As we near the April 15th deadline for filing our tax returns, those of us who have completed this civic duty may be breathing a sigh of relief (depending on how much we owe), while those of us who are still scrambling to complete the necessary forms and get to the post office in time are racked with that familiar stress and anxiety that always seem to accompany this time of year.
Since stress is so detrimental to our overall health, we’d like to share some stress-reducing activities and techniques, courtesy of the American Institute of Stress.
Take time away from stress inducers
Listen to music, take up a hobby, volunteer for a good cause, write in a journal, play with pets, or go shopping.
Exercise for body and mind
Go for a jog or another kind of aerobic activity, practice yoga or tai chi, meditate, or pray.
Try muscle relaxation techniques
Breathe deeply, go for a massage, try visualization, or practice self-hypnosis.
Bodywork and postural techniques for tension relief
Acupuncture, acupressure, biofeedback (observing your body’s signals to determine what it needs to feel better), Alexander (method for reducing tension in the body), Reiki (Japanese relaxation and healing technique), Feldenkrais (a method for retraining the body to move more efficiently) are all reported by their practitioners to provide stress-relief.
Many people swear by the stress-reducing effects of aromatherapy, nutritional supplements like chamomile, spearmint, kava kava, adaptogens, and St. John’s wort.
Hopefully, one of these tips will help you to wind-down post tax season. If you just can’t seem to de-stress, be sure to see your doctor to make sure your health is not suffering as a result.