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UITWAAIEN

WHAT IS IT AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

‘Uitwaaien’ is a Dutch word that is used for walking into the wind, especially in the winter, for the purpose of recharging and relieving stress. ‘Uitwaaien’ is a very popular term in the Netherlands. Visiting the beach on a stormy autumn- or wintersday, strolling on the beach while the wind seems to be fighting you. Walking against the wind for an hour and a half, just to be back in 10 minutes with the wind in your back. And eventually coming home, completely relaxed and clear-minded. 

Especially in recent years, the concept of ‘uitwaaien’ has become increasingly popular. People are becoming more aware of their (mental) health. Because of this, activities that contribute to relaxation and mindfulness are becoming more popular. But how does this work? Why do we feel so clear-minded and relaxed after a day on a windy beach?

The Netherlands is a very flat country, largely situated by the sea. There is not a lot of elevation which allows the wind to pass without big obstacles. The Dutch started using the wind to their advantage many years ago. With windmills we have been generating sustainable energy. But the wind can offer us much more than just energy. The Washington Post described ‘uitwaaien’ as ‘walking into the wind’. The wind supposedly will empty your head, relax you and reset you. This coincides with the attention restoration theory, created by Rachel and Stephen Kaplan in the ‘80s. 

Source: VVV Texel

The attention restoration theory is the theory that claims that people can focus better after they have spent time in nature or even after watching footage of nature on television. This is because natural phenomena, for example the movement of clouds or the flowing of a river, are ‘soft fascinations’ for humans. They require little attention and are easy to focus on. Our brains naturally start enjoying what we’re seeing in a relaxing manner. In that moment we are not busy working our brains a lot and we can forget what keeps us busy daily. 

So, is your head full of everything on your to do list? Take an afternoon out of your week, get in one of our Hely cars and make your way to Katwijk aan Zee. Talk a walk on the beach, treat yourself to a free hot drink & delicious brownie and you’re ready to take on the world.

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