Decent, affordable housing reduces stress. One of the main points of Sanctuary place is to provide housing to those who are homeless – but how do people become homeless? Many surveys have found that stress is a high contributor too many issues in people’s lives. Stress when exacerbated, can cause fear, worry, chronic health or mental health issues, and, in extreme circumstances, homelessness.
Coping with stress can be hard, but dealing with stress in a healthy way will make yourself, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Especially in these uncertain times like during the COVID pandemic, and depending on your background, your support, your financial situation, your health and emotional background or the community you live in, your brain will react differently to stress than others.
Healthy ways to cope with stress can include:
- Knowing what to do if you are sick or possibly concerned about COVID,
- Knowing how and where to get treatments for different issues you may be facing,
- Taking care of your emotional needs,
- Taking breaks from media and social media,
- Taking care of your body, or
- Connecting with community or faith-based organisations.