How real estate helps Filipinos’ well-being

Verdant features help us breathe better and relax.

Did you know that Filipinos are among the most stressed people in the world?

According to a survey by Gallup, an international analytics and advice firm, Filipinos ranked as the second most stressed population in 2018, next to Greece. Philippine respondents to the survey cited that they were stressed prior to taking the exam. Our country further ranks the second most emotional country in the world, coming second to Niger.


Based on these statistics, it appears that we, Filipinos, would need to take it easy.

Nowadays, there are many avenues we can use to alleviate a highly stressed lifestyle. Food, work, travel, and recently, real estate can be used as tools to combat worry and fatigue on a daily basis. The last element, in particular, is a new way by which we can take control of our stresses and relax more.


Here are some features in real estate developments that can help us heal and lead a healthier lifestyle.

Smart home elements

The modern home aims to ease the lifestyle of residents. With today’s technology, people today can control lighting, temperature, airconditioning and other elements with a push of a button or the use of a mobile app.

There are also ways you can ensure your security by controlling smoke detectors and electrical plugs. In addition, motion-sensor switches allow you to exert less effort in using various items at home.

USB slots scattered around the house, meanwhile, will enable us to play relaxing music wherever we are.

These automated features help us take charge of our living conditions and set up a healthy environment at home. With the use of technology, we are able to make our home a comfortable and beneficial place to live in. We also get to save on electricity and other utility bills as smart homes ensure that everything gets switched off when not in use.

Indoor fitness gyms help us mantain our exercise regimens.

Fitness amenities


Another way real estate contributes to a stress-free lifestyle is through its offerings of fitness amenities.

Many condominiums today are fitted with swimming pools, gyms, jogging paths, and the like to ensure that residents can practice an active lifestyle. These allow us to pursue our hobbies and exercise regimens without having to travel far from home. It also encourages us to maintain these healthy pursuits as we finally have no more excuses to miss out on our active endeavors.

By living in places that promote wellness, we are also exposed to like-minded neighbors who could provide emotional support. We can make friends with the same people who use the facilities and even set up dates with them to pursue similar activities. You can find a jogging buddy or a gym spotter with the same people you encounter every day. This helps us develop not only our physical strength but also our emotional capacities.

Color in our surroundings affects our moods and attitudes.

Color psychology

The color of our living spaces also affects our moods and attitudes. Blue encourages us to be productive; green promotes peace and health; red stimulates energy; while yellow is said to help increase metabolism and provide security.

Well chosen colors at home can influence the way we think and approach our daily activities. By incorporating these elements in common spaces, real estate developers can help condominium residents leave their stresses at the door. Even upon entrance to the building, homeowners are already greeted with colors that allow them to leave their worries behind and relax on the way to their units. These make a significant impact as we begin our workday or prepare to rest for the night.

Biophilic considerations

Biophilia is man’s way of connecting with nature and other living forms. Rather than filling our buildings with artificial features, biophilic design aims to be as natural as possible to allow us to live healthy. Features such as natural lighting and ventilation, landscaping and organic materials allow us to easily adapt to new environments and ease up on living.

In a highly-urbanized environment, this is essential as it helps us remember our human needs and natural tendencies. It encourages us to maintain a connection to the natural world and forego a robotic, mundane life.

Green features

Still biophilic in character, green features allow us to live with other living forms and connect with nature. Amenities such as sky deck gardens, vertical greeneries and indoor plants allow us to breathe better and relax our eyes. They have also been proven to alleviate stress and give our minds a visual break from our domestic and work concerns. These features can also be used to practice feng shui and maintain a harmonious, well-balanced home.

Overall, real estate has become an effective tool in society today to alleviate our stresses and ease our worries.

In the Philippines, Ortigas & Co. is leading the pursuit of a stress-free lifestyle by incorporating wellness features in its most recent development, the Empress, located within Capitol Commons. With buildings and homes like these, we can hope that Filipinos would be able to relax and enjoy life more even in their domestic setting.

Sources: https://news.gallup.com; https://www.singhhomes.com

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