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The Lost Art of Doing Nothing: How the Dutch Unwind with Niksen

“The best thing about niksen is the absence of a goal. It doesn’t serve a purpose, but it’s wonderful.”

Don’t you think it’s time for a break? Plagued—as we are!—by nonstop pings and notifications, we have lost the knack of zoning out. Kicking back. Slacking off. Even when pandemic-induced lockdowns forcibly cleared our calendars, many who thought I’m free! filled their days with Netflix and doomscrolling. How can we reclaim our free time (planned or not) to truly rest and reset?

Vanaf nu wordt alles beter

But will it get any better?

There are a lot of dark moments in the life of Maartje Willems. As a doubter with anxiety there are many obstacles to overcome. Like becoming friends with a collegue you really like, without looking like a maniac, or how to present yourself as a freelancer, without making it sound like you never graduated kindergarten. First world problems tackled for and by a millennial. Learn from my mistakes.