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The Best Ways to Handle Stress

Jason Wong
Published Date:
Apr 15, 2016

StressStress comes with any job, and CPAs are no different. Whether you’re freaking out because you have no idea how you’ll pass the CPA exam, or doggedly trying to get through tax season, finding a way to deal with the stress is essential to success and preventing burnout. Here are some tips from Inc on how to reduce your stress:

Make rules, and follow them. It’s impossible for you to be available and at your best 24/7, so make rules for yourself to maintain separation between your work and personal life. For example, you might make a rule to always go to sleep by a certain time, or not take work-related calls or emails while out with family and friends.

Don’t multitask. You’re not wasting time by focusing on one task at a time – you’re putting your best into whatever that task is. Multitasking can lead to subpar work, and working on too many things at once can give you a sense that you’re engaged in a task of Sisyphean difficulty.

Take breaks. Make sure you take time to do things that will relax you, whether it’s meditation, a stroll around your neighborhood, or a quick power nap. The benefits of giving your brain a break are well-researched and documented, and while it might seem counter-intuitive, you’ll be more productive in the long run if you give yourself those breaks.