Dr. Leaf's Blog

Why the Self-Help Industry is Contributing to the Loneliness Epidemic & What We Can Do About It

By Dr. Caroline Leaf on Sep 11, 2019

The self-help industry appears, from its name alone, to be a good thing: who doesn’t want to help themselves? Who doesn’t want to be more independent and self-sufficient? However, as I discuss in this week’s...

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How to Boost Your Gut Microbiome Health to Boost Your Mental Health + Tips to Improve Your Digestion

By Dr. Caroline Leaf on Sep 04, 2019

We all know what we eat affects our mood, and vice versa. Just think of popular phrases like “sick to my stomach” and “I have butterflies in my stomach”: intuitively, we know that our gut and brain are close...

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How to Deal with a Panic Attack in the Moment + Tips to Prevent Panic Attacks in the Future

By Dr. Caroline Leaf on Aug 28, 2019

We have all experienced moments where we feel so overwhelmed that we begin to shut down. Sometimes it feels like our brain and body just forget how to work. These kinds of situations can be very frightening,...

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The Do’s and Don’t's of Brain Health + Why and How Correct Brain Health Practices Can Reduce Anxiety and Depression

By Dr. Caroline Leaf on Aug 21, 2019

How we choose to use our brains affects both our mental and physical health. Not only do our choices create real, structural changes in the brain, but they also affect the overall health of our brains, which impacts how the brain and body function on a day-to-day basis, while, if our brains are not healthy, it’s hard for our minds to be healthy and for us to make healthy decisions.

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How Red Light Therapy Can Improve Your Mental Health, Help with Sleeping Issues, Reduce Brain Damage from Traumatic Brain Injuries, and More!

By Dr. Caroline Leaf on Aug 14, 2019

If you have followed my blogs and podcasts for a while, you will know how much I love my infrared sauna! It is an integral part of my mental self-care routine, especially with my hectic work and travel schedule, and something I recommend to everyone who asks me what I do to stay healthy. 

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3 Simple Nutrition Tips to Boost Your Brain & Mental Health AND Improve Memory and Cognition!

By Dr. Caroline Leaf on Aug 07, 2019

We all know what we eat affects our ability to think, and our mood. In fact, thinking and eating are intricately connected: what and how we eat affects our mental health, and our mental health affects what and how we eat, as I discuss in my book Think and Eat Yourself Smart.  

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How to NOT Let Toxic People, Words or Situations Affect Your Mental Health

By Dr. Caroline Leaf on Jul 31, 2019

Let’s face it: people can be too much at times. In fact, occasionally things will get so toxic that a deserted cabin in the middle of the wilderness can sound quite appealing!   

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How to Recover from Trauma and Deal with the Hard Stuff in Life

By Dr. Caroline Leaf on Jul 24, 2019

We are not meant to live in a dead zone of feelings, yet we often prefer not to feel, especially when it comes to negative emotions. We sometimes will do anything to avoid pain, boredom, sadness, insecurity or emptiness. Why can’t we just be happy all the time?

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Alzheimer’s: Can it Be Prevented + Tips to Help You Help Someone Who May Have It

By Dr. Caroline Leaf on Jul 17, 2019

The cause and prevention of Alzheimer’s is still a question that comes up at almost every Q&A that I do: is it a gene? Is it inherited? Is it dietary? Is it a brain disease? Is it inevitable?

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4 Tips to Drastically Reduce Anxiety in Your Life

By Dr. Caroline Leaf on Jul 10, 2019

It seems like everyone is talking about anxiety these days. But what exactly is anxiety? And is it really possible to control anxiety levels? 

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Tips to Recognize and Prevent Mental Burnout

By Dr. Caroline Leaf on Jul 04, 2019

We have all had those days when we come home feeling exhausted. We barely have energy to eat and get into bed, and wake up almost as tired and as stressed the next day. Many of us, from time to time, experience burnout: pure fatigue from the challenges of life. 

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8 Simple Steps to Build Up Your Stress Resilience

By Dr. Caroline Leaf on Jun 26, 2019

Let’s face it: we all get stressed, because life is stressful. We cannot avoid stress, BUT (great news!) we can learn how to build our resilience to stress. Stress can actually be good for us, depending on our perceptions! We actually cannot function without stress—it is a natural part of being human, and can help get our brains and bodies ready for action in tough situations.

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