How to defeat last-minute filer stress syndrome
All sorts of blanks remain unfilled on your 1040 form. A pile of income statements and receipts sits in front of you, waiting to be put in some semblance of order. Time is running short. Your head hurts. Your teeth are grinding. And you still don't know where to find a copy of Schedule B, or whether you even need a Schedule B in the first place.
You are yet another victim of tax anxiety.
Experts say this is no laughing matter. After all, death and taxes are always being mentioned in the same breath. What should you do?
Consider exercise, deep breathing, meditation or yoga. All are proven stress busters. Laughter and sleep, while slightly more difficult at this time of year, also help defeat anxiety. One recent study found that adults who sleep six hours or less each night are significantly more likely than others to feel great stress every day.
Proponents of herbal remedies say several herbs, including chamomile, valerian, and St. John's wort can help relieve stress.
As a last resort, the IRS has the most potent solution of them all -- also known as an extension -- at http://www.irs.ustreas.gov/prod/forms_pubs/extensions.html.
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