Health & Fitness Niksen is the Dutch art of doing nothing and it's our new favourite activity

09:35  12 february  2018
09:35  12 february  2018 Source:   countryliving.co.uk

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Niksen means to do nothing , or to be idle as a form of stress relief. Appropriate activities are purposeless ones, "like staring out the It ' s to remind you of the benefits of giving your mind a chance to recharge and reset. Take a big breath and pause. This isn't to say the Dutch value the sin of sloth.

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Niksen is the Dutch art of doing nothing and it's our new favourite activity © Getty Niksen is the Dutch art of doing nothing and it's our new favourite activity Hygge was great. We were totally in sync with the Danish concept of valuing the cozy, simple things. We also enjoyed Còsagach, the Scottish concept of staying snuggly. But have you tried the most exhilarating Dutch concept of niksen - aka doing absolutely nothing?

Niksen means to do nothing, or to be idle as a form of stress relief. Appropriate activities are purposeless ones, "like staring out the window, hanging out, or listening to music", Carolien Hamming, a coach at an organisation devoted to combatting stress, told Olga Mecking forWoolly Magazine.

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The cultural bias against doing nothing comes across heavily in the Dutch language. The popular proverb ‘ Niksen is niks,’ for instance, means But niksen is the exact opposite of that mentality. It ’ s the chance to “deliciously do nothing ,” as Mecking put it. “ Our inner voice says always, ‘ Do

Niksen focuses on slowing down and opting out of societal expectations about productivity. It's to remind you of the benefits of giving your mind a chance to recharge and reset. Take a big breath and pause.

This isn't to say the Dutch value the sin of sloth. Mecking writes that there is a cultural bias against being goal-less, noting, "The popular proverb 'niksen is niks', for instance, means 'doing nothing is good for nothing'."

Rather, niksen is promoted as a way to prevent burnout from constantly focusing on work. It's like mindfulness, but instead of zoning in, you're zoning out.

"In the wild, most animals do nothing two-thirds of their time," Hamming told Lifehacker. "They yawn, look around, sit and wait until a little snack comes by. Therefore, niksen seems to me a natural state of being."

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The word is ' niksen ' and it means " doing nothing "; or, as my sister who speaks Dutch explained to me, "to idle or muck around." Niksen differs from the ever-popular mindfulness in that it advocates a state of mental relaxation, even absence from 'Swedish death cleaning' is the new decluttering trend.

We agree. Now time for that snack.

[h/t: Lifehacker]

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