Dr. Caroline Leaf

Hi! I’m Dr. Caroline Leaf. I’m a cognitive neuroscientist, 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 & scientific tips and tools to help you take back control over your mental, emotional, and physical health. Order my new book here:

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SHOW DESCRIPTION: In this podcast I talk about the neuroscience behind crying and how crying can be very beneficial both mentally and physically, especially when it comes to stress reduction, and more!

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1:00 Why crying is not a sign of weakness

1:20 Crying is a complex human behavior with a myriad of mental and physical effects

2:11 How our thoughts, emotions and experiences change our brains

3:01 Why we need to express, not suppress, our emotions

3:32 How crying can help us manage toxic thoughts and emotions

3:45 Crying is a signal we need to listen to, which is telling us something is going on in our life

4:33 How crying relieves emotional pressure in the brain and body

10:00 How tears can help us restore balance in the brain and body

12:40 Crying can be both a signal and a validating response

13:42, 29:00 How to use mind management to examine your emotional responses, including crying, and improve your emotional health

15:16 How crying helps us communicate what we feel and what we need

17:30 What happens in your brain and body when you cry

27:40 Crying is a messenger—listen to what it is telling you!

32:00 Why there is no right or wrong way to cry


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Previous episodes

  • 346 - Why we should all cry more, the mental & physical health benefits of crying + is there a right way to cry?  
    Mon, 17 May 2021
  • 345 - Foods That Reduce Anxiety, Depression & PTSD with Nutritional Psychiatrist Dr. Uma Naidoo 
    Thu, 13 May 2021
  • 344 - Trauma bonding, toxic emotional attachment, how to know when to stay and when to go + how to find healing & freedom 
    Mon, 10 May 2021
  • 343 - A father’s journey to understand & heal after his child’s suicide + signs someone you know is suicidal and how to help 
    Thu, 06 May 2021
  • 342 - The neuroscience of dreams & nightmares + how to have better dreams & help your children process and understand nightmares 
    Mon, 03 May 2021
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