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Mindfulness Can Reduce the Effect of Loneliness Among Youth

Rajinder Kaur

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Rajinder Kaur, (2020, July 13). Mindfulness Can Reduce the Effect of Loneliness Among Youth. Psychreg on Positive Psychology. https://www.psychreg.org/mindfulness-can-reduce-the-effect-of-loneliness/
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Mindfulness involves cultivating awareness of ongoing experience and accepting the world as it is. Enhance positive emotions and reduce negative emotions, improving cognitive performance, and diminish the degree of loneliness among youth. Mindfulness and loneliness interaction moderates the effects of loneliness.

Loneliness is an emotionally unpleasant experience resulting from poor quality of social connections with others. Loneliness effects of individuals of various age groups and social statuses and Interventions such as mindfulness-based interventions. Loneliness is a painful emotional experience that affects the current quality of life and represents a developmental risk for future wellbeing as well. It signals the existence of failure in the valued area of interpersonal relationships.

Loneliness affects on mental health like depression increased anxiety, lower self-esteem, sleep disturbances, and suicidal tendencies among youth. All these effects of loneliness on mental health and physical health reduced by mindfulness practice. On the other hand, mindfulness practice has tremendous power to support healthy development among youth and further than reducing stress, fostering wellness, and providing tools for emotional balance.

Mindfulness refers to a psychological state of awareness, a practice that promotes awareness, and a character logical trait, the idea of mindfulness can be followed back to Eastern contemplative traditions like Yoga, Buddhism, Tai chi, and Qigong, where conscious attention and mindfulness are effectively cultivated.

In Sikhism, Simranam Japna involves focusing one’s attention on the names encourage quiet internal mindfulness. It Gives birth to joy, happiness, and concentration. The energy of concentration carries out through mindfulness practice. Mindfulness is the consciousness and nonjudgmental acceptance by a clear, calm mind of one’s moment-to-moment experience, without either pursuing the experience or pushing it away. In this practice, individuals are instructed to focus attention on the object of observation (such as breathing or walking) and to be aware of it in each moment. Sensations or emotions are noticed carefully except are not evaluated as excellent or poor, right or wrong, well or unwell, or significant or insignificant.

This practice helps youth to motivate internal and external stimuli. It is a type of exercise that helps youngsters in coping with the difficult thoughts and feelings that reduce stress level and anxiety in daily life. Mindfulness permits an individual to become a keen observer of one’s self and regularly transforms the way the mind operates. Mindfulness is an interactive process among mind, body, and behaviour, in which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors can directly be affected. Most kinds of mindfulness meditations help to achieve inner peace, self-reflection, or self-relaxation through the quieting of the mind, but there is more to meditation than just closing one’s eyes. Since the nature of the mind is to wander here and there, this practice allows one to understand correctly the nature of the psychophysical occurrences taking place in one’s body.

The consciousness of those psychophysical processes helps develop the self into an observer that can access a deeper level of consciousness. Mindfulness has demonstrated effective in reducing psychological stress and preventing relapse in depressed patients, increasing empathetic capability, lessening tendencies to take on others’ negative feelings, enhancing coping strategies, trait anger, and state anger. The main role of mediation in mindfulness practice which means meditation is a practice that unites with the ‘universal energy’. With pure wish individual experiences the awakening of kundalini strength (the part of the divine that is within every individual), which connects the awakened divine energy with supreme energy. After mediation, male or female experiences pure joy as universal energy which starts flowing inside them. Similarly, as words are lacking to depict the scents of flora in an equal way the experience of this eternal pleasure can’t be expressed through words.

What are changes occur in our brain when we are doing mindfulness?

Using modern technology like MRI scans, scientists have developed a more thorough understanding of what’s taking place in our brains when we practice mindfulness. The overall difference is that our brains stop processing the information as actively as they normally would. A decrease in beta waves indicating our brains is processing information, even after a single 20-minute mindfulness session if we’ve never tried it before. Researchers also indicate that mindfulness practices can also strengthen areas of the brain responsible for attention, emotional control, and problem-solving capacity. It helps to focus on one target at a time.

Mindfulness helps to overcome loneliness

Loneliness is something that most of us experience from time to time. The regular practice of mindfulness reduces the effect of loneliness among youth.  Mindfulness helps youth overcome loneliness by interconnectedness with the rest of humanity. Helps people live in the present moment – that is our emotions and interactions with other people. Develop more effective social skills, boost working memory, and stress reduction. Interventions, such as mindfulness-based interventions, are low cost, highly efficient, and easy to employ. Employing interventions aimed at improving cognitive performance without tapping directly onto aspects of social cognition may be revealed as an  efficient approach for reducing a serious problem of loneliness.

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Rajinder Kaur is a PhD student at Punjab Agricultural University. 

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