The Impact of Co-Living on Mental Health and Well-Being

2 August 2023

The Impact of Co-Living on Mental Health and Well-Being

Did you know? Apart from being able to enjoy living in affordable, fully-furnished rooms located conveniently islandwide, choosing to live in a co-living space can also contribute to your mental health and well-being. Here’s what communal living can do for you. 

1. Opportunities for Social Connection and Support

Communal living areas are key aspects of co-living that make it what it is. From lounge rooms to social kitchens, these spaces encourage members to gather, interact, and forge new friendships. These interactions can be vital in times of emotional distress or when you need someone from whom to seek advice and support. 

Community events are also frequently organised in co-living spaces to provide more opportunities for socialisation and for members to expand their social circle. 

Whether you’re an introvert on the extreme end of the spectrum or a social butterfly with a love for meeting new people, these social interactions can be extremely beneficial. 

Learn More: The Social Benefits of Co Living in Singapore

2. Reduced Feelings of Loneliness

If you’re wondering what social interactions can do for you besides fostering new friendships, here’s the answer: it can combat negative effects of loneliness.

Feelings of loneliness are inevitable, especially in today’s fast-paced, digitally-connected world. While being alone isn’t exactly bad, too much of loneliness can increase your risk of certain mental health issues like depression and anxiety. This is why it is important for everyone to have some form of social interaction once in a while. Even simply engaging in casual conversation while crossing paths with someone in your co-living space can help you foster strong friendships and reduce the likelihood of feeling isolated and lonely. 

Regularly spending time with your newfound friends can also enhance feelings of belonging and lead to improved mental health.

3. Improved Mood

Improved Mood-co-living space

Regular interactions and healthy relationships with other membersmembers create a positive environment and opportunities for everyone to share stories and experiences. These sessions of chatter release the body’s feel-good hormones, like endorphins and oxytocin, to enhance one’s mood. Some of these hormones can even help to promote feelings of relaxation and counteract the effects of stress hormones. 

4. Cognitive Stimulation

Another distinct characteristic of co-living is the profile of people living within the same space. While there are a handful of local Singaporeans living in a co-living space, most of the members do come from different parts of the world and are here for different reasons. 

Living in close quarters means getting the chance to interact with people from all walks of life. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your horizons, see new perspectives, gain more knowledge, and adopt innovative ways of thinking, all of which enriches your experiences, stimulates your cognitive processes and improves overall mental agility. 

Additionally, having to live with people other than your family also forces you to pick up stronger interpersonal skills in order to navigate different emotions and perspectives much more effectively. This can lead to better social interactions and help improve your decision-making abilities. 

Cognitive Stimulation-apartments for rent in Singapore

If the numerous advantages and benefits of co-living interests you, perhaps it’s time for you to step out of your comfort zone and try co-living yourself. 

Coliwoo offers a variety of serviced apartments for rent in Singapore. Whether you’re looking for a place within a quiet neighbourhood or a district bustling with life, we have just the right place for you. Check out our list of properties here