, what's the deal on finding a vaccine, and so much more! 
    Podcast Highlights:
    -4:22 Why knowledge is power
    -6:28 Where did this all begin?
    -7:40 Why is COVID-19 spreading so fast?
    -11:13 Why you can infect people even if you feel fine
    -12:27 Why this is different to the 2003 SARS epidemic 
    -13:23 What are the symptoms we need to look out for?
    -14:48 Flattening the curve 
    -16:30 Why social distancing is saving lives 
    -17:11 Our hospitals do not have enough resources 
    -19:43 Why are things so different in South Korea?
    -24:10 Why we need to test, test, test!
    -25:32 How is COVID-19 transmitted? 
    -27:38 Why everyone is talking about hand washing 
    -29:40 The best places to find information about COVID-19
    -30:56 Should we all be using masks?
    -32:52 Why we shouldn’t just rely on herd immunity
    -34:54 How close are we to a vaccine?
    -39:00 Why COVID-19 is not just like the flu 
    -42:40 Why you should act as if you carry COVID-19 
    -43:11 Why you can still get COVID-19 if you are young and don’t have a preexisting condition 
    -45:50 Children can get sick too
    -46:30 Possible treatments for COVID-19
    -50:38 How do we test for the virus?
    -52:00 If I think I have COVID-19, what should I do?
    -54:02 If you are feeling unwell at home, what can you do?
    -58:35 How to handle being quarantined at home with your family 
    -58:43 Will this go away when the weather gets warmer?
    -59:00 Advice to medical professionals working on the frontlines 
    -1:00:32 How panic affects our immune system 
    -1:02:10 How can you build your immune system?
    -1:03:05 The importance of gut health for immunity
     
    For more info on Dr. Will visit: https://theplantfedgut.com
     
    Dr. Will's instagram @theguthealthmd
     
     
    Pre-order his book Fiber Fueled
     
     
    Additional helpful reading: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/covid-19-truths-misinformation-symptoms-possible-vaccines-why-social-distancing-is-important-and-more-by-epidemiologist-dr-will-bulsiewicz
     
    For the most up-to-date info:
     
    WHO:www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019?_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJsZWFmLmplc3NpY2FAZ21haWwuY29tIiwgImtsX2NvbXBhbnlfaWQiOiAiS3FnSDlkIn0%3D
     
     
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    Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more free resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!)
     
     
     
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode #144: Parenting During the Pandemic + Tips on How to Help Your Children Deal with Changes in Routines, Missed Milestones, & Anxiety (Interview with Child Psychologist Dr. Rebecca Hershberg)

    Episode #144: Parenting During the Pandemic + Tips on How to Help Your Children Deal with Changes in Routines, Missed Milestones, & Anxiety (Interview with Child Psychologist Dr. Rebecca Hershberg)

    Many people around the world are currently stuck at home, which can be difficult under the best of circumstances. Yet what happens if you have young children? What happens when the schools are closed, you have to work and everyone is at home, frustrated, scared and uncertain as to how long this situation will last? In this week’s blog and podcast, I speak to child psychologist, parenting coach, author of The Tantrum Survival Guide: Tune In to Your Toddler's Mind (and Your Own) to Calm the Craziness and Make Family Fun Again, founder of Little House Calls and mother of two young boys Dr. Rebecca Schrag Hershberg on parenting during the pandemic, tips on how to help your children deal with changes in routines, missed milestones, anxiety and fear, and mental health strategies for parents. 
    Podcast Time Highlights
    -7:00 Why Rebecca loves children
    -9:30 Why we need to be the grown-ups in the room
    -11:18 How do we manage disrupted routines?
    -12:35 Discipline in context 
    -16:50 Should we still celebrate birthdays?
    -19:33 Play, Play, Play
    -22:35 How to keep your kids busy
    -28:20 How to teach your children coping strategies 
    -31:27 Should you answer coronavirus questions?
    -35:00 Why it is okay to say you don’t know
    -36:48 What to do when you need help too
    -38:17 How to speak to your children about finances 
    -42:42 How to protect your own mental health 
    -46:00 Rupture and repair: why we all fail
    -50:37 How to deal with regression and baby play
    -53:39 How to help your teenager 
     
    For more information on Dr. Rebecca visit: https://littlehousecalls.com/
    Get her book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1462529712
     
    Check out her blog: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/experts/rebecca-schrag-hershberg-phd
     
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    Additional reading: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/little-house-calls/202003/parenting-during-covid-19
     
     
    Read the full blog and podcast transcript here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/parenting-during-the-pandemic-tips-on-how-to-help-your-children-deal-with-changes-in-routines-missed-milestones-anxiety-and-fear-and-mental-health-strategies-for-parents-with-child-psychologist-and-parenting-coach-dr-rebecca-schrag-hershberg
     
     
     
     
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    Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more free resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!)
     
     
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    • 58 min
    Episode #143: Interview with Dr. David And Austin Perlmutter on Why We Make Poor Decisions + Tips to Overcome the Desire of Instant Gratification & Technology Addiction, and How to Clean Our Brains

    Episode #143: Interview with Dr. David And Austin Perlmutter on Why We Make Poor Decisions + Tips to Overcome the Desire of Instant Gratification & Technology Addiction, and How to Clean Our Brains

    We are surrounded by information, and many of us know what we need to do to be healthier, so why don’t we do it? Why is there such a disconnect between information and implementation? Can we learn to make better decisions? In this week’s blog and podcast, I discuss why we often make poor choices with doctors David and Austin Perlmutter, and how we can overcome the curse of instant gratification and technology addiction, detox our brains and live happier lives.
    Podcast Time Highlights
    -5:19 What is mental hijacking?
    -8:50 The disconnection syndrome
    -11:40 Why is empathy so important?
    -14:05 How do we take back control of our mind?
    -20:40 How instant gratification damages the brain
    -33:55 Inflammation and depressive thinking: is there a link?
    -41:10 Narcissism and the plague of tribalism 
    -54:25 How to work with family
    -59:00 How to raise successful, smart and healthy children
    -1:01:37 Current wellness trends: the good, the bad and the ugly
     
    Read the full episode transcript and blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/why-we-make-poor-decisions-tips-to-overcome-the-curse-of-instant-gratification-technology-addiction-and-how-to-detox-our-brains-with-dr-david-and-austin-perlmutter
     
    For more info on Dr. David and Andrew Perlmutter visit: https://www.drperlmutter.com/
    To order their book Brain Wash visit: https://brainwashbook.com/
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    https://www.instagram.com/davidperlmutter/
     
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    Additional resources:
    Get my new 21 day brain detox program here: https://theswitch.app
    Register now for my 2020 Mental Health Summit Dec 3-5 in Dallas, TX! Early bird sale ends 3/31: https://www.drleafconference.com
    Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more free resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!)
     
    Follow me on social media for daily mental self-care tips!
    -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! For podcast sponsorship inquiries, questions regarding the episode, or topic suggestions please email dominique@drleaf.com

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 142: Strategies to Manage Your Money and Reduce Financial Anxiety During This Crisis + Tips on How to Save, Budget, and Plan for a Recession and a Layoff with Chris Hogan

    Episode 142: Strategies to Manage Your Money and Reduce Financial Anxiety During This Crisis + Tips on How to Save, Budget, and Plan for a Recession and a Layoff with Chris Hogan

    Handling your finances can be challenging at the best of times, but what happens when you are in the midst of a pandemic? How do you keep your money safe when the world around you is in a state of flux? In this podcast, I speak with financial expert Chris Hogan on strategies to manage your finances and reduce money anxieties during this crisis, as well as helpful tips on how to save, budget, and plan for a recession or a layoff.
     
    Podcast Time Highlights
    -2:05 Is the economy being quarantined?
    -2:32 The stock market is a living thing
    -3:26 How to control the controllables
    -4:08 Are the banks safe? -5:06 401Ks and the investment rollercoaster
    -6:18 Why you shouldn’t have all your eggs in one basket
    -6:41 What can we do if there is a recession?
    -7:58 Why is everyone talking about interest rates?
    -8:57 Is there any hope for small business owners?
    -12:00 Debt is always a threat
    -15:12 How can I support small business owners?
    -16:14 What can you do if you have been laid off?
    -19:57 How do you deal with market volatility?
    -23:22 Should you refinance your mortgage?
    -25:18 Who can you trust when it comes to financial advice?
     
    Read the episode transcript and blog: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/strategies-to-manage-your-money-and-reduce-financial-anxiety-during-this-crisis-tips-on-how-to-save-budget-and-plan-for-a-recession-and-a-layoff
     
    For more info on Chris visit: https://www.chrishogan360.com
    Additional reading: https://www.daveramsey.com/blog/how-an-epidemic-can-affect-the-economy
     
     
    Additional resources:
    Get my new 21 day brain detox program here: https://theswitch.app
    Register now for my 2020 Mental Health Summit Dec 3-5 in Dallas, TX! Early bird sale ends 3/31: https://www.drleafconference.com
    With all the stress, anxiety, social distancing and isolation stemming from the coronavirus, the need to connect with each other is more critical than ever. Join our dedicated Facebook group to stay connected with others and share your challenges and best tips for dealing with our new normal: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1870578619744226/?ref=share
     
    WHO website: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen
    CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/cleaning-disinfection.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fcommunity%2Fhome%2Fcleaning-disinfection.html
     
    Visit my website at https://drleaf.com for more free resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!)
     
    Follow me on social media for daily mental self-care tips and 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! For podcast sponsorship inquiries, questions regarding the episode, or topic suggestions please email dominique@drleaf.com

    • 30 min

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