While several studies cite the holiday season as being one of the most stressful parts of the year, most would argue that tax season is a close second.
Which is why it is no coincidence that April is nationally recognized as Stress Awareness Month.
Recent studies have found that an average of 75 percent of Americans regularly experience symptoms of stress (73% psychological symptoms and 77% physical symptoms). In addition, in the past five years 48 percent of Americans have reported feeling an increase in stress.
Among the top causes of stress for Americans are: work, money, and health. In fact, stress costs Americans nearly $300 billion annually in stress-related healthcare and missed work. Not to mention, stressed workers are generally 10 percent less productive than their counterparts.
That’s enough about stress, though. Let’s talk about how you can manage it. Everyone has their own way of healthily dealing with stress, some enjoy the gym while others enjoy the serenity of a garden, listening to music, or taking a long walk in nature. We have compiled a list of several simple ways you can ease the stress from tax season.
Stress can often be a side effect of a hectic life. Taking the time to plan your week out, planning meals, chores, errands, and relaxation time can be a great way to relieve some of the stress you feel.
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is a critical component to reducing stress. It’s important to have time set aside for family, friends, hobbies, and most importantly you.
Much like we mentioned earlier, it’s important to maintain a healthy balance in life, and sometimes that means saying no to friends or optional overtime to focus on regrouping and regaining strength.
It is important to discover what is causing you stress. Understanding your stress trigger can help you reduce or even eliminate it from your life.
Exercise is a good way to get your mind off stress and the endorphins released into your body will help melt the stress away as well.
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