Attention Accountants: Why It’s Time to “Wage War” on Your Stress

You may not have read about it in the “Journal of Accountancy.” It’s possible it wasn’t mentioned in the “The CPA Journal.” But it was briefly mentioned in “Accounting Today.”

According to this leading publication for accounting pros, 48% of Accountants shared they’re stress is increasing, due to their work.

If you’re a hard-charging, get-it-done-right CPA who doesn’t leave the office till the job is done, this article is for you. Here are three reasons it’s time for you to “wage war” on your stress.

Reason #1: Long Work Hours

Of the 1.4 million Accountants in America, most work 40-hour-a-week jobs. That’s not always the case. Some work 50-hours. Accountants in private practice can work as many as 80-hours. These long work hours increase muscle tension and raise your stress levels.

Reason #2: Stress Affects Your “Thinking Muscles”

Most Accountants are not aware of their “Thinking Muscles.” These are muscles when too stressed can affect your thinking. One muscle called, “Levator Scapula”, starts at the tip of either shoulder blade and attaches to the first seven vertebrae of your neck.

When this muscle gets too tight it can shoot pain up and down your neck, shoulder and arm. It’s notorious for causing severe tension-type headaches on the side of your head. These symptoms can affect your thinking.

Here’s a stretch you can do at work.

Reason #3: “Seasonal Stress”

The term “Tax Season” can drive Accountants into hiding. And depending on your clients, quarterly tax season can be a bear. You’re prone to work longer hours, eat poorly and affect relationships. The physical and relational stress takes its toll over time.

These three reasons to wage war on your stress, points to one fact…

You’re stuck in a cycle of stress.

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Clyde McDade is a Certified Neuromuscular Therapist in Olympia, WA.