5 Stress-Relief Tips, Just in Time for Tax Deadline! April 08 2015, 0 Comments

We all know the key to looking good is feeling good on the inside. That means getting enough sleep, eating the right foods and keeping your stress level as low as possible. But that can be hard to do with April 15 looming in the near horizon! Whether you’re working on an individual tax return or you own your own business and have to keep track of expenses and maybe even work with an accountant, the forms, receipts and that ever-present deadline can be a big stress in our lives. And who wants to feel stressed when the grass is getting greener, trees are getting buds and flowers are blooming all over the place?

Just in time for tax season, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite stress relief techniques. Practice a few of these to get you through April 15, or any time you’re feeling a little overwhelmed. They work wonders!

  1. Just Breathe. It might seem simple, but taking a few minutes to do a deep-breathing exercise has been shown to slow the heart rate and lower blood pressure. Close your eyes, sit up straight, and slowly inhale, taking air in all the way down to your abdomen. Then exhale just as slowly, letting all that stress escape with your breath through your mouth.
  2. Practice Progressive Relaxation. This one takes the breathing a step further to concentrate on relaxing your muscles. Lay down flat and make sure your clothing is comfortable. Contract the muscles in your left foot, count to ten, then release. Do the same for your right foot, and progressively move up your body, one muscle group at a time, legs, hands, and arms. When you’re finished, you’ll feel as light as air.
  3. Chew Gum. Right up there with breathing, this is pretty easy. Studies have shown that chewing gum reduces cortisol levels, the chemical that causes us to feel stressed.
  4. Talk to Someone. Pick up the phone and call a friend or relative, or meet up with a friend or your spouse/significant other for lunch. Sharing what’s going on in your day is a great way to get things off your chest, and maybe even get some valuable feedback.
  5. Get some Exercise. Whether it’s a walk with the dog, throwing Frisbee with your kids or just taking a break from your office chair to walk up and down some steps, getting moving is a great way to relieve stress.

And don’t forget, April 16 is a pretty important date as well, it’s National Healthcare Decision Day. Once you’ve turned in those 1040s to Uncle Sam, sit down with your loved ones and have a discussion about your end of life wishes, and get it down in writing. It’s one of the best things you can do to relieve the stress of not knowing what your loved one would want should an unexpected illness or accident occur. Do it for you and your family’s peace of mind.


Happy Tax Day April 15, Happy Healthcare Decisions Day April 16, and Happy Go Free Day – a day you can enjoy every day of the year!