It’s that super dee duper time of year again: Tax Season.
If you’re like many people, you feel increased stress around April 15. Tensions can run high from the pressure of getting the forms filed on time, or coming up with the funds to pay your (hopefully not too big) tax bill.
You owe it to yourself to keep your stress under control as much as possible. When your body is subjected to ongoing stress, unhealthy changes occur at the chemical level, and these changes can lead to food cravings and weight gain.
How does your body react to stress?When you experience stress, your body releases a hormone called cortisol. In small amounts, cortisol does not present a problem. But when the stress is chronic, such as during the weeks surrounding tax season, the concentration of cortisol in your body stays elevated with undesirable results.
For example, you will crave foods that will give you quick energy, such as candy bars and potato chips. Arguably tasty, but the presence of cortisol will cause many of these extra calories to be stored as abdominal fat.
You may also find it hard to eat in moderation while stressed because cortisol can interfere with the chemicals in your body controlling appetite.
Now for the good news…While you can never get away from all stress (nor would you want to), there are several strategies you can implement to keep it under control, thus tempering the effects on your body. Consider the following tips to outsmart stress in your life during tax season.
Use these stress-busting tips to get you through the 2019 tax season unscathed!
Looking aheadWe’ve all heard the definition of insanity is repeating the same thing expecting a different result. If you find yourself stressed about taxes EVERY SINGLE YEAR, here are a few things you can do to stop the madness.
Begin forming a plan to reduce the stress of next year’s tax time. Decide where you will keep the necessary paper work throughout the year, gather phone numbers and addresses you will need, check with your tax preparer to see if your withholdings are optimal, and start a list of notations you will need when tax day rolls around again. Make sure this is the last year that Tax Day causes you anxiety!
What do you do to relieve stress in your life? I’m always interested in new stress-busting tips! Leave a comment below.
In addition to coaching people to better fitness and nutrition, Marc enjoys writing and helping expand people's minds to live their best life.
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