Ah. January 1st-April 15th. The months most known for celebrating the beginning of a new year, shooting Cupids arrow, the transition from winter to spring, St. Paddys Day, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Presidents of the United States.
For normal people, anyway.
But for all of you accounting professionals out there, these months have a different delineation: Tax Season. Also referred to as Busy Season (and rightfully so), its that time of year when youre scrambling to collect the necessary paperwork to assemble tax returns for individuals or businesses. This means 12 hour work days, usually including weekends, and little time to enjoy the light of day. You have no idea of whether or not the Groundhog saw its shadow or how to tell your family and friends that the only time you have available to spend with them is through your subconscious when youre asleep.
But worry not. Help is on the way! Here are 5 of our top tips to stay healthy, positive, and proactive with your life during the Busy Season.
1. Find 15-30 minutes to work out - Its a well-known fact that exercising can be of great help when it comes to relieving stress. The reason? When your body participates in physical activity, endorphins are released. These endorphins are chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers. Rememberyou dont have to produce a full days regimen at the gym in order to reap the benefits. Find 15-30 minutes when you get home, before you go to work, or on the weekends to allow your body to influence your mind. Getting into this routine wont only reduce stress, but will keep you energized, healthy, and improve alertness as well as concentration.
2. Practice a good diet - Its true what they sayyou are what you eat. And during this Busy Season, strive to be a walking vegetable, fruit, and good proteins/carbs machine. Make sure youre getting in breakfast, lunch, and dinner and that these include quality proteins (such as salmon, eggs, nuts, sunflower seeds), healthy fats (like avocados, peanut butter, olives, tofu), and high-fiber (beans, legumes, whole grains, vegetables, fruits). While its easy to skip meals when youre busy, avoid this habit. Your body needs proper nutrition to feed your brain and keep you energized. Enjoy healthy snacks in between meal periods and get in the habit of eating well regularly for optimum functioning!
3. Decompress & meditate - Find about 5-10 minutes during the day (or at the end of the day) to wrap a warm towel around your shoulders, turn on some soft instrumental music, and sit up straight with your eyes closed. Inhale deeply and slowly through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth. Do this breathing exercise a few times to slow your heart rate and lower blood pressure. Next, focus on a mantra, peaceful sound, or embrace silence to clear your mind. Partake in this decompression and meditation process to center yourself and provide some moments of clarity. Putting your mind and body in a peaceful state is a good routine to execute before putting yourself to bed.
4. Drink tea instead of coffee or energy drinks - You've probably heard that green tea has a ton of health benefits, and youre right! Green tea has been proven to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol; in addition, it can prevent some heart-related issues from high blood pressure to congestive heart failure. If grabbing your cup of joe in the morning and then powering up with an energy drink in the afternoon is your regular go-to, try indulging in green tea instead. With less than half the caffeine of those other beverages in addition to healthy antioxidants, making this switch is a win-win situation as it helps keep you awake as well as does wonders for your body.
5. Pamper yourself! - And we've saved the best for last. Remember that jacket in the storefront window you passed last week? Or the slice of cheesecake you passed on during dinner? Or maybe even the 1-hour spa massage you thought was a tad pricey? Well, you dont have to feel so bad about splurging every once in a while during Tax Season. Dont deprive yourself of the things that you enjoy or love doing. If you find yourself with a few hours window of freedom, get some you-time in and just have fun! Youll find that indulging in your favorite activity or trying something new is a great way to relieve stress while simultaneously reconnecting with the world around you.
We hope you incorporate all of these tips into your weekly regimens to get through this Busy Season as smoothly as possible! And rememberno matter how tough the going gets, youre tougher!