Niksen: the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing

Doing nothing isn't lazy — it's an art, according to this Dutch concept.

Do Absolutely Nothing

Niksen is the Dutch lifestyle concept of literally doing nothing and letting your mind wander. Psychotherapist Katie Krimer says it can help promote creativity/reduce stress and anxiety. Krimer says niksen’s stress-reducing benefits are similar to mindfulness and meditation — but there are some key differences. In theory, this means “doing something without a purpose, like staring out the window, hanging out, or listening to music,” Carolien Hamming, a coach at CSR Centrum, an organization devoted to fighting stress and burnout according to Woolly Magazine.

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. It’s supposed to be a reprieve from societal expectations about work and productivity that permeates the culture. Niksen is similar to mindfulness, a word that’s been the subject of countless self-help books and articles over the past few years. But unlike mindfulness, niksen is not about staying in the moment and being conscious of your surroundings; it’s about letting yourself do nothing, about letting your mind go where it will without guilt or expectation.

The Danish trend ‘Hygge’ was all about creating a cosy retreat at home, and the Swedish trend 'Lagom' was all about decluttering to live with just what you need, and the Finnish concept Pantsdrunk was all about being comfortable and drinking wine in your underwear to relieve stress. Niksen is the antithesis to these active concepts and gives you permission to do nothing. The biggest benefit of niksen is that by allowing ourselves to take the time to disconnect from the world, release ourselves from expectation and goals, we allow ourselves to truly relax and recharge. It also allows us to reconnect with activities that bring you joy, and process difficult thoughts or emotions positively.


08/18/2019 10:19 AMupdated: 08/19/2019 2:24 PM
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  • Ernesto G.
    08/18/2019 10:27

    Kinda easy to do because our brains are programmed for 3 second attention spans

  • Maheshbhai J.
    08/18/2019 10:52

  • Mohd M.
    08/18/2019 11:01

    But At the same time can make people Lazy !

  • Nazmul H.
    08/18/2019 11:20

    And thats correction

  • Aamer I.
    08/18/2019 11:36

    Michael Neill likens the idea to hair dryers in hotel rooms shutting down when they overheat. Once cooled they can be turned on again. Safety measure.

  • Velarga C.
    08/18/2019 12:55

    Katie Psycho the rapist..😁

  • Ayesha A.
    08/18/2019 12:56

    we r all okay😌

  • Tasfia T.
    08/18/2019 14:50

    we're safe hon

  • Bill B.
    08/18/2019 15:32

    Eternity is the moment.

  • الشريف ن.
    08/18/2019 18:58

    Perfect. It's lot better than seeking fortune and failing miserably doing it

  • Mariam N.
    08/18/2019 19:31

    i have a phd

  • Laraib R.
    08/18/2019 19:48

    kia bat tu b artist hai shariq to picasso hua phir is ka😂

  • فاطمة ا.
    08/18/2019 19:50

    we need that😁

  • Zeenia A.
    08/18/2019 20:15

    I am an artist

  • Sukhchain S.
    08/18/2019 20:15

    . Samaj aya kuch ??

  • Sarah Z.
    08/18/2019 20:47

    une raison de plus pour vivre là bas

  • Fab Y.
    08/18/2019 21:01

    Dutch gnagnatage

  • Diana A.
    08/18/2019 22:22


  • Meryem F.
    08/18/2019 22:34

    ana katzad anxiety ou kitzad stress ! :)

  • Ilyas K.
    08/19/2019 00:03

    I know 40 million people in my country who are practicing Niksen for decade 😂😂