newyear2014And, in hopes to make you happy, here are some tips for staying healthy during tax season.

Wash Your Hands. 

Did you hear your mother when you read that? Turns out, mom was right. The number one way to cut down on the spread of germs is to use soap and water on those digits.

Put the Phone Down. 

And wipe it! Your land line, your cell phone and your office phone all need to get a good disinfecting at least once a week. While you’re wiping down the office phone, hit the keyboard and mouse too.

Clean The Vents in Your House. 

For efficiency and better health, change out your duct vent filters. Don’t overlook the exhaust fan in your bathroom (a common cause of fires). Here is a quick tip to get them clean: use the same can of compressed air you use to clean your computer keyboard to blow the dust out of those vents. Turn the fan on while you do it so it pulls the dust through the vent.

Get Enough Sleep. 

We should strive to get six to eight hours of sleep each night. If you’re having trouble sleeping add a workout into your daily routine, it will help with sleeplessness. Both sleep and exercise will keep you healthy.

Watch What You Eat. 

Colder weather prevents us from participating in outdoor activities. Indoor activities can mean curling up with a bag of chips. The winter months can double the damage to our immune systems. You might want to consider vitamin supplements as well. Vitamin D (which we get from the sunshine) has been linked to preventing colds.

Sometimes we do all of the above and then some but still get sick. Remember the “use it or lose it” rule on Flexible Spending Accounts has become more flexible. Participants can now roll over $500 at the end of the year or use a grace period (check with your Human Resource Department). If you missed the notice, check out the details on Tax Ranger's blog

Disclaimer: Every effort has been taken to provide the most accurate and honest analysis of the tax information provided in this blog. Please use your discretion before making any decisions based on the information provided. This blog is not intended to be a substitute for seeking professional tax advice based on your individual needs.