On day 30 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I chose the act of paying my taxes as my self-care activity. (I know, crazy right?)
I can think of a hundred things I’d rather do on a Friday afternoon than gathering documents for my CPA, but nevertheless it’s something that has to be done.
The connection between taxes and self-care may not be an obvious one, but when you consider the relationship in a broader context it becomes clearer. Preparing tax documents forces us to to take a closer look at our finances, and it also gives us an opportunity to course correct our spending habits if we find things are out of balance.
When our finances are healthy, it has a positive impact on the other dimensions of our health; when it’s unhealthy, it creates a source of stress that can be damaging. Living in financial harmony is a vital element of well-being, and it shouldn’t be something we only pay attention to when it’s time to pay taxes or in a time of crisis.
As you sort through your W-2’s and 1099’s this year, do it with a spirit of gratitude. The fact that you get to pay taxes means you also have freedom.