How to practice mindfulness and lessen stress 

CPAs face pressure all year long — whether during the traditional busy season for tax work or afterwards when working on tight deadlines for other projects. 

“The world was fast-paced 30 years ago, and with technology, it’s a runaway freight train,” said Jeffrey Schwartz, CPA, founder of Jeffrey R. Schwartz CPA in Delray Beach, Fla. 

Despite this, some CPAs have found a way to manage the strain of hectic workloads by learning and practicing mindfulness. Simply put, “mindfulness is the practice of bringing your attention to one single point of focus,” said Deborah Norris, Ph.D., founder and president of The Mindfulness Center in Bethesda, Md., and author of In the Flow: Bridging the Science and Practice of Mindfulness. She is also a director of the Psychobiology of Healing Program at American University in Washington, D.C. 

Proponents say mindfulness offers many potential benefits: Greater productivity and clarity; reduced stress; a calmer, more relaxed demeanor; a sense of balance; greater job satisfaction; and healthier relationships with colleagues, friends, and family. CPAs who apply mindfulness may also better serve clients and themselves. 

“Mindfulness is not a dogma. It is not a philosophy that you have to believe in,” said Gurumukh Singh Khalsa, CPA, who runs the Eugene, Ore.-based accounting practice, Gurumukh CPA. “It is a practice. It is like rebooting your mind.” 

The practice of mindfulness has gained attention in recent years largely due to the technology overload and distractions felt by many professionals as cellphones, email, and other digital tools have become more ubiquitous. “It can be harder to find peacefulness,” said Steve Breitman, CPA (inactive), a former public accountant and now CEO of Mindful Business Solutions, a bookkeeping and CFO services firm in Lafayette, Colo. 


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Shared from: Journal Of Accountancy