Two guaranteed ways to thrive this busy season

Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2020 by Nicole Fracasso

You can’t change how others manage their stress, but you can change how you react to the situation, writes Lauren Baptiste, CPA, founder of Acheloa Wellness in a recent article from AICPA Insights. In this article, Baptiste offers two tips to help CPAs thrive this busy season.

First, Baptiste says to “find a routine that works for you and stick with it.” People tend to let themselves go during busy season. They eat meals in front of their computers and lack the necessary hours of sleep they need to perform well. Without these aspects of your day, you risk the quality of your performance, productivity and overall well-being, writes Baptiste.

“Health goes beyond the body; it extends to mindset, workplace productivity, overall energy, communication skills, empathy and much more,” she writes.

To help yourself stick to a routine, Baptiste recommends the following:

  • Wake up at the same time every day.
  • Eat meals at the same time every day.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Move your body with a walk, stretching sequence or short run.
  • Decide on a consistent clock-out time.
  • Reflect on one thing you are grateful for.
  • Go to sleep at the same time every day.

Second, Baptiste says to “see the best in others and let them know it.”  During busy times, patience tends to drop, and expectations rise. This is a vicious cycle, but it can be broken, say says.

“At least once each day, outwardly express a genuine appreciation, compliment or positive moment with a friend, family member or colleague,” she writes. “By seeing the best in others, and by letting them know you see it, you’re building a safe, trusting environment where everyone can thrive.”

Try adopting a “stress-to-thrive strategy.” You can do so by taking some time to consider the actions you can take to make this busy season better than last years. Since busy season is such an overwhelming time of the year, it’s easy to lose sight of the benefits it brings to your career.

“It’s one of our greatest opportunities to evolve and level up,” writes Baptiste.

For more advice from Baptiste, click here to read the article in full.

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