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I’m almost halfway through Nutrition School and one of the foundations that our course material keeps returning to is stress.


Stress negatively impacts every system in our body.  I notice that so many people often say, “I’m so busy, I’m so stressed, I have so much to do”.  It’s almost a badge of honor in our culture to always have a full calendar of obligations.


It’s a reminder that you’re a human being and not a human doing.


My best friend sent me an article about the Dutch who are consistently ranked as some of the happiest people in the world.  They practice “niksen” or the art of doing nothing.


Here are some key ways to apply “niksen” to your own life:


Unapologetically take breaks or holidays.  This will help you regain some composure, find calm, and prevent burnout.


Figure out what time of day you’re most creative and productive.  Honor your unique chronotype.


Get together with family or friends and go for a walk, bike ride, or play a game.


I allowed myself a nap one Sunday and my Oura ring which tracks health metrics was delighted and gave me a higher score for the day.  It was a huge reminder that rest is productive.


My brother and I would call our Mom when she was in Assisted Living (at the age of 90!) and ask her how she was doing and she would respond with, “I’m being lazy or I’m relaxing”.  


It amused both of us because I only remember her being on the go when we were kids.  She delighted in her rest and relaxation.


What’s one thing you can take off your calendar or to-do list so that you can delight in doing nothing?

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