Episode 195

5 Steps to Reduce Anxiety, Stress, and Toxic Thinking

With Dr. Caroline Leaf

Toxic thoughts, depression, anxiety—our mental mess is frequently aggravated by a chaotic world and sustained by an inability to manage our runaway thoughts. While we can’t control the events and circumstances of life, we can learn to control our reactions, which help us deal with and manage the many challenges we face and will face in our life. So, how exactly do we do that?

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, I talk to Dr. Caroline Leaf about her five-step mind-management process, called Neurocycle, and how it helps to find and eliminate the root of anxiety, depression, and intrusive thoughts. We discuss how to apply mind-management to unwire toxic habits and trauma. We also talk about how the way we manage our mind and our emotional state impacts our telomeres. 

For more on Dr. Caroline you can follow her on Instagram @DrCarolineLeaf, Facebook @DrLeaf, on Twitter @DrCarolineLeaf, on YouTube @DrCarolineLeaf, and through her website https://drleaf.com/. Get her book, Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess: 5 Simple, Scientifically Proven Steps to Reduce Anxiety, Stress, and Toxic Thinking at https://www.cleaningupyourmentalmess.com.

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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. The power of vulnerability and authenticity
    (5:58)
  2. Dr. Leaf’s family member’s suicide attempt
    (8:28)
  3. The 5-step Neurocycle mind-management system
    (12:02)
  4. How to put boundaries around your true intentions
    (14:41)
  5. How to cultivate awareness
    (16:05)
  6. The main driving source of our longevity 
    (29:06)
  7. The reconceptualization process
    (48:33)
  8. How to use the 5-step Neurocycle process during a disagreement
    (52:42)
  9. The 10-second pause exercise
    (58:18)
  10. Brain building and why it matters for our mental health
    (1:18:34)
  11. Dr. Leaf’s eating disorder and her recovery process
    (1:21:58)

Guest

 
Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Broken Brain Podcast, a top 20 health podcast with over 10 million downloads, that teaches listeners how to improve their brain performance and mental health through their diet, lifestyle and everyday biohacking.

As an entrepreneur, Dhru is also the CEO Dr. Hyman Enterprises, Farmacy and the UltraWellness Center, a functional medicine based clinic that specializes in treating chronic disease through personalized medicine.

 
Dr. Caroline Leaf

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist with a master’s and PhD in Communication Pathology, and a BSc in Logopedics, specializing in cognitive and metacognitive neuropsychology. Since the early 1980s, she has researched the mind-brain connection, the nature of mental health, and the formation of memory. Dr. Leaf has helped hundreds of thousands of students and adults learn how to use their minds to detox and grow their brains to succeed in every area of their lives, including school, university, and the workplace through her theory called the Geodesic Information Processing Theory of how we think, build memory, and learn. Dr. Leaf’s podcast, Cleaning Up The Mental Mess, YouTube videos, and TV appearances have reached millions globally. She has been featured on Elle, TED, Bustle, Medium, Huffington Post, The O Magazine, Thrive Global, Something You Should Know, Getting Curious, and many other TV, radio, podcast, and print outlets.

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