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Design och medveten närvaro : Ljusets förmåga till stressreducering och uppmuntran till medveten närvaro i förskolan. / Design and mindfulness : light's ability to reduction of stress and encouraging mindfulness in preschool.

The Swedish social insurance agency provides financial support for families and children, but also for people with work injury, illness and at old age. During 2012 they saw the amount of notifications of insurance increasing in Sweden, which is a development that cost our society a great deal of money. With the aim to pursue a sustainable development I have therefore devoted this project to wellness and stress management within preschool. The employees of preschool are often dealing with a lot of stress, due to the big groups of children that causes high noise and sound levels. The high noise and sound levels is a contributor to stress which additionally can damage the health and cause impaired hearing loss. About half of the people around their forties until the age of retirement have difficulties understanding speech in large groups. The purpose of this project has been to investigate the causes of negative stress for my target group, women between 30-60 years old who works in preschool. The concept was to design a light luminaire that contributes to awareness and stress reduction for my target group in their daily working routines. The reason I have chosen to work with a target group of women is mainly because the majority consist of women that work in preschool, but also due to previous investigations that proves that woman are exposed to more stress than men. Women´s social role in society has in immemorial times been to nurture their relationships and to create a pleasant working environment. This is an issue that contributes to the stress that women are experiencing. These gender roles become the reason to why women feel a conflict between work and family life. To manage the negative stress, the Western world has implemented an Eastern stress reduction method, named mindfulness. Mindfulness is a practice of awareness, a condition in which you pay attention to the present. Training in mindfulness is applied today with the purpose to reduce stress at hospitals, education institutions and childcare.
Date January 2013
CreatorsMaviele, Therese
PublisherLinnéuniversitetet, Institutionen för design (DE)
Source SetsDiVA Archive at Upsalla University
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeStudent thesis, info:eu-repo/semantics/bachelorThesis, text

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