After Lagom and Hygge, mindful lifestyles which are well known already, Niksen is the next step to take. Coming from the Netherlands it is not only about feeling cosy at home, it really is about doing nothing. People reduce their stress by doing nothing, or at least nothing that has a specific goal.
Many people think free time is all about doing sports, meeting friends, going to an exhibition or to restaurants – but these are all active breaks and can turn into stress. Niksen tries to convey the message of how important it is to take a conscious pause. This can be a walk through the forest, listening to music at home on your couch, or just looking out of the window. It does not matter which way of relaxation you choose, it matters what you think and this should be nothing. During a conscious pause all thoughts about your next appointment, presentation or your to-do list must be deleted from your thoughts. Regular conscious pauses lead to better sleep, more energy and concentration. Often people report on creative ideas and inspiration they get during or after conscious breaks. Especially in these stressful times it is better to press the pause button early than to risk burnout.
A beauty ritual can be a perfect way to Niksen. It engages all your senses and helps you to focus on what you see, smell and feel. Enjoying a face mask for example gives you time to relax and makes you feel and look better, leaving you and your skin with a feeling of well-being.