In between trips
Ever feel like you’ve been running around all day, but haven’t crossed anything off your to-do list? Then you might just benefit from doing less. Remember that there’s a very big difference between being busy and being productive. And that, while it might seem counter-intuitive, taking time to rest and reflect can actually boost your ability to get things done.
That’s where niksen comes in, which essentially means ‘to be idle’ and is used in Holland to describe the art of doing nothing and having zero objective or aim. Think of like this: while mindfulness and meditation encourages us to be aware, niksen is rooted in quiet contemplation in which there is no end goal.
If something triggers a happy holiday memory, stop what you are doing and allow yourself to daydream for a little while. Both your brain and body will thank you for the break from reality, and the practice can strengthen your long-term recall. Set aside a space in your home that’s your sanctuary, then look through photos from previous trips or maps of places you plan to visit to encourage some mental globetrotting during your niksen time.