For many people, there is no other season of the year more stressful than tax time. While the great majority of this stress can be reduced by working with a knowledgeable CPA, some folks can’t help having some lingering stress. And if you’re a CPA yourself – well, stress often becomes your constant companion!
It’s crunch time, and you’re working your butt off, but don’t forget to take some time to unwind. We all know how easily burnout can happen. Here are a few ideas of quick, stress-relieving activities you can weave into your day.
- Meditating is perfect for the extremely busy person because just five minutes a day can make a big difference. I promise you can afford five minutes in the middle of the day to close your eyes and breathe deep. Here’s a video to get you started.
- Petting a dog or cat can be very therapeutic after a long day. If you aren’t fortunate enough to have a canine or feline companion, consider a visit to your local animal shelter. If you’re not into pets, at least pull open YouTube for some cat videos – seriously, science says so!
- Eliminate clutter in your office and in your home. Working in a crowded environment where protein bar wrappers and paperclips get in the way will only increase your stress level! Take a moment to straighten up and then perhaps do the same to your home, so you have a soothing place to relax at the end of the day.
- Music of all sorts is great for releasing tension. Sing if you’d like, or just put on some relaxing tunes. Music is well known as a powerful tool for calming the brain.
- Exercise – and I know everyone’s groaning – is a proven way to reduce stress. Squeeze in a quick workout before work in the morning and see if you feel a difference. A little can go a long way.
- Massage may not seem like an option due to cost, but your health is worth it! A massage won’t just loosen you physically; it gives your mind a chance to breathe as well. If you truly can’t afford professional massage, here are some ideas for self-massage that are worth trying.
Stress doesn’t have to win during tax-time. Remember that your health – both physical and mental – is a priority. No one is very efficient or productive when they’re drowning in stress. Take your favorite idea and put it into practice today!