Things are beginning to turn around. Maybe not as fast as we thought but we are starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Is it me or did that light feel like it was from an oncoming train for a while?

The weather is getting warmer, more businesses like bowling alleys can stay open and more states are lifting mask mandates. So why are so many people still feeling such anxiety, worry, and stress?

Stress Can Kill

Stress can literally kill our brain. We are finding out that months of exposure to stress can permanently destroy neurons in our brain. That can affect learning, impulse control, and memory.

I don't know about you but I keep misplacing things and I've lost more items in the last year than I can remember...Yes, I was sorta going for a little humor there. Seriously though, I've forgotten more names, lost more keys and...I can't think of a third.

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If you're still watching the news every day that not's going to help your mental health either. The political climate feels more like a tropical storm than a sunny and 70 Thursday afternoon.

So things are getting better but you aren't feeling better yet. You aren't the only one and there is a place that you can turn. The Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST) is here for you locally.

Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier location and number

They are open on 47 Broad Avenue in Binghamton. Call them for an appointment at (607) 771-888 ext. 350. Their Peer Support Warm Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling (607) 240-7291.

If you are looking for ways to manage your stress and anxiety, MHAST recommends that you check this out and let it help ease your anxiety in an anxiety-provoking situation.

Here are some tips for self-care during the pandemic:

Ten Super Easy Ways To Give Your Mental Health a Boost