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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
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Racial prejudice doesn't just hurt the person who is victimized by it, it also impacts the person who inflicts the pain, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Toxic, biased mindsets are real things: they are built into the structures of brain, affecting how we see and interact with the world, which can affect our mental and physical health. Thankfully, we can rewire these mindsets and start changing the way we live, and the way we participate in society. But that's only if we are willing to put in the work to do so. Unwiring prejudice and racial bias from our brains and societies begins with deep, honest conversations, and I hope that this discussion with my two wonderful sons-in-law will impact you as much as it did me.  In this episode we discuss what it is like to be a black man in America, why we are talking about black lives matter and what does it really mean, police brutality and what we can do to change the system, how racism affects our mental health, dealing with trauma, what is going on with the current protests, what is privilege, racism in the church, how to empathize with people whose experiences are different to ours, and some things we can start doing now to end systematic racial bias and its effects.  I hope you will watch or listen with an open mind and an open heart. We are not trying to deny anyone's experiences, judge anyone or silence anyone. We are just trying to focus on what we can do to change something that has gone on way too long, at too great a cost.   Read Jay's blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/can-i-switch-off-my-brain-being-black-in-america-is-tiring-even-during-a-pandemic?_ke=   Read Eli's blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/how-money-fuels-police-brutality-against-people-of-color-and-how-we-can-fight-back?_ke=   Read a personal letter from me here:  https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/a-personal-letter-from-me?_ke=  Additional stories and blogs worth reading: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news Where you can donate today:   -Equal Justice Initiative: https://eji.org/?_ke  -Minnesota Freedom Fund: https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/?_ke=  -George Floyd Memorial Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd?_ke=  -Campaign Zero: https://www.joincampaignzero.org/?_ke=  -Reclaim the Block: https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home?_ke=  --NAACP: https://www.naacp.org  Additional mental health resources and counseling options:  - Free therapy for communities of color Text NOSTIGMA to 707070   -BetterHelp online therapy: https://trybetterhelp.com/drleaf -Inclusive Therapists: https://www.inclusivetherapists.com/?_ke=  -Alyssa Marie Wellness: https://www.alyssamariewellness.com/?_ke=  -Full Circle Therapy Services: https://www.fullcircletherapyservices.com  -Crisis text hotline: Text SHARE to 741741 for free, fast, and confidential crisis counseling -Melanin And Mental Health: -https://www.melaninandmentalhealth.com/?_ke Additional reading materials:   -https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/29/books/review/antiracist-reading-list-ibram-x-kendi.html  -https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2020/jun/03/do-the-work-an-anti-racist-reading-list-layla-f-saad Helpful podcasts to listen to: https://www.elle.com/culture/movies-tv/g32732684/anti-racism-podcasts/ This episode was made possible by our sponsor Feals CBD (the best CBD out there!): To get 50% off your Feals CBD order and free shipping see https://feals.com/drleaf.  Have questions about CBD? Feals has a free hotline and text message support to help guide your personal experience! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Sign up to get free weekly mental health tips & techniques from me texted to you! Just text DRLEAF to 80519 (only available at this time for U.S numbers)   Right now, we are all dealing with a lot. The world is topsy-turvy, and life just seems so…out of whack. But what do you do if you are dealing with all this, and you are stick at home or in quarantine with someone who drives you nuts at the best of times? In this week’s blog and podcast, I speak with bestselling author, speaker and clinical psychologist Dr. Henry Cloud about setting boundaries during quarantine, dealing with difficult people during the COVID-19 crisis, how to help others without enabling them and how not to feel guilty for saying no.      Special offers from our sponsors:   -Blinkist (my favorite reading app): To get your free week on Blinkist AND 25% off your subscription see: https://www.blinkist.com/nc/partners/cleaning-up-the-mental-mess    -BLUblox (the best glasses to reduce your exposure to harmful blue and green light): To get 15% off your BLUblox glasses use the code LEAF15 at checkout: https://BLUblox.com     Podcast Time Stamps  -2:50 Dr. Cloud’s work as a clinical psychologist  -7:00 Time and space as natural boundaries, and how to enforce these during quarantine -11:30 Why ‘no’ is a complete sentence, and why you don’t need to justify your boundaries with people that push the limits 18:00 How love builds up a protective barrier around your mind  -31:15 How to stand firm and take ownership of your own fear and actions when faced with a difficult person    Read the full podcast blog and transcript here:  https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/how-to-set-boundaries-during-quarantine-and-the-current-crisis-with-dr-henry-cloud-how-to-deal-with-the-guilt-that-may-come-from-setting-boundaries For more info on Dr. Henry Cloud and to get his books visit: https://www.drcloud.com   Additional Resources:   -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just look for Switch on Your Brain in the App Store or Google Play or visit: https://theswitch.app   -Get any of my books, DVDs, and workbooks for less 25% with code DRLEAF at checkout: https://drleaf.com/collections/all   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 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Join my text group for more tips, notifications of sales, and more! Just text DRLEAF to 80519 (only available at this time for U.S numbers) Episode description:  Mental health is a hot topic these days, especially considering the current COVID-19 pandemic, and the enforced social separation and isolation many of us have experienced over the past several months. Even though things are starting to open in many places, we all are facing a world which is dramatically different to the one we knew before the pandemic—so many things are uncertain, which only exacerbates our collective mental distress. Thankfully, as I discuss in this week’s blog and podcast with world-renowned psychiatrist, brain specialist and best-selling author Dr. Daniel Amen, there are ways we can take our mental and brain health into our own hands! The human brain is remarkably resilient: over time we can heal our minds and find freedom, purpose and renewal in an imperfect world. Special offers from our sponsors:  -Ritual (my favorite multivitamins): To get 10% off your first three months of Ritual multivitamins see: https://ritual.com/drleaf   -BetterHelp (the best online counseling app): To get 10% off ​BetterHelp counseling during your first month see: https://trybetterhelp.com/drleaf   -SEED (my favorite probiotic!): Visit https://seed.com and use code MENTALMESS for 15% off your first month of the Daily Synbiotic Podcast Time Stamps  -3:06 How the Vietnam War inspire Dr. Amen’s love for medicine  -7:30 ADHD: a story of how one boy overcame his symptoms, and how psychiatry has changed over human history  -17:25 Why we need to start changing the current mental health narrative  -24:43 What to do to have a healthy brain and love your life  -38:10 Why you need to spend time building your brain every day  -40:11 Head trauma, brain injuries and mental health  -46:27 The best habit for a healthy brain Read the full blog and transcript here:    For more info on Dr. Amen and to get his books visit: https://www.amenclinics.com/ Additional Resources:   -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just look for Switch on Your Brain in the App Store or Google Play or visit: https://theswitch.app  -Get any of my books, DVDs, and workbooks for less 25% with code DRLEAF at checkout: https://drleaf.com/collections/all    -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! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
We all know that our hormones are important, but did you know that they can impact our mood and mental health as well? In this podcast, I spoke to Dr. Anna Cabeca, an OB-GYN, bestselling author and hormone expert, about the neuroendocrine system, how our hormones affect our mood and mental wellbeing, how the keto diet boosts brain energy and can help us lose weight and what our urine says about our stress levels.    Dr. Anna’s desire to help others was inspired by her own life story. After the traumatic death of her young son, Anna’s health started declining as she went through PTSD-induced early menopause. Even though she was a highly-qualified doctor who trained at one of the best schools in the country, she was at a loss: nothing was working, so she went around the world looking for answers.    During her healing journey, Dr. Anna began to realize the importance of lifestyle choices and habits, and the impact they have on our hormonal health and mental and physical wellbeing. She recognized the importance of a holistic mind and body approach to health, and now teaches others how they too can heal and live their best lives!   This podcast was made possible by our sponsor Kettle & Fire- my all time favorite bone broth company! To get 15% off your Kettle & Fire bone broth order see: Kettleandfire.com/drleaf or use code DRLEAF at checkout.        Podcast Time Stamps 4:20 Why Dr. Anna has always loved medicine, and how her own struggles inspired her to help others 8:20 The Hormone Fix, and how to deal with negative effects of perimenopause and menopause 13:31 Hormones and mental health: how are they connected and what you can do about it 20:09 Cortisol: the good, the bad and the ugly 22:01 Insulin resistance, hormonal imbalance and weight gain 32:22 What your urine pH says about your stress levels    36:07 What are bioidentical hormones and why are they important? 42:20 Is the keto diet good for our hormones?   Read the full show blog and transcript here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/is-a-hormonal-imbalance-making-you-moody-anxious-and-overweight-the-hormonal-problem-and-solution-with-dr-anna-cabeca-ob-gyn-and-hormone-expert     For more info on Dr. Anna and to get her books visit: https://drannacabeca.com     Additional Resources:   -Join my text group for more tips, notifications of sales, and more! Just text DRLEAF to 80519   -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just look for Switch on Your Brain in the App Store or Google Play or visit: https://theswitch.app   -Get any of my books, DVDs, and workbooks for less 25% with code DRLEAF at checkout: https://drleaf.com/collections/all   -Register now for my 2020 Mental Health Summit Dec 3-5 in Dallas, TX! Early bird sale ends 5/30: 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!   -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 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Join my text group for more tips, notifications of sales, and more! Just text DRLEAF to 80519     Fighting injustice and fighting for what you believe often sounds exciting, but it can come at a great cost. Yet the cost of being inauthentic, of denying who you are and what you believe in, is often greater, and can keep you in bondage, as I discuss in this week’s blog and podcast with speaker, NY Times best-selling author and top podcast host Jen Hatmaker. As Jen discusses in her amazing new book Fierce, Free and Full of Fire: The Guide to Being Gloriously You, even though standing up for what you believe is right and embracing who you are and what you want in life can be challenging, the struggle is worth it. On the other side you will find beauty, fulfillment and true freedom.     This week's podcast is made possible by our sponsor BiOptimizers (my favorite supplement company)! BiOptimizers is giving away a FREE bottle of their patented proteolytic probiotic P3-OM until the end of this month. Go to www.p3om.com/leaffree. You will automatically get access to your unique coupon code to claim your free bottle. This is limited to one per household and this offer is only available at www.p3om.com/leaffree!     Podcast Time Stamps: 3:40 Why Jen believes women need to be free, and why we need to get over the “angry feminist” caricature 7:50 It is on us as women to say NO: we need to believe that we have agency and authority over our own lives 12:50 Why the patriarchy does a deep disservice to every man 13:50 How to discover the real you, and how this will help you find freedom! 17:28 How to deal with fear, pain and shame 23:00 Why you will know when you are not okay, and how you will feel your lack of peace in your body, in your mind, and in your life 26:29 We don’t need to be afraid of the truth, even hard truths 28:50 Jen’s story, and why belonging, success, and authority were not enough 31:39 How Jen dealt with the backlash, and why freedom is its own reward 36:38 How to be fierce, free and full of fire   For more info on Jen and to get her amazing new book visit: https://jenhatmaker.com   Read the show blog and transcript: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/how-to-protect-your-mental-health-when-fighting-injustices-and-standing-up-against-the-boy-s-club-tips-on-how-to-deal-with-the-loss-of-a-tribe-and-stability-with-jen-hatmaker       Additional Resources: -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just look for Switch on Your Brain in the App Store or Google Play or visit: https://theswitch.app   -Get any of my books, DVDs, and workbooks for less 25% with code DRLEAF at checkout: https://drleaf.com/collections/all   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 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Learning can be challenging, but did you know it can also be fun and empowering, taking you places you have never been before and helping you achieve your goals and dreams? In this podcast, I spoke with master brain coach, top podcast host and NY Times bestselling author Jim Kwik about how learning how to learn is one of the best things we can do for our mental and brain health, why our ability to use knowledge is our superpower, and how the brain is truly limitless, allowing us to be as intelligent as we want to be!   As a child, Jim suffered from several traumatic brain injuries, when affected his ability to perform in school. Eventually, his desperation led to his inspiration: Jim set out to understand how the brain and memory work, and how to learn how to learn. As he notes, this is something that is not often taught in schools, where we are given lots of knowledge to learn, but are not taught how to make the most of this knowledge. Indeed, many of us incorrectly assume that intelligence is something that we are either born with or not, that it is a “fixed” thing, and that is why some people do well and others fail.    Yet, as Jim has shown in his own life, which he describes in his incredible book Limitless: Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster, and Unlock Your Exceptional Life, he went from being the “boy with the broken brain” to a world-renowned memory champion and brain coach who has developed a reliable and scientifically sound set of tools to enhance memory formation and learning. He now teaches his techniques to others with astonishing results, and is an in-demand speaker, a brain coach for celebrities and CEOs, the head of a large online learning program, and the host of a podcast with tens of millions of listeners!   Special offers from our show sponsors:   -Thrive Market (the best site for healthy, organic and affordable groceries and beauty products!): Join today and you’ll get up to twenty dollars in shopping credit toward your first order at thrivemarket.com/drleaf.      -BLUblox (the best glasses to reduce your exposure to harmful blue and green light!): To get 15% off your BLUblox glasses use the code LEAF15 at checkout: https://www.blublox.com     Podcast Time Stamps 2:48 How Jim’s inspiration was his desperation, and what he did to overcome his traumatic brain injuries  12:00 Why intelligence is not fixed 16:00 The 7 main lies we believe about the brain, and how to overcome them  24:32 The question is not how smart you are, but how are you smart? 28:10 Why our mistakes are not our failures 36:00 Genius is built, not born, and why intelligence takes hard work, determination and practice 39:00 The power of mindsets, motivation and methods, and how they can make you limitless 59:04 The fun ancient Greek memorization technique that can help you remember anything!   Read the show blog and transcript here:https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/how-to-learn-faster-memorize-anything-and-upgrade-your-brain-to-become-limitless-with-top-brain-coach-jim-kwik     For more info on Jim and to get his book visit: LimitlessBook.com   And follow Jim on social media: @JimKwik and FB is @JimKwikOfficial      Additional Resources:   -Join my text group for more tips, notifications of sales, and more! Just text DRLEAF to 80519   -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just look for Switch on Your Brain in the App Store or Google Play or visit: https://theswitch.app   -Get any of my books, DVDs, and workbooks for less 25% with code DRLEAF at checkout: https://drleaf.com/collections/all   -Register now for my 2020 Mental Health Summit Dec 3-5 in Dallas, TX! Early bird sale ends 5/30: 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 eve --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
We all know fiber is good for us, but did you also know that it can help with your mental health? In this week’s blog and podcast, I speak with GI specialist and epidemiologist Dr. Will Bulsiewicz about how a high-fiber diet can help boost mental and brain health, heal food sensitivities and reduce inflammation in the brain and body!   In his amazing new book, Fiber Fueled: The Plant-Based Gut Health Program for Losing Weight, Restoring Your Health, and Optimizing Your Microbiome, Dr. B notes how even though he was very successful as a medical doctor, his processed food diet was making him miserable, tired and anxious. When he met his wife, he began to understand how real, healthy whole foods could transform his life, which led him on the path he is on today: meeting people where they are in their journey and helping them live their best and healthiest lives. As Dr. B points out, although the current healthcare system is really good at treating acute illnesses, it falls short when it comes to preventative medicine and chronic health issues.   Indeed, as a medical doctor with multiple qualifications, he was taught little about the impact lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise could impact our mental and physical health! Thankfully, times are changing, especially as more and more research is being published on the importance of our lifestyle choices. We now know that pills and procedures are not everything; around 20% of diseases are genetic, which means 80% are related to our diet and lifestyle. This is great news! It means that our health is largely in our hands, which very empowering.     Podcast Time Stamps: 6:25 What transformed Dr. B’s life, and why he loves helping people regain their health and live their best life 18:02 What is the difference between disease prevention and disease management? 24:29 The gut-brain connection, and why your gut should be your brain’s best friend 30:22 The gut is an endocrine organ, as much as the ovaries and testes are 30:50 The gut produces post-biotics, which happens when you combine prebiotics and probiotics 37:00 What is the one golden rule when it comes to eating? 43:50 Is meat okay to eat? 48:22 Food sensitivities and what you can do about them 55:00 How fiber-rich diets can prevent heart disease 57:20 Why diet is not everything 1:00:00 Current health trends to be excited about and health trends to avoid 1:02:02 What if you live in a food desert?     For more info on Dr. Will and to get his new book visit: https://theplantfedgut.com     And follow him on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theguthealthmd/   Read the full episode blog and transcript here:https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/how-fiber-can-improve-your-mental-and-brain-health-tips-on-boosting-gut-health-and-overcoming-food-sensitivities-with-gi-specialist-dr-will-bulsiewicz         This episode was made possible by the following sponsors:   -Blinkist (my favorite reading app): To get your free week on Blinkist AND 25% off your subscription see: https://www.blinkist.com/nc/partners/cleaning-up-the-mental-mess     -NOOM (the best healthy habit company): For your NOOM special offer see: https://noom.com/drleaf     Additional Resources:   -Join my text group for more tips, notifications of sales, and more! Just text DRLEAF to 80519   -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just look for Switch on Your Brain in the App Store or Google Play or visit: https://theswitch.app   -Get any of my books, DVDs, and workbooks for less 25% with code DRLEAF at checkout: https://drleaf.com/collections/all   -Register now for my 2020 Mental Health Summit Dec 3-5 in Dallas, TX! Early bird sale ends 5/30: 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 m --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Science is science, right? Unfortunately, this is not always the case, especially when it comes to women’s health. Our understanding of the human brain and body has been clouded by years of gender bias—for decades many scientists and doctors have assumed that men and women are really the same, except for the bits and bobs that can be covered by a bikini. Yet, as this podcast guest and renowned researcher Dr. Lisa Mosconi points out, this kind of “bikini science” has dramatic implications for women’s mental and physical health that go beyond our reproductive organs, affecting every part of the brain and body.    Dr. Lisa Mosconi, PhD, is the Director of the Women’s Brain Initiative and Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC)/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where she serves as an Associate Professor of Neuroscience in Neurology and Radiology. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the Department of Psychiatry at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, and at the Department of Nutrition at NYU Steinhardt School of Nutrition and Public Health. Dr. Mosconi holds a PhD degree in Neuroscience and Nuclear Medicine, and is a certified Integrative Nutritionist and holistic healthcare practitioner. Her expertise lies in examining the way gender impacts the health of the brain and body, and in overcoming the massive gender gap in the world of medicine. As she describes in her amazing book, The XX Brain, since the time of Darwin there was a long-held assumption that women’s brains are inferior because they are smaller, but women are generally smaller than men, which was not taken into account for decades, and still persists subconsciously in many areas of medicine and neuroscience.   Podcast Time Stamps 3:10 Why Lisa wanted to be a scientist and study the human mind and brain 9:22 Why Alzheimer’s is not just a result of genetic mutations and old age 12:12 The difference between early onset and late onset dementia 14:56 Why you should be careful of taking genetic tests like 23 & me 21:26 Why most research is done on men and the disaster at the heart of medicine 32:54 The communication between the female brain and the female reproductive system, and why our hormones are crucial for brain health 40:11 The brain in middle-aged women, and how menopause can contribute to cognitive decline 47:25 How you as a woman can take back your health and prevent memory loss! 59:00 How chronic stress impacts our hormones and brain health 1:07:25 The power of the X gene, and why women have more genes than men   For more info on Dr. Lisa Mosconi and to get her book visit: https://www.lisamosconi.com   Read the show blog and transcript here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/why-is-depression-anxiety-and-alzheimer-s-more-common-in-women-how-to-protect-women-s-brains-from-aging-and-disease-with-dr-lisa-mosconi     This podcast was made possible by our sponsor ThirdLove:  Comfortable bras are so hard to find, which is why I am a big fan of ThirdLove! They are a company dedicated to helping women around the world look great and feel confident in their bodies, and have donated over $18 million worth of bras to women around the world! To get 15% off your ThirdLove order see: thirdlove/drleaf     Additional Resources:   -Join my text group for more tips, notifications of sales, and more! Just text DRLEAF to 80519   -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just look for Switch on Your Brain in the App Store or Google Play or visit: https://theswitch.app   -Get any of my books, DVDs, and workbooks for less 25% with code DRLEAF at checkout: https://drleaf.com/collections/all   -Register now for my 2020 Mental Health Summit Dec 3-5 in Dallas, TX! Early bird sale ends 5/30: 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 week --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
For many of us, trauma is something with a capital “T”, a big event or situation, such as a car accident or pandemic, that impacts us in dramatic and unforeseen ways. Yet, as I discuss in this week’s blog and podcast with licensed clinical social worker and therapist Alyssa Mancao, trauma with a lowercase “t” is something many people have to deal with on a daily basis. This kind of trauma, institutional or otherwise, is often normalised and suppressed, which can have a lasting impact on someone’s mental and physical health, compelling them to fight for survival in the face of persistent stressors in their environment.  Thankfully, as Alyssa has seen in her social work and her private practice, many people, given the right help, can and do recover from trauma and learn how to reconnect to themselves and their communities in deep and meaningful ways. How? Alyssa focuses on bringing back the human element in therapy, going beyond evidence-based practices and focusing on the individual’s unique story and experiences. She recognizes that many of the people she works with are dealing with little traumas like bullying and failed relationships on a daily basis, and that their mental and physical symptoms are a function of survival.    Podcast Time Stamps 4:15 How Alyssa’s clients gave her hope, and the power of human resilience  5:46 What Alyssa thinks about evidence-based therapy and why she started her own therapy practice 9:33 The difference between little traumas and big Trauma 14:41 What is EMDR therapy and can it help you? 25:33 What is the “inner child” and how do you heal childhood wounds? 33:29 Should we forgive those who have hurt us? 36:15 Why being told you are a sinner is bad for your mental health 37:48 The difference between shame and guilt, and how to overcome them 41:55 When is it time to end a friendship? 49:00 You have everything you need in you to heal yourself!   Read the podcast blog and transcript here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/how-to-heal-from-trauma-signs-of-secondary-trauma-and-how-emdr-can-help-with-trauma-recovery-and-ptsd-with-therapist-and-trauma-expert-alyssa-mancao   For more info on Alyssa and to contact here visit her website: www.alyssamariewellness.com   And follow her on social media:  https://www.instagram.com/alyssamariewellness/     https://www.facebook.com/alyssamariewellness       Link to find an EMDR therapist: http://www.emdr.com/SEARCH/index.php         This episode was made possible by the following sponsors:       -Feals CBD (the best CBD out there!): To get 50% off your Feals CBD order and free shipping see https://feals.com/drleaf. Have questions about CBD? Feals has a free hotline and text message support to help guide your personal experience!     -BiOptimizers (my favorite supplement company): BiOptimizers is giving away a free bottle of their patented proteolytic probiotic P3-OM until the end of this month. Go to www.p3om.com/leaffree. You will automatically get access to your unique coupon code to claim your free bottle. This is limited to one per household and this offer is only available at www.p3om.com/leaffree!          Additional Resources:   -Join my text group for more tips, notifications of sales, and more! Just text DRLEAF to 80519       -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just look for Switch on Your Brain in the App Store or Google Play or visit: https://theswitch.app       -Get any of my books, DVDs, and workbooks for less 25% with code DRLEAF at checkout: https://drleaf.com/collections/all       -Register now for my 2020 Mental Health Summit Dec 3-5 in Dallas, TX! Early bird sale ends 5/30: 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 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
We know that our gut affects our mental health, but did you know that the fungi in our gut is especially important when it comes to our mental and physical wellbeing? In this podcast, I discuss how to identify fungal issues in the gut, how gut fungi can affect our mood and mental health, and simple changes we can all make to heal the gut microbiome with Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum.  Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum is one of the world’s leading microbiome researchers and the scientist who named the mycobiome, our body’s fungal community. He lectures at many institutions globally, including the National Institutes of Health, on the microbiome and his breakthrough research on probiotics. He’s published over 400 papers on his research and has been cited over 20,000 times by other scientists!    This episode is made possible by our sponsors: Kettle & Fire (the most delicious bone broths): To get 15% off your Kettle & Fire bone broth order see: Kettleandfire.com/drleaf or use code DRLEAF at checkout.​   KiwiCo (the best way to keep your children busy): Get YOUR FIRST MONTH FREE on select crates at kiwico.com/DRLEAF.       Podcast Time Stamps 4:30 How Dr. Ghannoum became the first scientist to name the mycobiome, our body’s fungal community 5:48 The difference between the gut microbiome and the mycobiome 9:00 Why we shouldn’t be afraid of fungus! 11:20 The gut is a mini-world: there are bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and so much more living in our tummies, which is what we need to take a big-picture approach to gut health 12:07 How is fungi different to bacteria? 19:19 How the fungi in our gut can affect our mental health and contribute to neurological diseases like autism  25:05 The gut-brain axis  31:21 What measures we can take to heal the mycobiome and the gut-brain connection 34:40 How do you know if you have a gut imbalance?   39:30 Why we need to change our lifestyle, not just our diet! 42:15 Why moderation is the most important way to eat food 45:18 How the mycobiome diet is different to other diets   51:32 Should we be taking prebiotics and probiotics? 54:27 Medications that affect our microbiome 56:42 Current health and wellness trends   Read the podcast blog and transcript here:https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/how-the-fungi-in-your-gut-can-affect-your-mental-health-simple-tips-on-how-to-heal-your-gut-microbiome-with-dr-ghannoum     For more info on Dr. Ghannoum and to get his book visit: https://drmicrobiome.com/ Follow him on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/dr.microbiome/         Additional Resources: -Join my text group for more tips, notifications of sales, and more! Just text DRLEAF to 80519   -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just look for Switch on Your Brain in the App Store or Google Play or visit: https://theswitch.app   -Get any of my books, DVDs, and workbooks for less 25% with code DRLEAF at checkout: https://drleaf.com/collections/all   -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! -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 top --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Harvard professor David Sinclair believes that not only can we slow aging down, we can actually reverse it. In this episode, David Sinclair explains the three levels of aging, and what can be done on each level. He describes the lifestyle changes that slow aging down, the drug treatments that begin to stop aging, and experimental new procedures that may actually reverse aging once they are fully developed. David, who has spent decades researching longevity and ageing notes how 80% of how we age is up to us. Although many of us view ageing means a decline in function over time leading to disease and death, we don’t just have to accept that as we get old we will get sick!    Podcast Time Stamps 1:50 Why David does what he does  3:54 Is aging a disease? And what can we do about this? 8:13 Why 80% of health in old age is up to you 10:13 How we can change our epigenome 23:07 How David’s father uses his son’s research 26:00 The current pandemic 36:20 Covid-19 treatments​ 39:20: How David overcame major life setbacks​ like rejection and homelessness!    To connect with David and get his book visit: https://lifespanbook.com/ Read the episode blog and show notes: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/how-to-influence-and-control-your-genetic-expression-why-we-age-and-how-to-reverse-the-process-interview-with-harvard-researcher-david-sinclair   This episode is made possible by our sponsors: -Blinkist (my favorite reading app and perfect for distracting you while you work out!): To get your free week on Blinkist AND 25% off your subscription see: https://www.blinkist.com/nc/partners/cleaning-up-the-mental-mess   -Rothys (my new favorite shoe company and they make great gifts!): Check out all the amazing Rothys styles available right now at: https://Rothys.com/drleaf   -Ritual (my favorite multivitamins!): To get 10% off your first three months of Ritual multivitamins see: https://ritual.com/drleaf   Additional Resources:   -Join my text group for more tips, notifications of sales, and more! Just text DRLEAF to 80519     -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just look for Switch on Your Brain in the App Store or Google Play or visit: https://theswitch.app     -Get any of my books, DVDs, and workbooks for less 25% with code DRLEAF at checkout: https://drleaf.com/collections/all     -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! -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 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Yes, we are in the midst of a global crisis. For many people, life is incredibly challenging right now. It is easy to lose hope, and fear what will happen in the future. But did you know that you can also use this time to grow as a person, learn how to make the most of living in the moment and discover the opportunities that present themselves?  It is often the case in life that something good is birthed out of something bad. Crises can be watershed moments, compelling us to get out of our comfort zone, teaching us to embrace our fears and helping us make the most of living in the moment, as I discuss in this podcast with leadership expert and best-selling author John Maxwell. Even though events like the current COVID-19 pandemic can disrupt our schedules and plans, we can still find clarity in the present, and make the most of the only time we know we have: right now.    Podcast Time Stamps 7:29 Why leaders have to lead differently in times of crisis 9:00 The power of living in the moment  14:10 The scientific value of living in the moment 16:30 If we prepare today, we don’t have to repair tomorrow 21:00 How to use fear to your advantage  29:22 The cycle of success 42:29 Uncertainty as an opportunity  46:30 The secret power of creativity   Read the podcast blog and transcript here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/interview-with-john-maxwell-on-the-neuroscience-of-leadership-tips-on-how-to-lead-during-a-crisis-and-why-we-need-to-fail-more   Fore more info on John and to get his books visit: www.johnmaxwell.com www.johnmaxwellleadershippodcast.com   And follow John on social media: JohnCMaxwell – Twitter johncmaxwell – Instagram JohnCMaxwell – Facebook     Additional Resources:   -Join my text group for more tips, notifications of sales, and more! Just text DRLEAF to 80519   -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just look for Switch on Your Brain in the App Store or Google Play or visit: https://theswitch.app   -Get any of my books, DVDs, and workbooks for less 25% with code DRLEAF at checkout: https://drleaf.com/collections/all   -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! -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 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
I am sure you have seen the joke floating around social media about “finishing” Netflix. Truth is, many people suddenly have a lot more time on their hands, and are not quite sure what to do or how to make their most of their self-quarantine. While I am not supportive of making this pandemic a productivity contest, I do believe there are ways we can use our timely wisely which will help reduce anxiety and stress! It's vital to remember that productivity does not determine your worth BUT it is helpful to know how to do productivity well so it becomes a good habit.  In this podcast, I talk about how to make staying at home more productive, how to get more things done in less time, and how to organize your commitments and make the most of your life with world-renown productivity expert David Allen.   This episode was recorded before the crisis and quarantine but the lessons and tips are so relevant for now.  Podcast Time Stamps 2:38 How David stays on top of his game 6:15 What is the greatest barrier to productivity? 8:45 How to get things done 16:30 How to stop being a victim 19:00 The most productive people are the people with the “emptiest” heads.  20:25 The Truth About Procrastination 24:41 How to be more creative and innovative 26:16 5 steps to getting things done  29:00 How do we balance our schedules? 38:00 Capture those ideas! 40:05 Why we need to chill    For more info on David visit his website: www.gettingthingsdone.com And follow him on social media:  Twitter: gtdguy Instagram: dallen45   Read the full blog on this episode: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/how-to-hack-your-mind-to-be-more-productive-during-quarantine-tips-on-how-to-get-more-things-done-in-less-time-with-productivity-expert-david-allen   Special offers from our sponsors: -Kettle & Fire (the most delicious bone broths): To get 15% off your Kettle & Fire bone broth order see: Kettleandfire.com/drleaf or use code DRLEAF at checkout.    -BiOptimizers (my favorite supplement company) P3-OM Probiotics Special Offer: Get 10% off from the normal package price with coupon code DRLEAF10: http://www.p3om.com/drleaf     Additional resources:   -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just look for Switch on Your Brain in the App Store or Google Play or visit: https://theswitch.app   -Get any of my books, DVDs, and workbooks for less 25% with code DRLEAF at checkout: https://drleaf.com/collections/all   -Join my text group for more tips, notifications of sales, and more! Just text DRLEAF to 80519   -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! -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 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Relationships can be challenging at the best of times, but what do you do when you are stuck in self-quarantine with a difficult person? How do you set boundaries and deal with challenging roommates, partners or family members? In this podcast, I talk about what we can do if it is not safe to go outdoors or stay inside, how to set firm boundaries during this period of self-quarantine and how to navigate difficult relationships with relationship therapist and clinical social worker Nedra Tawwab.    Podcast Time Stamps 1:50 Why Nedra loves helps helping people create healthy relationships 2:32 What happens if there is a toxic environment at home? 3:50 If you are uncomfortable at home, set boundaries!  5:33 What do you do if your relationship was in trouble before the crisis?  7:00 How to handle emotional or verbal abuse? 10:55 Triggers are indicators that boundaries need to be put in place.  15:18 What if the people you live with don’t respect boundaries? 16:52 Living with someone who doesn’t respect the quarantine 19:26 What if your home is not safe? 20:35 What if you feel isolated and lonely? 23:39 Advice for parents at home 27:05 What to do if you are feeling hopeless or depressed? 31:05 Harry, Meghan and finding freedom from your family    Read the podcast blog and transcript here:https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/what-to-do-when-neither-outside-or-inside-the-home-is-safe-during-the-covid-19-crisis-span-tips-on-setting-boundaries-during-quarantine-and-how-to-navigate-difficult-relationships-with-therapist-nedra-tawwab-span     For more info on Nedra visit her website here: www.nedratawwab.com And follow her on instagram here: @nedratawwab     Special offers from our sponsors:   -ThirdLove Bras (the most comfortable bras): To get 15% off your ThirdLove Bra order see: https://thirdlove.com/drleaf   -Liquid I.V Electrolytes (great for hydration): Get 25% off with code DRLEAF at checkout https://liquid-iv.com     Additional resources:   -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just look for Switch on Your Brain in the App Store or Google Play or visit: https://theswitch.app   -Get any of my books, DVDs, and workbooks for less 25% with code DRLEAF at checkout: https://drleaf.com/collections/all   -Join my text group for more tips, notifications of sales, and more! Just text DRLEAF to 80519   -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!   -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 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
It is widely understood that the mind-body connection is important, but did you know that it has the power to change your life? In this podcast (one of my personal favorites!) I speak to the incredible “Iceman” Wim Hof about the incredible capacity we all have to control our thinking and change our biology, overcome toxic stress and stay strong amidst major crises like the current pandemic.    Wim Hof got his nickname by breaking a number of records related to cold exposure. His feats include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, running a half marathon above the Arctic Circle on his bare feet, and standing in a container while covered with ice cubes for more than 112 minutes!  Having embraced the majestic force of nature, Wim became convinced that everyone can tap into this potential without having to invest the same decades worth of study, travel and daring, so he developed the Wim Hof Method: a natural path to an optimal state of body and mind.    Podcast Highlights & Time Stamps 6:20 Why we are easily overcome with fear and stress 9:10 Why we have got so lazy with our thinking.  10:13 Wim’s incredible story 16:00 We can make our brains bodies happier, healthier and stronger through our mind.   20:30 How did Wim Hof develop his method? 24:31 Tips to deal with crises like COVID-19 2 7:45 What is the Wim Hof method? 46:34 Finding peace in the eye of the storm 50:00 How to heal a broken heart  55:00 The “super brain” study  1:05:00 The power of mind management  1:11:25 Nature or nurture?   Read the podcast blog and transcript here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/interview-with-wim-hof-on-how-to-train-your-mind-to-overcome-any-challenge-the-amazing-benefits-of-cold-showers-amp-how-to-use-your-breathe-to-reduce-anxiety-and-stress     Wim's website: www.wimhofmethod.com   Get access to Wim's Fundamental Course at a discount here: https://www.wimhofmethod.com/elearning/fundamentals   The Science of Wim Hof method: www.wimhofmethod.com/science      Special offers from this week's sponsor:   -Blinkist  (my favorite reading app!): To get your free week on Blinkist AND 25% off your subscription see: https://www.blinkist.com/nc/partners/cleaning-up-the-mental-mess     Additional Resources:   -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just look for Switch on Your Brain in the App Store or Google Play or visit: https://theswitch.app   -Get any of my books, DVDs, and workbooks for less 25% with code DRLEAF at checkout: https://drleaf.com/collections/all   -Join my text group for more tips, notifications of sales, and more! Just text DRLEAF to 80519   -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!   -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 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
We all know we should try our best and strive for excellence in everything we do, but what happens when this desire to do well turns toxic? In this podcast, I speak to clinical psychologist Dr. Margaret Rutherford about how perfectionism can be another manifestation of depression, what to do when our desire to succeed becomes destructive, why we need to learn, rather than fear, our failures and useful techniques to overcome perfectionist tendencies. In her new book, Perfectly-Hidden Depression, Margaret notes how many perfectionists often don’t acknowledge or know that they are depressed, or that their desire to succeed in every area of their lives is a coping strategy to deal with past hurts and trauma. Many do not have what are considered “normal” traits of depression, that is feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Indeed, in a number of cases they do not know how to express uncomfortable or painful feelings and emotions, and tend to talk about what they have gone through in a very detached way. This type of perfectionism is different from striving for excellence, which is more process-orientated and encourages you to learn from your mistakes. Perfectly-hidden depression, on the other hand, is fueled by fear and shame. Toxic perfectionism tends to be goal-orientated, and sees failure as a sign of worthlessness, which puts intense pressure on someone’s performance, compelling them to constantly do better and hide their mistakes. Read the full episode blog and transcript here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/how-perfectionism-can-lead-to-depression-and-anxiety-tips-on-how-to-stop-the-toxic-perfectionism-cycle-interview-with-psychologist-dr-margaret-rutherford    Podcast Highlights: 1:58 What is perfectly hidden depression? 7:25 The role of the therapist is not to fix people 10:49 What is perfectionism? 17:34, 27:20 Ten main traits of perfectly-hidden depression 19:36: How is this different from other forms of depression 38:00 The first step to healing is acknowledging that there is a problem  42:01 Tips and techniques to deal with perfectionism 40:05 Helping child or teen battling with perfectly-hidden depression   52:10 Social media and perfectionism    For more info on Dr. Margaret and to get her book visit: https://drmargaretrutherford.com   Listen to her amazing podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/selfwork-dr-margaret-rutherford-self-help-mental-health/id1166015598     Special offers from this week's sponsors:   -NOOM (the best healthy habit company): For your NOOM special offer see: noom.com/DRLEAF   -SEED (my favorite probiotic company): Visit https://seed.com and use code MENTALMESS for 15% off your first month of the Daily Synbiotic     Additional Resources:   -Get my new brain detox app SWITCH on sale now! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription. Just look for Switch on Your Brain in the App Store or Google Play or visit: https://theswitch.app   -Get any of my books, DVDs, and workbooks for less 25% with code DRLEAF at checkout: https://drleaf.com/collections/all   -Join my text group for more tips, notifications of sales, and more! Just text DRLEAF to 80519   -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!   -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 l --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Life expectancy and living well seems to be on everyone’s minds these days, but did you know that around 85% of our longevity is based on our lifestyle choices and environment? In this week’s blog and podcast, I spoke with NYT Bestselling author, explorer, National Geographic Fellow, award-winning journalist and producer Dan Buettner about the world’s healthiest and longest living communities (known as the blue zones), the power of purpose, how healthy eating is affordable and how you too can live to be a 100!   Podcast Highlights & Time Stamps -3:17 What are the blue zones? -4:45 How does a blue zone diet help with mental health? -5:50 The most common denominators of longevity -9:00 What’s wrong with the self-help industry? -13:20 How to make the healthiest decision the easiest decision -14:14 The power of purpose -17:14 The power of downshifting -20:57 Why there is no magic bullet that will help you live longer -24:20 Is eating healthy really more expensive? -28:08 How to turn your city into a blue zone   Podcast transcript and blog:https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/critical-life-lessons-from-the-world-s-healthiest-and-longest-living-communities-tips-on-how-to-exercise-eat-and-manage-your-mind-to-boost-your-immune-system-and-live-a-long-amp-healthy-life-with-dan-buettner     -For more info on Dan and the Blue Zones visit: https://www.bluezones.com   -And follow him on social media: @bluezones   -Order his new book The Blue Zone Kitchen :https://www.bluezones.com/blue-zones-kitchen     Special offers from our sponsors:   -Feals CBD (the best CBD out there!): To get 50% off your Feals CBD order see https://feals.com/drleaf. Have questions about CBD? Feals has a free hotline and text message support to help guide your personal experience!   -​BLUblox (the best glasses to reduce your exposure to harmful blue and green light): To get 15% off your BLUblox glasses use the code LEAF15 at checkout: https://www.blublox.com   Join my Peace During the Pandemic Challenge! All you have to do is download my brain detox app SWITCH and work through the 21 day program in the app! A 3 month subscription is on sale now for less 50%. Just look for Switch on Your Brain in the App Store or Google Play or visit: https://theswitch.app   Despite the necessity of social distancing, we believe we can still come together as a community and be supportive, loving, and caring through technology, which is why we have also created a Facebook support group. This is a group for everyone-a place to post prayer requests, questions, concerns, updates, encouragement, needs and so on. We are in this together! Join my Coronavirus Facebook Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1870578619744226/?ref=share&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJsZWFmLmplc3NpY2FAZ21haWwuY29tIiwgImtsX2NvbXBhbnlfaWQiOiAiS3FnSDlkIn0%3D     Additional resources:   -Get any of my books, DVDs, and workbooks for less 25% with code DRLEAF at checkout: https://drleaf.com/collections/all   -Join my text group for more tips, notifications of sales, and more! Just text DRLEAF to 80519   -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!   -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 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
In this podcast I answer some of the questions you have sent in regarding handling COVID-19 anxiety, and coping with social distancing and staying at home. I want to try to help you as much as I can, giving you tools to help you manage your mind in this crisis and stay strong, mentally and physically.   Read the podcast blog and transcript here:https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/how-to-deal-with-the-pain-of-uncertainty-and-insecurity-during-the-current-crisis-more-tips-and-mental-health-strategies-to-help-you-find-peace-during-the-pandemic   Podcast Time Highlights: 02:26 How to talk to your children about the current crisis 08:37 How to handle angry outbreaks from your children 14:23 What if you know someone who has COVID-19? 20:26 How do I deal with social distancing and loneliness? 28:00 How do you not let anxiety ruin your sleep? 32:00 What if you feel guilty leaving your child in care while you work? 34:52 What to do if you are struggling to concentrate or sleep 38:17 How to speak to a teenager or young adult about the current crisis? 41:04 How do you deal with constant change? 45:06 How do you deal with “should have” or “could have” thoughts during the pandemic? 47:48 How can you manage fear of the virus? 51:00 How to not let your anxiety get the better of you 52:22 How to deal with rude neighbors 53:10 How do you manage a severe fight/flight response? 56:30 How do you handle feeling out of control?     Join my Peace During the Pandemic Challenge! All you have to do is download my brain detox app SWITCH and work through the 21 day program in the app! A 3 month subscription is on sale now for less 50%. Just look for Switch on Your Brain in the App Store or Google Play or visit: https://theswitch.app   Despite the necessity of social distancing, we believe we can still come together as a community and be supportive, loving, and caring through technology, which is why we have also created a Facebook support group. This is a group for everyone-a place to post prayer requests, questions, concerns, updates, encouragement, needs and so on. We are in this together! Join my Coronavirus Facebook Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1870578619744226/?ref=share&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJsZWFmLmplc3NpY2FAZ21haWwuY29tIiwgImtsX2NvbXBhbnlfaWQiOiAiS3FnSDlkIn0%3D   Additional resources:   -Get any of my books, DVDs, and workbooks for less 25% with code DRLEAF at checkout: https://drleaf.com/collections/all   -Join my text group for more tips, notifications of sales, and more! Just text DRLEAF to 80519 -   -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!)     Special offers from our sponsors:   -BiOptimizers P3OM: Get 10% off your order with code DRLEAF10. Just go to: http://www.p3om.com/drleaf     -ThirdLove Bras (the most comfortable bras): To get 15% off your ThirdLove Bra order see: https://thirdlove.com/drleaf       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 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
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       Special offers from our sponsors:   -Blinkist (my favorite reading app): To get your free week on Blinkist AND 25% off your subscription see: https://www.blinkist.com/nc/partners/cleaning-up-the-mental-mess   -BetterHelp (the best online counseling app): To get 10% off ​BetterHelp counseling during your first month see: trybetterhelp.com/drleaf      Additional Resources:   Get my new 21 day brain detox program here ON SALE NOW! Get 50% off a 3 month subscription: 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!   -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 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
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     Special offers from our sponsors:   -Ritual (my favorite multivitamins): To get 10% off your first three months of Ritual multivitamins see: https://ritual.com/drleaf   -Theragun (the best way to recover from muscle injuries and discomfort): To get 2 free attachments with your Theragun purchase see: https://theragun.com/leaf     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 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!   -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 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
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masked Marlin

was living the podcasts Intel he said the part where we need to know god loves us. yes I believe in God. yes I talk about him. but it makes me upset when people say things they have no idea what there taking about. did god personally tell him he loves everyone? no no he didn't you know how I know? hello because God tired away from me. God don't love me that's how I know so still stop talking about stuff that you don't have the facts

Jun 3rd
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E J

Very knowledgeable guest.

May 28th
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John Ukpaiojo Amedu

My Tennis mate is beginning to realise he needs help with sex addiction and womanising. I can't find any episode on this

May 27th
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Veronica Siller

I love this channel ❤ great information always. I love learning from a wide variety of experts never knew existed.

May 25th
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E J

So, increase my plant intake, huh? 😔🌱🌱🌱

May 14th
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E J

👍

May 10th
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E J

Brilliant episode! The 2 of these together! WOW

Apr 26th
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E J

GREAT EPISODE

Apr 23rd
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Sky-Lee Martin

I love to go for a walk to clear my head after a big day at the office, even though it's the last thing my body feels like doing, I know it is the best thing for me. Thanks for the great facts on why this is so good. Excercise is actually addictive once you form the habit of it.

Mar 19th
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E J

Thanks

Mar 18th
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E J

Lots of functional information about the current crisis is in this episode. REALLY appreciate your service. Thanks

Mar 16th
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E J

Very informative episode. Appreciate it.

Mar 15th
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Toi Johnson

I've been waiting to hear your thoughts about covid19. Thanks!

Mar 14th
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E J

Great episode. Must listen

Mar 12th
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Emma Beadel

listen, breathe, and listen in an argument...

Mar 9th
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Joe Ramirez

Wow!! Dr. Leaf I had no idea you had a podcast. I found you a couple of years ago doing a Q & A with pastor Steven Furtick and I was blown away with your teachings. I shared with my wife right away, who deals with social anxiety and other things. She didn't bite just yet but you are coming to speak at a women's conference my church is putting on in Bakersfield and I can't wait. Im going to be volunteering at the conference as well, to help, but mostly to listen to you lol. I can't wait to start listening to your podcast. Thank you for everything you are doing.

Mar 3rd
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Christopher Heldt

I can relate to many of the topics discussed and some good information. I don't feel that the patriarchy is keeping females down in the modern day. Look at the current number of female CEOs, politicians, doctors, etc. I am a musician and I have played with many female brass players and under many female conductors. While there may be select individuals that operate under an antiquated view of patriarchy, I think things are now very equal in relation to opportunity. Some of the discussion on this from PragerU and Dr. Jordan Peterson is enlightening on this topic. This of course opens up a whole nother can of worms, but I thought I would share my point of view.

Feb 29th
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Zola AC

Really enjoyed this episode, such amazing insights.

Feb 26th
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Morteza Ansari

first of all i want to thank you for your briliant and simple tips which helps us to live a better and helthier life. my name is Morteza, from iran. i have been listening to your podcast for more than a year, and during this period, with applying your advice to my life and diet, my spirit has raised alot, and my boddy functions much more better. but, now with this horrific virus (Corona virus) going around and becoming epidemic, especially in my country, i want to ask and please you to give us a little bit more insight and information if you have. we would be gratful. thank you a lot

Feb 24th
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Paul Oettinger

amazing info in this episode

Feb 13th
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