Recovering after busy season

May 01, 2012

Now that the cold weather has finally subsided, you might realize that the long hours and dreary winter days have taken their toll on even the most doggedly determined CPA.  To be at your best for your company, your clients and yourself, you need to regain your energy and focus.

Check out the tips below to help you rejuvenate after one of the most stressful times of year.

  • Reward yourself. If you made it through busy weeks of 12-hour days, pamper yourself.  Instead of catching up on laundry and housework, schedule a massage or hit the gym. You may feel guilty for the additional time spent away from family and friends, but ultimately taking care of yourself first will allow you to perform better in your personal life and at work.
  • Burn off steam. During the work day, it’s easy to never move from your desk. Since steady concentration is required during tax season, you probably didn’t have a chance to get moving.  Schedule time to leave your desk for a brisk walk around the office. Go outside and walk around the building if the weather permits. Bring your iPod to work and listen to uplifting music for a few minutes. Even read a positive affirmation or the newspaper for a mental break.
  • Try a different environment for lunch. Some of those extremely busy days likely forced you to eat at your desk, but now you should try to get out of the office or at least away from your work station for lunch. Grab a co-worker and go to your usual healthy lunch spot, or at least eat in the break room and read the paper for a few minutes to take your mind off work.  You’ll feel refreshed and refocused when you return to the grind.
  • Take care of your body. McDonald’s might’ve been your cuisine of choice after a long day of work over the past few months, but making it a regular habit could have an impact on not only your health, but also your performance at work. Similarly, drinking too much coffee to stay awake at work, or taking sleeping pills or drinking alcohol to relieve anxiety and sleep at night might provide a temporary fix but will only leave you feeling depressed and run down the next day.  Recover by eating slow-burning foods high in protein, filling up on plenty of fruits and vegetables, exercise and limiting caffeine intake.
  • Take a vacation.  If you can afford it, take a vacation either solo or with those close to you. If a getaway isn’t in the cards, plan a “staycation” in your hometown. Go to your favorite restaurant, visit the spa, treat yourself to a sporting event or concert, or just kick back with a good book. Do something nice for yourself — you’ve earned it!