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The Dutch Art of Doing Nothing

Annette Lavrijsen



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Quarto Books
20 October 2020
First there was hygge, now there's niksen - a simple Dutch philosophy for anyone looking to slow down, relax and daydream.

Time is money. Stop being lazy. Do something. Everyday we're told to get up, take action and be productive: if you work hard, you'll make it. But your body is desperate for you to stop, your frantic mind craves a timeout, and your friends and family are finding you more moody and stressed than ever. It's time for some Dutch wisdom: find out when, how and why to do nothing with niksen, the Dutch 'be idle' philosophy that is taking the world by storm.

Niksen literally means to do nothing, but it's not the same thing as boredom or laziness. Niksen helps to free you from the daily grind of work, family demands and social pressure, to destress and just... stop. In this book, Dutch mindfulness expert Annette Lavrijsen shows you how, through daily practice, and by following the exercises within, you will grow comfortable with yourself, with silence and will reap niksen's countless rewards. Using this book to cultivate niksen you can:

* Find new ways to relax, slow down and combat burnout * Bust I'm-too-busy, nothingness-is-laziness myths * Honestly communicate boundaries and reset your priorities * Create a zen sanctuary that's all yours * Master the work-life balance * Boost your creativity, mood and even productivity * Raise a happy family and be a better friend Niksen is about the enjoyment of life's little pauses. It's not the easiest thing to commit to at first; we are used to having our attention and diaries consumed, and doing nothing doesn't come to us naturally. But with some sensible scheduling and a smart mindset it's easy to fit into your day, and soon will become your essential daily pick-me-up. Stop worrying about you have to do next or over analysing every thought. Instead, use your timeout to let your mind recuperate and take a moment to yourself.

Turn to this niksen manual whenever you want to declutter your mind.
By:   Annette Lavrijsen
Imprint:   Quarto Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 189mm,  Width: 151mm, 
ISBN:   9780711255234
ISBN 10:   0711255237
Pages:   144
Publication Date:   20 October 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Chapter 1: Introduction and overview Introduction to the Dutch lifestyle philosophy of nothingness. Origins, meaning and context.Chapter 2: Dare to be idle How to overcome self-imposed restrictions and shift towards a mindset where niksen is considered a meaningful part of your daily routine.Chapter 3: How to make nothing work for you Niksen: a new and fresh take on mindfulness, for people who are wary of crossing their legs in the lotus position. Find activities that work for you, and where doing becomes being. Chapter 4: Relaxed parent, happy kid In this chapter we apply the niksen philosophy to family life. We'll look at how the Dutch raise their kids, whom in numerous lists have been ranked as the happiest in the world.Chapter 5: Work less, be more productive How to create a higher work-life balance. How mental decluttering, better time management and being more direct will help you to become more relaxed and more productive.

Annette Lavrijsen is the former editor of Women's Health (Netherlands) and the author of Shinrin-Yoku (2018), now available in 5 languages. Annette divides her time between Amsterdam and Barcelona.

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