We’re living through challenging times right now, in the midst of a global pandemic and the daily bad news and headlines it brings. And some of us are struggling constantly with fighting repetitive or intrusive negative thoughts and feeling like powerless victims of our circumstances in our own mind. The truth is we all deal with a mess in our mind at some point in our life or other. And that’s nothing to be ashamed of .
How we deal with that mess is the difference between having a healthy mind and body or living from an unhealthy baseline of constant anxiety and depression. The good news is, we can clean up our mental mess and get out of the loop of toxic thoughts and behaviors.
And my guest today will explain exactly how to do this. Dr. Caroline Leaf is a neuroscientist, international speaker and bestselling author who has been studying the brain for 38 years.
Dr. Leaf is a communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist with a Masters and PhD in Communication Pathology, specializing in cognitive and metacognitive neuropsychology.
And since the early 1980s, she has researched the mind brain connection, the nature of mental health and the formation of memory. She was one of the first in her field to study neuroplasticity and how the brain can change with directed mind input and she has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals with traumatic brain injury, learning disabilities, autism, dementia and issues like anxiety and depression.
Dr. Leaf’s YouTube videos, podcasts and TV episodes have reached millions globally. And in her latest book, Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess: Five Simple Scientifically Proven Steps to Reduce Anxiety, Stress and Toxic Thinking, she provides us with a plan backed by clinical research to find and eliminate the root of anxiety, depression, and intrusive thoughts. All this so we can change our mind to change our brain and build a healthy, new neural network, which allows us to change our lives and live them to the fullest.
In my interview with Dr. Leaf you will hear…
03:25 The mind and brain are not the same
05:30 Traumatic brain injuries and the success of directed mind input
09:35 A detailed explanation on how the mind and brain differ
23:18 Managing your mind through difficult times
27:75 ”If you have a terrible childhood you are going to be mentally ill.”
29:00 Your messy mind is on the front line
31:45 You must look at behavior with the ”why?”
33:30 Depression and anxiety are normal human conditions
40:00 Why we need a mind management system
51:30 The ”neurocycle” program and how it positively effects our mind and brain
55:00 ”The worst patient often gets better quicker because of the mind”
57:00 The 5 simple steps of the neurocycle
1:05.55 Dr. Leaf’s Practices