3 more days and counting until Tax Day! How is your stress level? I contributed to an article written on LiveScience that came out today on tax day stress relief. I thought I would write a bit more about my comments here.
I think there are a couple of main points about managing Tax Day Stress (and most kinds of stress for that matter):
Keep on Keeping on. Most of us already have at least one good coping skill on board already: walking, deep breathing, weekly book club, watching Days of Our Lives. Whatever it is – keep doing it this weekend. Resist the urge to try another, unhealthy way to cope (drinking too much, pick up cigarette smoking, go on a shopping spree).
Ask for help. Trouble figuring out the tax forms? Reading your W-2? Turning on Turbo Tax? Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Whether it’s your mom or your accountant, there’s no shame in getting assistance – this is tough stuff.
Want more ideas? Read the American Psychological Association’s tip sheet on managing Tax Day stress.
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