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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

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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

    Podcast 349: How self-boundaries can help improve self-esteem, overcome self-loathing, and rebuild identity after trauma

    Podcast 349: How self-boundaries can help improve self-esteem, overcome self-loathing, and rebuild identity after trauma

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    EPISODE DESCRIPTION: In this podcast you will get a chance to listen to the first session I did at my recent Mental Health Retreat in Dallas, Texas.

    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:

    🧠How to identify, set, and maintain healthy self-boundaries 

    🧠Different types of self-boundaries 

    🧠How to avoid common mistakes when setting self-boundaries 

    🧠How self-boundaries can help rebuild identity after trauma and during healing 

    🧠How self-boundaries can help restore balance in the brain + the neuroscience of boundaries 

    🧠A Neurocycle for rebuilding identity & overcoming self-loathing or low self-esteem 



    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



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    Get a free Cleaning up Your Mental Mess workbook when you subscribe to my weekly email at drleaf.com!



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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:

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    Podcast 348: The best mental health lessons from Ted Lasso

    Podcast 348: The best mental health lessons from Ted Lasso

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    EPISODE DESCRIPTION: In this podcast I discuss some of the best mental health lessons from my favorite new TV show Ted Lasso!

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/the-best-mental-health-lessons-from-ted-lasso



    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

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    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    2:38 Why I love the show Ted Lasso!

    10:00 Toxic versus healthy anger

    11:25 How the past can impact our present

    17:20 Why not all confrontation is bad

    17:35 Kindness does not mean enabling bad behavior

    18:40 Our choices can change how our experiences impact the brain, body & future

    21:28 The power of compassion & forgiveness

    26:30 True healing comes when we can seek out & receive help and love

    27:30 We are all connected & in relationship with each other!



    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


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    • 34 min
    Podcast 347: The unconventional guide to owning your worth, cultivating self-love, and stepping into your power

    Podcast 347: The unconventional guide to owning your worth, cultivating self-love, and stepping into your power

    Sign up to Patreon to get exclusive bonus content like ad-free podcasts (the most recent one on managing emotional reactivity levels is out now!), digital downloads (like my favorite brain-boosting recipes!), live Q&As with me and more: https://www.patreon.com/drcarolineleaf



    EPISODE DESCRIPTION: In this podcast I speak to bestselling author and founder of Girl Talk Sarah Pendrick about owning your worth, cultivating self-love, and so much more!

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/the-unconventional-guide-to-owning-your-worth-cultivating-self-love-stepping-into-your-power





    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

    US: 1 (833) 285 3747

    UK: +447908679035

    Canada: 18336032953

    Get a free Cleaning up Your Mental Mess workbook when you subscribe to my weekly email at drleaf.com!



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    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    6:40 How abuse can impact women

    10:45 The healing power of community

    11:20 Why Sarah started Girl Talk

    15:30 Why Sarah wrote her book Beautifully Brave

    17:00 The relationship between self-love & confidence

    17:25 How to become more confident

    18:20 The power of visualization & intention

    19:45 Why women supporting women is so important

    25:30 The power of positive networking

    26:40 The unique challenges that many women face

    32:00 Competing versus complementing others

    33:30 The science of confidence

    37:00 How to start trusting yourself & building your sense of self-love

    42:00 How to have better conversations

    45:00 How to manage criticism



    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


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    • 52 min
    Podcast 346: How to manage your mental health when a relationship changes or ends

    Podcast 346: How to manage your mental health when a relationship changes or ends

    Sign up to Patreon to get exclusive bonus content like ad-free podcasts (the most recent one on managing emotional reactivity levels is out now!), digital downloads (like my favorite brain-boosting recipes!), live Q&As with me and more: https://www.patreon.com/drcarolineleaf



    EPISODE DESCRIPTION: In this podcast I talk about how to manage your mental health when a relationship changes or ends.

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/relationships-ending



    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

    US: 1 (833) 285 3747

    UK: +447908679035

    Canada: 18336032953

    Get a free Cleaning up Your Mental Mess workbook when you subscribe to my weekly email at drleaf.com!



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    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    4:30 Why relationships change

    5:15 Some relationships are seasonal

    6:30, 18:25 Why it is okay when relationships change or end

    7:25, 18:00 Why we shouldn’t just blame ourselves if a relationship changes

    7:60 Why we need different kinds of relationships & how this impacts our mental health

    12:05 The difference between friendships & family relationships

    15:00 Why we all need a community

    17:22 Why a relationship may change or end

    18:00, 25:40 Tips for managing relationship changes in your life



    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


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    Podcast 345: A neuroscientific approach to setting sustainable & attainable new year resolutions

    Podcast 345: A neuroscientific approach to setting sustainable & attainable new year resolutions

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    EPISODE DESCRIPTION: In this podcast I talk about New Year’s resolutions, including the neuroscience of resolutions, how to think about and make New Year’s resolutions, and how to use resolutions to bring about sustainable change in your life.

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/a-neuroscientific-approach-to-setting-sustainable-attainable-new-year-resolutions

    *Correction to the audio: You will be able to do around 5-6, NOT 11, cycles a year to create a new habit

    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

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    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    3:47 What is a New Year’s resolution?

    5:00, 14:30 The neuroscience behind setting goals & resolutions

    10:00 Why you should celebrate your past achievements while making new goals & resolutions

    12:00, 41:20 Using mind management to work on your resolutions ever day

    22:00 Why all resolutions take time!

    32:00 The importance of making changes in 63 day cycles

    46:00 Why you should have a theme & mantra for the year



    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


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    • 52 min
    Podcast 344: The One Mind-Management Technique Required for Sustainable Healing

    Podcast 344: The One Mind-Management Technique Required for Sustainable Healing

    Sign up to Patreon to get exclusive bonus content like ad-free podcasts (the most recent one on managing emotional reactivity levels is out now!), digital downloads (like my favorite brain-boosting recipes!), live Q&As with me and more: https://www.patreon.com/drcarolineleaf



    EPISODE DESCRIPTION: In this week’s podcast I talk about the importance of self-awareness and how it is a key part of the healing process. Without awareness, we cannot change or move forward. To make changes in our thoughts and subsequent communication, we need to be strategic, proactive and deliberate about our thinking. We need to try to be aware of what we are thinking about every day. This is called self-regulation.

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/the-one-mind-management-technique-required-for-sustainable-healing

    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 

    US: 1 (833) 285 3747

    UK: +447908679035

    Canada: 18336032953



    Get a free Cleaning up Your Mental Mess workbook when you subscribe to my weekly email at drleaf.com!



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    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    2:25 Why self-awareness is so important

    4:10 Your past is not your destiny

    5:00 What it means to be aware of a thought

    5:50 The neuroscience of self-awareness

    7:50 The relationship between the conscious & nonconscious mind

    13:00 The nature of thoughts & self-awareness

    15:40 How to listen to what your mind, brain & body are telling you

    19:35 How your nonconscious mind tries to protect you

    22:30, 26:00 What to do after you become aware of an issue that is affecting your life



    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


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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.6K Ratings

2.6K Ratings

Niiiiinnnnnaaaaaa ,

Life changing!!

Dr. Leaf is so fantastic. She has allowed me to recognize that toxic behavior patterns are a result of a dysregulated mind and nervous system. She’s taught me that pain and emotions are SIGNALS!!! REVOLUTIONARY!! This idea is so simple but was so validating for me as I am highly sensitive and emotional. I now am able to see these subconscious patterns in my every day life to recognize the way I’ve been conditioned, my responses to childhood trauma and has inspired me to work every day to re-conceptualize them. She’s taught me so much, in a way that is comprehensible, and relatable. She makes me feel safe and doesn’t make me feel shameful and gives me hope to change these patterns. She’s changed my life, and she’s allowed me to see where these things come from within myself, and allowed me to recognize and separate myself from the behaviors of others. Her insight and intellect is gold, and this information is vital for the future of medicine. I am so grateful to you Dr. Leaf, I have been reading your most recent book and have been working on the neurocycle app. You’ve changed my life and allowed me to love every single part of myself, and accept that healing and changing neural networks takes time. I’m forever grateful to you!!! I had suffered from severe depression, anxiety, panic attacks, addiction, among many other things in regards to my mental health for many years. My healing journey has only been emphasized by your work. She’s taught me so much and given me hope. Here’s to our beautiful psychoneurobiology!!! I love you Dr. Leaf!! 🤍🧠 Also if I can add a segment that I would like to hear more of, it would be ADHD. I would like to hear about the neurobiology of it, symptoms and how I can better navigate my life with it. I’m certain both my parents have it but we’re never diagnosed. And I’m certain my siblings have it as well. Also some of my friends lol. It needs to be talked about more, and I would love to hear your take on it. Please and thank you! :)

Happy2bemeandbehome ,

Huge fan of Dr Leaf but not of the ads

I have been a supporter of Dr. Leaf for many years. What she teaches has changed my life. I am so thankful that I found her years ago. However, I find myself no longer listening to her (or watching her YouTube videos) due to all the ads and monetizing. I am all for selling one’s own products or that which supports the beliefs and teachings of the podcaster. But random commercials are annoying.

aaajajahahahahahgh ,

Too many ads

Looks like it’s more for money than for helping people.

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