What is Mindfulness? And How Does it Help Decrease Anxiety?



have you been hearing the word mindfulness coming up here and there and everywhere these days are you kind of confused about what it means maybe you know a little bit or maybe you know nothing at all in this video I'm going to tell you and teach you all about what mindfulness is it is simple it is not nearly as complicated as it might sound I'm going to really break it down for you and explain what it means and maybe after this you'll be interested in starting your own mindfulness practice or maybe just becoming more mindful in your everyday life if you're new to me and this is the first time we're connecting my name is Julia Cristina and I'm a registered therapist researcher an online course creator of a master's degree in counseling psychology and I work to help men and women get through the crap that is holding them back so they can like themselves and their lives more every day and mindfulness is one of those ones that can really play a big impact on our ability to like ourselves in our lives and I'm going to explain why this is but first off you might be wondering is mindfulness a practice or is it a way of being is it all about doing mindfulness exercises and mindfulness meditation or is it just kind of a way of going through life and the answer is yes it is both it is you can have a mindfulness practice you can do mindfulness exercises you can do mindfulness meditation and you can also learn to become just more mindful in your everyday life now what that even means mindfulness is just kind of a fancy way of saying be present that's it living them now just be present with what is because what often happens is we spend a lot of our time thinking about things that are coming up in the future we even spend a lot of time worrying or being anxious or sometimes even excited it's not always a bad thing or we spend a lot of our time maybe thinking about the past regretting the past feeling guilty about things or maybe even it's not always negative we're thinking about good things that happened in the past but regardless we don't spend very much time being press noticing what's happening in and around us in the present moment now for some of us that can be kind of scary paying attention to what's happening inside of us right now but I'm going to tell you why learning to become more mindful is actually good for that and it teaches us how to be okay with being present with what's ever happening inside of us whatever emotions are coming up inside of us it teaches us how to be okay with that now mindfulness there's been tons of research on it there and even more lately because it's been coming up we're in the mainstream it's not a new thing it's been around for centuries but it has become more mainstream lately and so there's been a lot of research and what research has found is it helped with a ton of things as far as mental health struggles it can really help with depression with anxiety it can help with panic disorders it can help with eating disorders it can help with chronic pain it can help with self-esteem issues and and lots of other things there's actually a like a whole bunch of things that it can help with emotionally psychologically physically so you can google it afterwards what are some of the benefits of mindfulness and there are a lot of things that it really does help with the essence of mindfulness so what it really does is it teaches us by learning to become present what it really does is it slows down the brain instead of spending our time thinking about what I have to do or what's going on or what's coming next or what I have to be worried about it what I have to be planning for whatever it is or in the past like something that happened in the past something that you know that I'm upset about or that I'm that I'm that I'm angry about her that I'm regretting or feeling guilty about is spending all this time and all this time and you sometimes maybe even feel like I don't know if this happens too but feels like there's monkeys in your brain kind of jumping all over the place going from one thought to the next here and there and everywhere and maybe one time frame to the next you're going from the future to the past and all around you can really feel like your head is spinning so what mindfulness does is it teaches us how to really just slow down the brain it teaches our brain how to just be present and observe what's happening right here and right now and when I say observe I really mean just observe I mean observe without judging observe without kind of having a bunch of ideas about what this thought means or what what it what it what we see in our surrounding the water experiencing we're not going to what it means we're not attaching a bunch of meaning to it we're not attaching a bunch of judgment to it we're just noticing with kindness with curiosity and with acceptance so practically speaking what does that look like let's say you're feeling you're feeling really upset about something or maybe you're feeling if someone said something and it upset you and you notice yourself feeling like your feelings got hurt and might say to yourself something like okay maybe one or two ways you might say something like okay just get over it stop getting upset about stuff like this why do you always take things so personally what's wrong with you and we attach all this meaning so the thing that's happening is that I'm feeling hurt that's what it is and then I can go in typically we kind of go in and we catch all this meaning to it what does this mean what does this say about me what should I be feeling what should I be thinking and we kind of get more worked up because we're attaching a bunch of stuff to it or we go the other way and we find a bunch of evidence to support whatever it is that we're feeling we'll say something like I'm feeling really hurt why does everyone always why is everyone always out to get me why are people so mean why is life so hard why is why do I always get the butt end of the stick and we'll really spiral ourselves down into feeling even worse so whichever way you do it if you blame yourself for how you're feeling or you blame others for how you're feeling either way it gets even more messy so with our same example where mindfulness would come in is learning how to feel hurt and to just notice it notice it without judgment noticed it with it's getting a bunch of stuff attached to it notice it with curiosity saying well I'm notice that I'm feeling hurt right now that's what's happening whether it's right or wrong or good or bad or serving a run serving or helpful or unhelpful is irrelevant in this moment what is happening is that I'm feeling hurt and it might sound too like that's it that's all you do and yes that is all there is to it you might notice if you just allow yourself to feel your feelings you will notice that the feeling will be way less intense and it will probably pass through you you'll probably move through the ceiling a lot quicker than if you are attaching all of this stuff to it you might even you know might even approach your hurt with curiosity like oh I noticed I'm feeling hurt right now I wonder what just happened that made me feel hurt I wonder why what they said hurt me do you see the difference we're just we're approaching that feeling with curiosity with acceptance we're just saying this is what I'm feeling we're not resigning ourselves to the feeling we're not saying well I guess I'm just going to feel hurt forever I guess hurt is just here from now on and I'm never going to feel better again that's not what accepting is accepting means that we say to ourselves this is what's happening right now mindfulness is not a lot fancier than that we can do it internally when it comes to our emotions we can even even do it externally practicing being more mindful in our everyday lives just noticing what's around us noticing what we smell noticing what we see noticing what we taste noticing what we feel with our senses what we're feeling if we're noticing the ground underneath our feet or the chair underneath our butts right now or whatever it is learning how to just notice and what it does is our brain because our brain can't exist at two time frames at the same time when we are present in our mind we can't be worrying about the future or regretting the past all we can do is be in one timeframe at once and so that's why it slows down our brains because it's giving different going to get a little bit epic technical here for all of you biology people or brain people or people that are interested in the science part of it what it does is it causes different neurons in our brain to fire it causes more calm kind of chilled out relaxed neurons to fire more grounded neurons so this as sango's neurons that fire together wire together so as we learn to just observe and be present with what is instead of thinking about what isn't or worrying about or getting wrapped up in at all we're just learning how to be present and those neurons are wiring together and we're actually rewiring our brain so that over time as we become more mindful and intentionally practice being more mindful we actually rewire a more calm and grounded brain altogether now not saying that you're going to go from being this vibrating like super high-strung person to being like this like super chilled out you know Zen master overnight by any means but you are going to notice that over time practicing mindfulness over time you'll notice that you don't get as wrapped up about things as you used to we learn how to respond to things in our environment instead of react we're not into in reaction mode we're into respond mode we're into I noticed what's happening I notice what's going on I'm present with what's here right here right now and then I decide how I want to respond what do I want to do with this how do I want to respond to that so mindfulness you can do it by just you can become more mindful by learning to just pay attention and notice what you're thinking or feeling or experiencing without it catching a bunch of stuff to it or you can also or guess you can also start having a mindfulness practice where you do mindfulness exercises you do mindfulness meditation research shows that about ten minutes a day of doing a mindfulness meditation is all it takes to start changing our brain getting the monkeys to chill out calming down that the the swirling monkey here there and everywhere thoughts I have a mindfulness meditation exercise for you I'm going to put the link to that in the description so make sure you grab that and also make sure you come and join my facebook group good for me group it's good for me group calm every Friday I'm in there doing live Q&A s so if you have questions you want to ask me you can send them to me you can email me contact at Julia Kristina calm I'll put that down in the notes as well send me your questions and every Friday good for me group comm I do a live Q&A where i answer your questions make sure you also like and subscribe and share this one out so that we can uncomplicated mindfulness thing that we can shed some light on it because it really does make a big impact on our mental health and well-being and our happiness and just our lives in general when we really learn how to be present how to observe how to feel and notice what we're thinking or feeling or experiencing without attaching all of this other stuff to it I'm so glad you were here and until next time take good care oh and tell me in the comment section below how you find this if you are someone who does practice mindfulness or if you're someone who's interested in it or if you have any questions about it put it in the comment section or if you want to chat more about mindfulness let's have a conversation in the comments section afterwards take good care you

39 comments

  1. My husband found you and referred me to this video. Wow! I’m blown away (in a good way) over the explanation. This is going to be SO helpful in slowing down my overactive brain! Thanks!

  2. Well said, great advice. I practice this during my meditations and it really helps me to be more objective about what I am going thru.

  3. When i wanna get on you web page i cant. It says

    Reason: Access from your area has been temporarily limited for security reasons.

    Wtf and why? Im in turkey

  4. Actually helped alot. Earlier this morning, me and the girl I was dating ended it. And I started to become anxious, or anxiety kicked in now sure why, because felt like it was for the best. And i couldn't figure out why till I listened to you video. Thank you for posting

  5. I already have anxiety, depression not to mention introversion, social anxiety which made worse by my “reserve-type” of personality. So whenever i go out,i feel like i am not part of this world. Whenever i tried to be social,but it doesnt work. And i sense people dont feel like to be near me because they feel awkward and so i feel awkward in return. I often time see this MINDFULNESS topic around here but thought that i didnt need it because im already very aware of my issues and my personality. I thought being sensitive to other people is what mindfulness is. And i didnt like that at all. Whenever something negative happens to me? I got consumed by it. I cant stop thinking about until the pain and hurt goes away. Now i know that mindfulness is the exact opposite of what ive been doing. I really want to change that because i dont think i can survive with my work of i have this problem

  6. I would highly recommend to anyone interested in mindfulness to read Jon Kabat-Zinn's book " Wherever You Go, There You Are".

  7. Thank you so much for your amazing videos, i am practicing mindfulness and it seems to be keeping me away from Depersonalization and severe anxiety.

  8. I've been doing mindfulness meditation most days for about 9 months now and I'm not noticing any difference to my mental health at all 🙁

  9. Do you out smart every guy you come in contact with? That must be tough, but I selfishly hope so. Wait I wasn’t listening. I have to go back. Very unmindfulness.

  10. All the information in this video made me feel anxious, idky but I just had to stop watching half way through which is strange because you seem nice and relatable.

  11. Why can’t Americans slow down a bit while speaking? Why does everybody have to say 300 words a minute? When you’re explaining something, is it better to pour out words to breathlessness or to slow down?

  12. You are very generous for sharing all the information that you do on your channels I am truly grateful I have asked myself every one of those questions why me wider than this happen try to put the blame on other people at all it doesIs make me feel miserable thank you again and keep up the good work very helpful

  13. Hey Julia, why you discriminate me geographically? Just wanted to see your mindfullness guaidance but I'm restricted 🙁

  14. Thanks very much. I have been struggling to understand Mindfulness for 3 years since my brain injury and your descriptions and explanations are the ones that have made the clearest sense to me.

    Having 'things' to read quickly on the screen makes things much harder for me as my speech and language aren't as good as they used to be but simply listening to your voice gets the ideas over much, much easier for me.

    I will watch/listen to these presentations some more times and hopefully it will 'sink in' finally

  15. When you talk about mindfulness, isn't it like viewing everything from an objective view, like a neutral view where you are not attaching emotions, opinions or judgements?

  16. Even if I try to forget the past there always people reminding me of the past. Sometimes it's good to slow down and not rush things. It's takes practice to.

    That my question often why are people so mean?

    Instead of reacting decide how to respond.
    Mediation or reading relaxing music.

  17. My mom goes through anxiety panic attacks I try to get my mom to do mediation doesn't do that. So keep an eye on my mom to get my mom to relax more.

  18. I've studied DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) so am familiar with mindfulness, but resisted practicing It regularly because I believe in Jesus, NOT Buddha (Marsha Linehan, the creator of DBT, became a Buddhist Master), and didn't want to veer away from Christianity to participate in some Buddhist practice.

    But as you clearly and concisely described mindfulness, I began seeing parallels between it and the teachings of Jesus and His apostles, past and present (I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, so believe there are modern prophets and apostles). We are counseled to not judge. We are challenged to love. We are urged to observe the care God gives to all creation and to accept that we have great worth, too, without ibeing wrapped up in how well or badly we have behaved or thought in the past or might in the future. We are told that we may be one with God through being one with Jesus, who achieved that oneness by turning His life and will over to our Heavenly Father instead of complicating His life with His own impulses and desires. Jesus was mindful in thought, word, and deed. He didn't allow non-essentials to distract Him from being Himself.

    So, thank you for helping me to open my heart to mindfulness, so I may better both stand in holy places and make holy the places where I stand.

  19. Hi. I believe I have been suffering with anxiety and it has gotten the better of me. It has also affected the relationships around me. I have treated my treatment with a therapist so I am looking forward to the work. But thank you so much for your videos because everything I have been feeling and thinking you have shown through your videos. Your doing amazing things so THANK YOU! This video resonates with me the most. Bless you🌸

  20. Hatered people are good to fired innocent from their jobs example ……. But do not realized the World are not just mend for them ……. If they can make the Sun and moon listen to them that is Satan , but the sun and the moon are on the harmony side , why because they didn't listen to the hatered by stopped ……at once ……. So it makes sense……

  21. So well explained! I just finished an 8 week mindful meditation workshop taught by educators of Jon Cabot Zinn. It really works. 😀

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