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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 • 192 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

    Interview with Former Disney Channel Star Alyson Stoner on Mental Health Struggles, Overcoming an Eating Disorder & Battling Depression + the Dangers of Idolizing Fame

    Interview with Former Disney Channel Star Alyson Stoner on Mental Health Struggles, Overcoming an Eating Disorder & Battling Depression + the Dangers of Idolizing Fame

    Get a free Cleaning up your Mental Mess workbook when you sign up for my weekly newsletter at drleaf.com

    Early bird tickets on sale now for my 2021 Mental Health Retreat: https://www.drleafconference.com



    SHOW DESCRIPTION: In this podcast I speak with actress and former child star Alyson Stoner about what happens when stardom becomes too much to handle, why she became an advocate for children in the entertainment industry, the dangers of pressuring children from a young age, and how to help children manage stress and pressure.

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/former-disney-channel-star-speaks-about-mental-health-struggles-overcoming-an-eating-disorder-battling-depression



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    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    2:02 Alyson’s experiences as a child star

    3:06 How becoming famous affected Alyson’s development

    3:41 How Alyson uses her experiences to help children in the entertainment industry

    6:12, 9:05 How labels can help us AND hold us back

    10:00 Why we all go through mental health struggles

    11:16 Why Alyson started her advocacy work

    12:30 The dangers of de-humanizing people in the entertainment industry

    12:50 The “toddler to train wreck” pipeline

    18:44 The dangers of putting fame on a pedestal

    23:50 How stress affects everyone in different ways

    29:00 How to help children manage their mental health and life’s pressures

    37:00 How our experiences change our brain and body and affect our wellbeing

    40:00 Why we can’t always control events but we can learn to control our reactions

    43:25 The incredible resilience of the human mind



    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

    • 49 min
    A Neurocycle to improve low self-esteem & lack of confidence + how to find your identity again after a crisis or challenge

    A Neurocycle to improve low self-esteem & lack of confidence + how to find your identity again after a crisis or challenge

    Get a free Cleaning up your Mental Mess workbook when you sign up for my weekly newsletter at drleaf.com

    Early bird tickets on sale now for my 2021 Mental Health Retreat: https://www.drleafconference.com



    SHOW DESCRIPTION: In this podcast I talk about identity and its relationship to mental health, and how our environment shapes and impacts our individuality. I decided to do this episode in response to the many messages and emails I get from people who are struggling with low self-esteem—people who feel that their identity has been crushed or stolen by the challenges they have faced.

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/a-5-step-neurocycle-to-manage-low-self-esteem-how-to-find-your-identity-again-after-a-crisis-or-challenge



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    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    2:30 What is identity?

    6:10 How our environment can impact our identity

    7:20 Perfectionism and identity

    8:15 How our experiences can shape how we see ourselves and the world

    11:00 How an identity crisis can impact your mental wellbeing

    19:05 An enhancement versus a competitive mindset: which is better?

    21:00 How to manage envy and jealousy

    24:00 Signs of an identity crisis

    24:27 Identity and social media

    25:20 No one else can do what you can do—no one thinks, feels or chooses like you do

    28:30 Nature v. nurture

    28:50 What is your I-factor?

    44:25 Why identity is not a fixed thing—it is a process

    49:30 How to mind-manage an identity crisis and do an “identity check”





    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



    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


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Unwiring perfectionism + why we need to go from “stiff” thinking to flexible thinking and how this can help reduce anxiety & stress (with Poppy Jamie)

    Unwiring perfectionism + why we need to go from “stiff” thinking to flexible thinking and how this can help reduce anxiety & stress (with Poppy Jamie)

    Get a free Cleaning up your Mental Mess workbook when you sign up for my weekly newsletter at drleaf.com

    Early bird tickets on sale now for my 2021 Mental Health Retreat: https://www.drleafconference.com



    SHOW DESCRIPTION: In this podcast I speak with Poppy Jamie, founder of Happy Not Perfect, a popular podcast and meditation app for anxiety. We discuss everything from understanding anxiety and the importance of self-compassion to the link between mind, brain and body, how to own and manage panic attacks and anxiety, and how to unwire perfectionism once and for all! 

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/unwiring-perfectionism-how-flexible-thinking-can-help-reduce-anxiety-stress-with-poppy-jamie

    Get Poppy's book here: https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Not-Perfect-Challenge-Thoughts-ebook/dp/B089S7JGFH

    Follow her on Instagram: @poppyjamie



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    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    4:00, 35:00 The difference between flexible & stiff thinking

    11:40 Why we should never compare our traumas to other people’s mental health struggles

    13:30 The importance of acknowledging, not suppressing, how you feel

    14:50 Why you should give yourself permission to have a “recovery day/week/month” after small & big stressors

    15:42 The dangers of perfectionism

    16:30 Why Poppy wrote her book Happy Not Perfect

    17:00 Why Meditation doesn’t work for everyone

    20:50 The dangers of black & white thinking

    28:55 Why need to examine & challenge our core beliefs

    38:30 Why we should be changing!

    39:40 The importance of connection, curiosity, choice & commitment

    48:00 Choosing between fear & love





    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



    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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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Surprising reasons you may be anxious + How to use the 5 step Neurocycle to manage & reduce anxiety

    Surprising reasons you may be anxious + How to use the 5 step Neurocycle to manage & reduce anxiety

    Get a free Cleaning up your Mental Mess workbook when you sign up for my weekly newsletter at drleaf.com

    SHOW DESCRIPTION: In this podcast I talk all about anxiety, surprising reasons you may be anxious, some of my top tips to reduce anxiety, and how to use the 5 step Neurocycle to manage daily anxiety. 

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/surprising-reasons-you-may-be-anxious-how-to-use-the-neurocycle-to-manage-reduce-anxiety



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    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    1:30 Common anxiety issues many people face

    2:50, 5:25 Anxiety is a normal human response, not an incurable brain disease

    4:20 How unmanaged anxiety can affect our mental & physical health

    5:50 Anxiety as a description, not a label or identity

    6:15 Why we need to become thought detectives when we feel anxious

    6:30 Anxiety is a warning signal that we need to listen to

    7:35 How our experiences are built into our brain and body

    13:00, 21:00 How to use mind-management to deal with anxiety in the moment

    17:40 How to manage PTSD-related anxiety

    27:00 The cause of your anxiety is in your narrative, or what happened to you, not just in your brain

    27:40 How seeing your anxiety as a messenger gives you a sense of agency

    29:30 How to manage COVID-related anxiety



    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



    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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    • 59 min
    Healing depression & burnout with Michelle Williams + how to help a child struggling with depression

    Healing depression & burnout with Michelle Williams + how to help a child struggling with depression

    https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/healing-depression-burnout-with-michelle-williams-how-to-help-a-child-struggling-with-depression

    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

    Get a free Cleaning up your Mental Mess workbook when you sign up for my weekly newsletter at drleaf.com 



    SHOW DESCRIPTION: I speak to my dear friend and award-winning singer Michelle Williams about her new book Checking In, how she healed from intense depression, signs of depression, and how to help a child who is struggling with depression. 

    Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/healing-depression-burnout-with-michelle-williams-how-to-help-a-child-struggling-with-depression

    Get Michelle's book here: https://www.amazon.com/Checking-Getting-about-Depression-Life/dp/1400223334/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1622050624&sr=8-1



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    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    7:00 Why depression will look different for everyone

    9:40 How parenting styles can be passed down through generations and affect children’s mental health

    17:45 The importance of giving children affection without conditions

    20:00 The power of healthy, loving touch

    28:30 Why forgiveness helps you heal

    33:28 Michelle’s own mental health struggles

    36:40 Why we need to give ourselves permission to take the time to check in with ourselves

    39:22 Why depressed people can look successful and happy on the outside

    41:00 The danger of negative self-talk

    48:00 How Michelle manages her own mental health


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    • 1 hr
    Brain-building: the missing key to optimal mental health + why we don't talk about it often enough, how to brain-build correctly, and how tot make it a sustainable daily habit

    Brain-building: the missing key to optimal mental health + why we don't talk about it often enough, how to brain-build correctly, and how tot make it a sustainable daily 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 1 (833) 285 3747



    SHOW DESCRIPTION: Brain building is easy, effective and something everyone can and should be doing every day. It is one of the most powerful resilience-building mental health tools out there, and completely underappreciated in the wellness space. In this podcast I explain how to brain-build, and how to make it a daily habit. 

    Read show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/brain-building-the-missing-key-to-optimal-mental-health-why-we-dont-talk-about-it-often-enough-how-to-brain-build-correctly-how-to-make-it-a-sustainable-daily-habit



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    PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:

    2:38 Why brain building is one of the most powerful resilience-building mental healthcare tools we have

    3:18 Why I brain-build every single day

    4:10 The brain is in love with the mind and the mind is in love with the brain

    6:00 How brain building helps us detox our mind and build healthy habits

    6:30 How brain building strengthens the mind and brain

    11:13 What is brain building?

    13:50 How brain building can improve our mental and physical wellbeing

    17:15, 20:40 The brain is constantly changing, and when we use our mind well we can make sure these changes benefit us

    19:00 The brain is designed to learn and grow

    19:30 My research on brain building, and why brain building is hopeful

    20:45 What are memories?

    23:00, 47:00 Using brain building as a healthy distraction or break

    28:00 How to brain build

    37:50 Brain building and neurogenesis

    39:00 How brain building can improve sleep

    46:10 How brain building can help you cope when life gets stressful

    47:45 Brain building helps harness the power of neuroplasticity, and clean the mind and brain



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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
192 Ratings

192 Ratings

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Yay Dr Caroline Leaf and Dr Uma Naidoo.
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Great Podcast

Love this Podcast channel. So informative and very necessary during a time like this. One comment though - the host speaks very quickly and It can be slightly difficult to follow. Otherwise all great 🙌🏾

Ashpetz ,

A must listen!

I started listening to this podcast recently and it’s fast become my staple “must listen to” podcast. Interesting topics, well presented and very insightful.

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