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How to Relieve Stress, According to a Neuropsychologist and a Psychologist

Date Published: August 25, 2021 |
Author: Kattie Thorndyke

Stress is a part of our daily lives, but it can begin to take over our mental and physical health.

To figure out how to beat stress, we interviewed two experts in mental health, peak performance, and psychology: New York City-based neuropsychologist Sanam Hafeez, director of Comprehend the Mind and Haley Perlus, an author and sports psychologist.

Are there ways to avoid or reduce stress right now?

“It’s important to note that stress is a natural part of life and is part of being human,” Hafeez said. “Sometimes, it can help motivate you to get something done. Other times, it can take a toll on your mental and physical health. In other words, stress is a normal human reaction and key for survival, but too much stress can be detrimental.”

Her strategy to help provide stress relief? The 4 As: avoid, alter, adapt, and accept. Here’s how it works.