Post-Tax Season Stress Relief
May 8, 2013
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As an accountant, you must work diligently to file taxes for your clients before the April 15 deadline. This can cause a lot of stress, especially because it requires a lot of multitasking. Accountants have been known to suffer from exhaustion, poor sleep and even indigestion during tax season.
If you are considering accounting programs, you should become familiar with ways to relax after your busy season has ended – and ways to make next year less stressful.
Take a Vacation
If possible, take some time off after April 15. Working towards that date is climatic and hectic. After you have accomplished everything you need to do, you can reward yourself and take some time to unwind. Even if you just take a few days to relax at home with your family, your mind and body will appreciate the rest.
This could be especially beneficial if you plan the vacation in advance. As you work throughout tax season, you can visualize your vacation during moments of extreme stress. Knowing there will be time to recuperate after tax season may inspire you to work harder in the interim.
Spend Time with Your Support System
Tax season may require you to work long hours in the office. This can mean spending less time with your family and friends, who are essential members of your support system and outlets for stress. But when the season ends, you can spend more time with them.
Make it a habit to block out time for your loved ones throughout the year. You may feel grounded and balanced, even during tax season.
Work with Clients throughout the Year
After tax season has ended, invite your clients to tutorial sessions or one-on-one meetings to prepare for the following year.
Teach your clients good habits for throughout the year. Show them how to put similar expenses in separate files on a quarterly basis with headings and how to separate and catalog bank statements and credit card statements. If you take the time to show your clients how to circle expenses on their statements, you can easily see expenditures and avoid last minute rummaging.
Remember to call your clients early in the year. They can gather their materials in advance, thereby helping you avoid that last minute crunch.
Eat Well and Stay in Shape
This is a good tip throughout the year, but may be especially beneficial to you during and immediately after tax season.
Eating well-rounded, healthy meals and staying hydrated can greatly impact you. You may feel more alert and avoid mid-afternoon crashes. You can spend more time being productive and less time feeling sleepy or bloated.
Maintaining a good diet is also essential to staying healthy. It may be detrimental to you if you become sick during tax season. You also want to avoid crashing after the season has ended. Stay away from fast food, which seems convenient during that stressful time of year, and remember to eat three meals a day. Healthy snacks between meals can also boast energy.
Furthermore, you should take some time away from your desk every day. Even if you are only doing simply stretches in your office, you should get out of your chair and move. This too will increase your productivity because you are increasing your blood flow and utilizing the energy you have stored from meals.
Remember to turn these practices into habits throughout the year. Tax season may seem less stressful next year when these stress relief habits are a part of your daily routine.
Think you could tackle a busy tax season with ease? Consider a future in the field and pursue an accounting degree today.
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