Niksen Is The Dutch Concept Of Doing Absolutely Nothing

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We live in a world that never seems to wind down. We're always busy doing something, and in the short breaks we don't have to do something, we're checking social media or texting our friends trying to plan the next thing. 

But there's a Dutch concept called "Niksen" - the art of doing nothing - that's gaining major popularity as a stress relieving practice that we should all take note of. 

Niksen means doing nothing, or more specifically, "doing something without a purpose, like staring out the window, hanging out, or listening to music, Carolien Hamming, a coach at CRS Centrum, a stress and burnout coaching centre in the Netherland, told Woolly. 

Niksen used to have a negative connotation in the Netherlands, but within the last 10 years, as people have been feeling more stressed and burned out, the practice is considered more positive. Why? "You do nothing to keep yourself healthy," Hamming explained. 

Niksen not only gives you new energy and helps you stay balanced but it can also improve the quality of your sleep, she said. 
 

“I advise Niksen for a few minutes every hour during work and for at least one hour on your days off,” Hamming added. “It’s good for your productivity, you will become more creative and you will stay a nicer partner, father/mother and friend.” 


Practising Niksen may sound fun and easy, but you'll soon realize it can feel uncomfortable to just sit when you're used to having so much going on. Hamming says that's exactly why you need to do it. “Especially when it feels uncomfortable, you need much more Niksen,” she said. “Don’t feel guilty. People tend to exhaust themselves without even being aware of it. That’s why we need Niksen on a regular basis."