When you lose your home, it’s easy to feel frustrated, stressed, sad and hopeless.  Unfortunately, this is normal. Individuals who are homeless are 3 times more likely to suffer from a severe mental health condition than the general population.

Here are some mental health tips for people who lost their home.

  1. Seek free resources
    • Churches, public schools and community centers are great sources for food and can also provide resources for shelter
  2. Give yourself time before you create a plan for the future
    • It is incredibly important to step back and think about what went wrong.
  3. Seek support from trusted friends and family
    • If this is not an option, seek help from a support group or a church leader
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
  5. Stick to your routines and rituals 
  6. Stay connected to loved ones
    • Try not to isolate yourself. Stay connect with trusted loved ones.
  7. Consider meditation and deep breathing
    1. We don’t often realize that we are walking around holding our breath. Take time to breathe deeply and slowly.

How to overcome isolation

It is very common for homeowners to feel isolated, helpless, and angry when they are losing their home. The frustration with not being able to pay your mortgage can cause strained relationships between everyone living in the home. The process of grieving can be difficult and many people experience low self-esteem as a result of the loss. This can lead to a lot of isolation and substances like alcohol or illegal drugs being used to cope with the pain. If you are experiencing serious depression or loss and need help please contact a mental health professional right away.

Try to stick to a routine. If you are a runner, make sure you stick to your running schedule. If you always walk your dog during the evening hours, continue to do so. Routines are often create safe spaces to think and work through problems.

Honor your healing process

If you have a family, keep in mind their feelings. They are also experiencing loss. If your family member seems to not care, don’t take it personal. Know that they are also experiencing grief and will process it differently. Grief and frustration varies from person to person.

It is important to take care of yourself physically and emotionally after a crisis such as a loss of your home. Learn how to manage stress and build healthy relationships. Mental health can impact every aspect of your life, including your physical health, making it essential to take good care of yourself. You are not alone!