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Preparing for tax season

Tax season is upon us which means preparation is crucial for success. For some, a system has been established to ensure smooth sailing during this otherwise stressful time. For others, tax season can bring uneasiness and unneeded stress.

Here are four helpful tips to help you de-stress and come out on top this tax season:

  • Turn off your smartphone. The quiet will allow you to focus on what is important. Smartphones are linked to an increase in stress because of the added stress for an immediate response, so by taking a 5, 10, or 30-minute break without the unnecessary stress, you will be able to conquer the daunting tax numbers with a clearer mind.
  • Organize your desk and your tax forms. By organizing your workplace, you will be able to find necessary documents and reports, resulting in a smoother tax process. Organization will help make a path for sanity in what may feel like a world filled with chaos.
  • Get moving. Establish a routine of exercise for at least 20 minutes to allow for a reduction in stress levels and circulation to continue to flow. Exercise has been proven to reduce stress and release endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in the brain.
  • Create a positive work day and smile. When you are unhappy, being positive and smiling can improve your mood and outlook on life. Not only are they both contagious but it also strengthens your immune system, ensuring you get through the tax season, illness and stress-free.

Remember to set calendar reminders for tax due dates to reduce stress levels as well.

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