NIKSEN

 

Let's all start practice NIKSEN.

Today when the COVID-19 is crippling an entire globe, when the uncertainty is hanging over us, the vulnerability present and the fragility inevitable - Lets join elbows. Take a deep breath and... Do Nothing!

Between hygge, the Danish concept of coziness, and Sweden’s lagom, which encourages living a balanced life, there are plenty of buzzy Nordic lifestyle methods that proponents claim will make you a better person. But if your problem is less about finding happiness and more about tuning out the nagging voices in your head, you may want to head slightly south and check out the Dutch concept of niksen.

Niksen is a stress-reducing practice from the Netherlands that literally means to do nothing, or to be idle. In (non)practice, this means “doing something without a purpose, like staring out the window, hanging out, or listening to music,”

Instead of constantly occupying your mind with what you need to do next or bouncing from one task to another, niksen is the practice of slowing it all down. As Mecking writes, it’s a welcome reprieve from societal expectations about work and productivity that permeates the culture.