In a recent podcast (episode #303), I spoke with Caroline Foran, bestselling author, speaker, journalist, blogger, and top podcast host about making anxiety work for you and not against you, why anxiety is a signal and not a disease, how to manage anxiety using your incredible mind, and so much more!

Often, when you are going through a rough patch with anxiety, all the information and expert advice out there can be overwhelming. Sometimes all you want is to hear from someone who had a similar experience to you and that they still managed to get through it; you want…


When we experience any kind of trauma, we can respond to the threat in various ways to cope. We are all familiar with the fight or flight response, but there are actually four main trauma responses, which are categorized as “the four F’s of trauma”: fight, flight, freeze and fawn. In my most recent podcast (episode #302), I talk about these different trauma responses, and how to manage them in the moment using self-regulation and mind-management techniques. …


The national domestic abuse hotline for the USA is 1–800–799-SAFE (7233). The national child abuse hotline for the USA is 1–800–422–4453.

In a recent podcast (episode #301), I spoke to Ashley Bendiksen, an expert in abuse prevention and personal development, national speaker, certified life empowerment coach, author, nonprofit founder, award-winning activist, and founder of the Blue Hearts Project. …


In my most recent podcast (episode #300), I talk about how to manage your anxiety when people don’t respond to you, or when you don’t get the response that you expected, and how to navigate the assumptions we all tend to make in our head when someone reacts in a way we perceive as negative.

When someone doesn’t respond to a text or email, or if they respond in a way we think is bad, it’s easy to overthink the situation and go down that rabbit hole of imagined and assumed scenarios, which can lead to a lot of toxic…


In a recent podcast (episode #299), I spoke to Shawn Stevenson, creator of The Model Health Show, one of the top health and fitness podcasts, and author of the bestselling book Eat Smarter. We talked about so many things, including the role of the mind in healing the body, food as information, and why we need to make real food accessible to all.

When Shawn was 20 years old he was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, which many health professionals consider to be incurable. However, Shawn decided to not let this be the end of his story. Based on his…


In a recent podcast (episode #298) and blog, I talk about the COVID-19 virus and its potential impact on the brain, and how we can manage and improve cognitive side-effects of the virus.

This a part two of my series on how the COVID pandemic has affected our brains. In last week’s podcast, I discussed the difference between general and extreme anxiety, how anxiety levels have dramatically increased over the pandemic, and how has impacted how our brains function on a day-to-day level, especially if left unmanaged over long periods of time.

Yet, as I mentioned last week, these changes…


In a recent podcast (episode #297), I spoke to N.Y. Times bestselling author, podcast host and psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb about her new book, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, the power of agency, how to let go of the narratives of the past, therapy as a process of self-understanding, and so much more!

As Lori notes, therapists have the privilege of seeing humanity on a deeper level. Most people don’t talk about their lives in such an honest, raw and authentic way as they do with their therapist. Many people assume that a therapist’s work is depressing, but the reality…


In a recent podcast (episode #296), I talked about the impact of COVID on the brain, how we can manage COVID-related mental health struggles, and more!

A lot has changed over the past year, including our brains! Or, rather, re-shaped, since our brain is changing all the time (this is called neuroplasticity). With our mind, we experience the events and circumstances of life and build these into our brain as actual physical structures made up of proteins. …


In a recent podcast (episode #295), I spoke with an amazing young woman, my longtime family friend Vimbai Masiyiwa, about managing mental health as a young adult and millennial, surviving cancer, the importance of destigmatizing mental health, how culture and religion can impact how we view mental health struggles, the power of education, and more!

As Vimbai notes, if you have been diagnosed with a serious illness or disease like cancer, it can be incredibly hard to separate your identity from your diagnosis. …


In my most recent podcast (episode #294), I talk about childhood depression, who is most affected by it, the signs to look out for, and how to educate our children about mental health.

It is estimated that around one in twelve children struggle with depression at some point between the ages 9 and 16, with girls more likely to be affected than boys. Unfortunately, depression is a common childhood challenge that often goes unnoticed by adults, including parents, teachers, and pediatricians. …

Dr. Caroline Leaf

Mental health expert. I have spent the last 30+ years researching ways to help people manage mental health issues in school, work, and life: drleaf.com

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