Just 72 hours in the cabin can reduce stress by up to 70 percent.
From the country that brought us the concept of “lagom” (a.k.a. the art of balanced living) and even turned something as scary-sounding as “death cleaning” into a meaningful, pleasurable experience, it’s no surprise that Sweden has designed the ultimate stress-reducing retreat. Known as 72-hour cabins, these glass tiny homes surrounded by nature on the privately-owned Henriksholm Island have been found to significantly reduce stress levels after just a three-day stay.
The cabins were originally built for a case study that took place in September 2017 to analyze the connection between stress reduction and the Swedish countryside. Year after year, Sweden ranks near the top of the list of countries with the best quality of life (in 2016, it was awarded second place by U.S. News & World Report), and Swedes’ connection to nature is often cited as one of the reasons for the country’s well-being. To study the potential effects of nature, researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm recruited five people with stressful jobs (including a taxi driver from Paris and a police officer from Munich) to live “off the grid” in one of the glass cabins for 72 hours and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and fishing. The researchers analyzed the participants’ stress, problem solving and creativity during the study, and found that after just three days, their stress levels were reduced by nearly 70 percent.
Now that the case study is complete, the cabins are available for the public to rent out—and hopefully experience the same sense of calm. Designed by Jeanna Berger, an architecture student and the daughter of the owners of the private island, these minimalist cabins offer stunning views of the nearby lake. Each cabin can be booked for one or two people and is furnished with a 47-inch-wide double bed. And once you pay for airfare, the price of newfound serenity is remarkably affordable. A single-occupancy cabin costs 6,695 SEK, or about $820, for a three-day stay with meals included. So that you get the most out of your commune with nature, canoes and kayaks are also available to rent for about $30 per day.
The cabins are currently accepting reservations for spring and summer 2018. Each booking is for a full three-day stay, so make sure to block out your vacation time now to make the most of your relaxing retreat.