Most of us know about the South Korea’s ‘Space Out’ competition held last week. This Competition has become the most Bizarre competition in the World. Let us quickly know about this competition :

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The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it – Syndney J. Harris

  1.  The competition first started in the year 2014 and has slowly picked up interest among the residents.
  2. Out of 2,000 applicants, only 70 qualified and they gathered to do absolutely nothing in an open ground in Seoul for 90 minutes.
  3. Doing nothing would involve not using smart phones, not talking to each other, not sleeping, eating under the slogan of Relax your Brains.buzz_1414439482_af_org SOUTH KOREA ORGANISED A COMPETITION OF DOING 'NOTHING' - LESSONS TO BE LEARNT News offbeat                                                                       source
  4. Participants were not allowed to move around or even look here and there.
  5. In case the participants had to use the washroom or drink water, they had a special card to be shown and they could go without being disqualified.
  6. The participants blood pressure was checked in every 15 minutes, as the contestant with the most stable heart rate would win.
  7. A Panel of Judges ensured that the participants breaking the rules get disqualified.
  8. The winner this year was a Shin Hyo-Seob, a South Korean rapper . He was determined as the most spaced out, having the steadiest heart rate of the candidates left.

Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there’ – Eckhart Tolle

All of you reading this or even when I read this, found this vague and was amazed. Had someone asked me to sit for 90 minutes and do nothing, I would easily give up in twenty minutes. Then how could 2,000 people wanted to participate in this competition??? Let us learn the reason behind starting this unique competition.

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  • Competition was held to help mobile addicted and super stressed participants to ‘slow down’ (The participants of the competition were all dull and pale faced. Imagine the stress level)
  • One might not be able to sit down and do nothing alone, but when done in a group it is an achievable task.
  • South Korea ranks 37 in the world most stressed country. (source Bloomberg, 2013)hqdefault SOUTH KOREA ORGANISED A COMPETITION OF DOING 'NOTHING' - LESSONS TO BE LEARNT News offbeat
  • South Korea is ranked as the most stressful country for Children . A study conducted tells that South Korean children are the least happy and most pressured by schoolwork among developed countries.
  • The Suicide rate in South Korea is the second highest in the World according to World Health Organisation.The prevalence of suicide among elderly South Koreans is due to the amount of widespread poverty among senior citizens in South Korea, with nearly half of the country’s elderly population living below the poverty line. Combined with a poorly-funded social safety net for the elderly, this results in them killing themselves not to be a financial burden on their families (source Wikipedia)
  • The NewYork Times have described the country ‘on the verge of national nervous breakdown’

What do some of the participants have to say about participation in the ‘Space Out’ competition?

  • I was suffering from burnout syndrome at the time, but would feel extremely anxious if I was sitting around doing nothing, not being productive in one way or another,” the artist told Vice.
  • “I thought to myself: ‘We would all feel better about doing nothing if we did nothing together as a group.'”

WoopsYang was the person who started this competition. It gives us all a lesson to be learned, some of which we should certainly understand are:

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  1.  Our brains have trillions of things to be done hence suffers from Information Overload and most of us do nothing to relax the brain.
  2. Most of us are sleep deprived because we want to be updated on social media or check mails all the time via our smartphones. It takes away even the quality time we should give to our families.
  3. A country has started a competition to save its folks from getting slide in the rat race, this is an alarm for all of us to Stop and think about ourselves, Health ‘should’ be given a priority. As rightly said, “One who has Health has Hope, and he who has Hope has everything”.