Today is April 15th and that means one thing: TAX DAY.

If you are stressed about your taxes, or anything else, it may be time for you to take a step back and consider some tips for de stressing.

Stress is not only…well, stressful…it can take its toll on your health. If you do not manage your stress, it can cause real damage. The effects of stress include elevated blood pressure, suppressed immune system, and increased risk of heart attack and stroke, to name a few.

The good news is that you have the power within to decrease your stress. You may not be able to control what is happening around you, but you can control how you respond. Incorporating one or more of these suggestions into your lifestyle will go a long way in lowering your stress level and improving your overall health.

1. Exercise – Nothing beats a walk around the block or a jaunt down to the neighborhood park. Get out of your environment, whether it’s home or work, and get the blood flowing.

2. Meditate – The rewards of practicing 10 minutes of deep breathing exercises daily may surprise you. Meditation has real physiological benefits.

3. Laugh – Call your favorite funny friend or rent a comedy. Laughter truly is the best medicine.

4. Get some fresh air – Sometimes we literally just need to “stop and smell the roses” to feel better. Take a full, deep breathe and open up your lungs.

5. Write – If you find your thoughts spinning out of control, grab a pen and a piece of paper and write them down. Once you get everything out of your brain and onto paper, chances are your problems may not seem so big.

How do you deal with stress? If you have more suggestions to add to this list, let us know! Happy Tax Day.