According to CareerBuilder.com CPA’s can work 60-80 hours, per week during tax season. Believe me I get it. My CPA is a workhorse and manages her time like guards at Fort Knox.
But there’s something else you may not be managing. Not doing so can lead to…
*Tension-type headaches affecting your concentration and accuracy when calculating your clients numbers
*Eye-strain from staring at your computer screen too long
*Lower-back pain that seems to hang around longer than you want
Like money, failing to manage these will cost you.
Managing Your Muscles
There are between 650-700 muscles in your body. They work in sets to help do certain tasks. Athletes depend on the muscles of their shoulders, legs, stomach and feet.
It’s why collegiant and pro athletes have a Personal Trainer. They help them manage their muscle function.
As a CPA you have “Accounting Muscles” you must manage. These include your shoulders, neck, facial and head muscles. Not to mention the muscles of your hands and forearms.
Managing them will keep tension headaches, cramping, pain and other muscular issues at bay. How do you do it working a tough schedule?
Here Are three, easy-to-do muscle management tips. You won’t have to hit the gym, yoga mat or treadmill!
Tip #1: Dynamic Stretching
Let’s say you have neck pain. To stretch your neck muscles, slowly move your head and neck in their natural directions. These include turning them side-to-side, etc. This is what we call “full range of motion.”
At the end of each stretch hold in place for 3-5 seconds. If you feel an increase in pain stop the stretch. You can do these types of stretches for the natural motions of your hands, wrists, forearms, etc.
Do these stretches throughout your workday. By the end of your day, your muscular pain and tension can lessen.
Tip #2: Set a Timer
Set a timer for 33-minutes. Work until the timer goes off. Take a 10-15-minute break. Take out the trash, straighten your files, go for a walk and so on. Repeat this process until you’re done with your work tasks.
This gives your brain and muscles a break. I recommend walking, because it increases circulation in your muscles and takes pressure off your “sitting muscles.”
Tip #3: Breathing Exercises
Sit somewhere comfortable. Silence your electronic devices. Close your eyes, breathe in and out, slowly. Do this 3-5 times. Open your eyes. Feel the difference?
Slowing down to breathe calms your mind, nerves and disrupts growing stress.
Practicing dynamic stretching and breathing exercises, breaks the “stress cycle” in your mind and body. You train your body throughout the day to relax.
Since you’re literally helping others be accountable, you deserve it!
Clyde McDade is a the Certified Neuromuscular Therapist at his clinic Stress Relief Solutions in Olympia, WA.