Factors that influence our well-being at home
Recent studies have shown that if we want to improve our health and well-being, there is no other more relevant place to start this process than at home. And that because here we spent most of our life: around 90% indoor, from which 65% is spent at home. Although we are not aware of this, our home can visibly influence our well-being, can impact our behavior and motivation to act, facilitating or hindering socialization, also contributing to reducing or increasing stress level.
Did you know that our houses are responsible for almost every aspect of our life? The quality of sleep, the frequency of interaction with loved ones, the feeling of safety and fulfillment and many other emotional, spiritual and physical aspects help us transform, over time, a house into ”home”.
It is good to start with this thought in mind when we want to bring joy into our life by bringing to the fore those factors that translate the well-being in our homes. The design and quality of the materials used for building a house, but also the neighborhood it belongs to, considerably contribute to the health and well-being of the people who live there. For a unique and innovative result, we should look at these two constants both physically and socially, as well as mentally.
The ideal house, a sensory experience
Well-being at home is generated by light, the quality of the indoor air, thermal comfort, phonic insulation and generous, airy spaces. If all these are optimal adjusted and work synergistically, we can have a restful sleep, which visibly influences our health. Because sleep occupies a third of our life, we understand that light is the very meaning of our life, helping to regulate circadian cycles and, implicitly, maintaining a good mental health. Consequently, the spatial orientation of our houses, but also creating generous glazed spaces, with tall windows, will make them correctly dispose of sunlight, which will reach an optimal distance in the rooms, from the windows.
A good thermal comfort contributes to a good rest, but it is also important for maintaining an optimal level of humidity, which does not encourage the appearance of mites and mold, which cause respiratory and dermatological conditions. In this regard, neighborhood heating plants ensure an optimal and safe heating, eliminating the risks associated with any other type of apartment heating.
More than that, the lack of a proper ventilation can cause asthma, as well as fatigue, lack of energy and low power of concentration which can affect our health and well-being. That is why using basalt wool for thermal insulation, but also a possible ventilated facade will allow the buildings o breathe and have a very good vapor permeability. In addition, effective sound insulation to delimit the house and the quality of the outside air can help you relax, which is why any source of noise or noxious substances must be kept away. As such, an inspired idea would be for parking lots to be set up underground or in the outer areas of neighborhoods to minimize noise and air pollution, with which cars come.
The social component, essential for well-being
On the other hand, for people to be truly happy, we believe that the element of social connectivity plays a vital role in their well-being. That is why, relaxation and socializing spaces must be generous, both inside the homes, through spaces correctly optimized and sized, and outside, whether we are talking about balcony and terrace for apartments or garden for houses. An important role can be played, for example, by a community center with gym or work office, as well as dedicated spaces in interior gardens (kindergarten, commercial areas), large parks with greenery and freedom and playgrounds. In this way, as long as the connection with nature, one of the basic needs of people, is met in a balanced way, they will stay active and, implicitly, healthy and happy.
We believe that the factors that influence well-being at home are a mix of simple, but precious things. They come to life when we connect to ourselves, to what really matters for us and for those who we love. This feeling of belonging to one’s own home is permanently nourished by the perfect harmonization of indoor and outdoor, both from a bodily point of view and in terms of spacial ambivalence outdoor-indoor.
So, ask yourself: is well-being present in your nest? When you are home do you feel that you have reached yourself, that you are recovering and that you are happy? If you still don’t have an answer, let yourself inspired by h4l projects, which meet all the conditions to bring well-being in your life and make the best choice for you and your family.