Apartment living: a recipe for wellbeing

Apartment living: a recipe for wellbeing

There are many advantages to living in an apartment building. From access to a city’s amenities, improved safety and security, and better views over an urban skyline, there’s no shortage of appeal. But one benefit that is perhaps less well understood is how living in an apartment can genuinely improve wellbeing.

Your personal environment can have a huge influence on your health and wellbeing, with both home and work spaces having the ability to elevate your physical, emotional and mental state. In our latest blog post we explore apartment living for wellbeing so you can reap the rewards of a happier, healthier and more positive you.

 

Apartments encourage minimalism

While apartments may not have acres of land or garages and lofts to accommodate decades of worldly goods, this can actually be a good thing. Too often people accumulate unnecessary items or hold on to appliances, trinkets, clothes and books that they never intend to use again? Instead, apartment living helps to focus the mind on what is important, so that you only retain the items that are useful in life.

It’s worth bearing in mind that if you have a stash of memorabilia that means a lot to you or have a passion for collecting old vinyl, well laid out luxury apartments like Quartermile still provide ample storage space. Yet, if you want to make the most of your living space it’s important not to let this spill over into hording of unessential items. This practice can often cause you to lose track of the important items you own as they become buried deeper and deeper underneath mountains of less important items.

Spacious apartments with less clutter have been proven to help people keep calm and focused, even when you are at your most stressed. Working or relaxing in an orderly, clean space is always preferable to one that is overwhelmingly full of things that can attach your senses. In addition to giving you more peace of mind in your daily life, choosing to live a more minimalist lifestyle will also allow those more important features in your home breathe.  

 

Take in the green, open space

This may be one sentiment that isn’t usually connected with high-rise living but if you look carefully, you’ll find that modern apartment buildings and hotels are getting more green and lush in the 21st century. In fact, high-rise gardening is set to be the trend of the next decade. Look at the Park Royal on Pickering Hotel in Singapore, for example, or the Bosco Verticale currently being built in Milan. We all know that greenery is good for air quality and the wider environment, and it is also easier on the eye.

Fortunately, at Quartermile, there is no shortage of foliage on hand: simply look out over The Meadows and residents can enjoy 60 acres of beautiful parkland for a healthier way of life. The stunning natural views at Quartermile provide the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, making home a more serene and tranquil place than would be the case in an urban jungle filled only with ton upon ton of concrete.

Of course, the benefits of open parkland don’t stop at improving air quality and environmental credentials. When you are not taking in the views from your window, these spaces also provide the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs – whether it’s running, cycling, playing sports or simply taking a walk on a clear weekend

 

Keep your mind open and stimulated

Better health and wellbeing isn’t just about creating and enjoying a calm and tranquil setting; it’s also about mental stimulation and finding excitement in day-to-day life. Surrounding oneself with the right kind of attractions, amusements and recreational activities is part and parcel of that – something that is found more easily in luxury city apartment buildings. For residents at Quartermile, being based in a city like Edinburgh opens up a world of new experiences and opportunities.

As well as providing the environment and facilities to keep active, learning new things is a key part of building confidence. Whatever your preference, whether you want to experience more music gigs, theatre productions, fine dining or simply have a whole host of bars and cafes at your disposal, Edinburgh has the activities to keep you occupied. And, of course, you are only ever a street away from some all-important retail therapy.

With its proud history and heritage, staying connected culturally is easy at Quartermile, too. Alongside its cultural attractions, all year round there are events hosted throughout the city, from the outdoor festivals located right on Quartermile’s doorstep (the Meadows is home to the city’s International Book Festival every year) to the events that keep us entranced from season to season.

 

A sense of community

Connecting with the people around you – whether that’s family, friends, work colleagues or neighbours – is an important part of boosting wellbeing, and the sense of community present in an apartment block certainly makes life more fun.

At Quartermile, for instance, the presence of shops, cafes, restaurants and gyms in the district help to create a vibrant atmosphere that is ideal for not only young professionals, but also families and down-sizers. And this element of fun has been proven to improve the quality of people’s lives.

 

Affordability for wellbeing

We all know that money doesn’t equal happiness. Cash in the bank may provide security but to really feel the benefit of wealth we need to use it in ways that enrich our lives. Thanks to the affordability of new city apartments, homeowners can help to increase their disposable income and use those funds for the simple pleasures in life. Whether you love a trip to the cinema, regular trips to the spa for a relaxing treatment or even a romantic meal for two, having a little extra cash in your pocket is only of use if you use it to indulge in the activities that really make life worth living.

 

How to create a welcoming atmosphere at home

Regardless of whether you live in a bungalow, a 7-bedroom mansion or a luxury apartment in Edinburgh, making your property feel like home can go a long way towards ensuring greater wellbeing. Indeed, adding just a few personal touches here and there can make all the difference. The scent of your apartment can have a major impact on your mental wellbeing.

Comfort and pleasure starts with lighting. If you need a pick-me-up to make you feel awake and active you may want to have your bright ceiling LEDs firing. Or for a more intimate feel, you may wish to rely on lamps and candles for a more delicate form of illumination on those evenings when you want to do nothing more than chill out.

Next comes scent. Lavender is a great choice for those looking to soothe their worries away. Light a lavender candle or apply lavender oil to your pillow or bath for a truly calming scent.

Once you’ve ticked two of your senses off, why not move onto touch? Choosing the right textures for your sofas, cushions and blankets is key to getting the right ambience for your sanctuary.

All of these aspects of interior design have been found to play an important role in wellbeing. The clean contemporary lines of Quartermile apartments in Edinburgh offer the perfect canvas on which to make your individual mark and let your personality shine through in the process.

Ready to make a move in 2017? Why not book an appointment today on 0845 000 2525 and take that first step towards a bright future.

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