It's no secret that the space you live in has an effect on your mental health and wellbeing. If you live in a loud, cluttered, or overly dark home, your mental health will reflect this — or at least that's the idea. Visit Sweden went out to test this theory by building beautiful, simple glass cabins in the peaceful wilderness of Dalsland, Sweden, and dropping some very stressed out individuals off to test them out for 72 hours, sans technology. They want to persuade future visitors to Sweden that the country's 'close to nature' lifestyle is worth checking out.
The stressed to the max subjects partaking in this case study included a taxi driver from Paris, a journalist from London, a police officer from Munich, a broadcaster from London, and an event coordinator from New York. Upon arrival on September 7, their blood pressure and heart rates were measured. They also administered a self-assessment test where the status of their current well-being and connection to nature was examined. A remote associates test was carried out to study their problem-solving ability and creativity, as well. Naturally, the same tests were done again at the end of the 72 hours. During the case study, the participants got to sleep in their very own glass cabins, go fishing, swim, spend time together, and generally just enjoy everything Swedish nature has to offer.
Today, the results are in. The participant's stress levels decreased by almost 70 percent in regard to systolic blood pressure, heart rate, creativity, and well-being. Who would have thought!
And the most fun part? These stunning glass cabins are now available for reservation for your very own 72 hours of bliss here. Even if you can't charter a plane to Sweden, the lesson is universal: spending time in nature — specifically in a clean, quiet, and bright space — can work wonders.