Don’t stress about tax day!

It’s ironic that tax day falls in April during National Stress Awareness Month.

Who doesn’t experience at least a little anxiety when it comes to collecting receipts, firing up the calculator, and filling out what may sometimes seem like endless forms?

Even if taxes don’t make you anxious, they still take time and can create worry and dread.

That worry and dread can spill over into our sleeping lives and cost us important hours of rest while we chase racing thoughts in the dark. 

For most of us, every day has its little stressors. You might have fought traffic getting into work, come in to find a huge stack of work waiting for you, or maybe you’re caught up preparing for a major meeting. But on those super stressful days, where everything seems to happen at once with no reprieve in sight, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

On those days when you’re moments away from pulling your hair out or punching a hole through your computer screen, take a moment to try something more productive. Nothing can eliminate all your stress at once, but these tricks can help you better manage your stress and turn your day into a much more pleasant one.

Go for a walk:  As little as 10 minutes of walking can be effective, but more couldn’t hurt–if you can get away with it.

Eat a healthy snack:  When you’re overwhelmed with stress or responsibilities, you can sometimes forget to eat. When you’re hungry, everything stressful is amplified to another level, making things seem worse than they actually are. A healthy snack can help reverse that, and even if you aren’t especially hungry, a little food can help clear your mind, release endorphins, and give you more energy to handle the day. Foods high in protein or healthy fats, like nuts, avocados, and hard-boiled eggs, are great choices, and of course, you can never go wrong with fruits and vegetables.

Practice mindfulness:  Mindfulness is a simple style of meditation that you can do anywhere at any time, for as long as you’d like.

Take a moment to reorganize:  Excess clutter is one of the easiest stressors to get rid of, and getting rid of it is one of the most stress-relieving actions you can take.

We can help you with each of these steps along the way at Doctor for Life.  Our Certified Health Coaches are trained to help you work through the clutter and make sure you work to prioritize your days and weeks.  With this organization, we find the results are very positive helping to reach health goals and maintain your Health Weight Lifestyle.  Give us a call today to discuss your goals.  864-640-0009

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