The filing deadline for Federal Income tax this year is April 17, 2018, because April 15 falls on Sunday, and Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington D.C., will be observed on April 16.
According to research done by Pew Research Center, a third of Americans prepare and file their own tax return. Organizing documents and dealing with numbers is a daunting task for many people.
If you are overwhelmed with the mere thought of the process, grab a cup of Green Tea and read the following tips:
1. Shift your focus
The biggest motivation to prepare your own taxes would be “saving money.” But also you will gain financial insight and peace of mind. Make a warm cup of Green Tea before you sit down in front of a pile of documents and take a sip. Green Tea helps you to have a positive attitude and spirit.
Green Tea is proven to reduce anxiety and enhance mood. L-theanine, a natural relaxant exclusively found in Green Tea, increases activity of the inhibitor neurotransmitter GABA, which has anti-anxiety effects. L-theanine also increases dopamine in the brain, which helps you to feel positive. Green Tea also naturally offers Caffeine—Caffeine is a stimulant, which tenses up muscles and makes you jittery by itself. But with the balancing effects of L-theanine, Green Tea produces “calm alertness” by causing alpha waves in the brain. Matcha and Gyokuro are L-theanine rich Green Tea, because of their growing environment.
2. Have a “Green Tea” break and prevent DVT
You have heard about the danger of life threatening blood clots on long air flights, DVT (deep vein thrombosis). A DVT is a blood clot that forms in the veins, usually in your legs. That clot can move through your veins. It can continue travelling along them until it gets stuck in a smaller vein, often in the brain or lung, with devastating effects. If you’re sitting completely still and letting yourself get dehydrated, you are increasing your risk factors.
To prevent DVT, you ought to stand up and walk around every once in a while. It’s recommended once an hour, especially if you have other risk factors, such as smoking or are overweight.
Standing up and making a cup of Green Tea would be ideal, because Green Tea has an anti-clotting effect.
Scientists at the Department of Chemistry, University of Scranton, Pennsylvania demonstrated that long-term consumption of Green Tea showed anti-clotting activity by decreasing levels of fibrinogen — a protein component of blood clots. The laboratory animal study also showed that Green Tea decreased atherosclerosis, a process that encourages blood clot formation. Additionally, the antioxidant effects of Green Tea decreased oxidation of lipids, which also contributes to development of blood clots.
Green Tea antioxidants, known as Catechins, decrease platelet aggregation, according to a study conducted at the College of Pharmacy, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, Korea. In the laboratory animal study, Green Tea Catechins and Epigallocatechin Gallate, EGCG, one of the major Catechins in Green Tea, prevented pulmonary thrombosis — a potentially fatal condition in which a blood clot lodges in the lungs — and prolonged bleeding time, indicating a blood thinning effect. In a tissue culture portion of the same study, Green Tea Catechins decreased aggregation of human platelets, but did not alter coagulation, indicating that Green Tea’s anti-clotting activity may be due to its ability to prevent platelets from sticking together.
3. Set aside some time each day
Don’t tackle a huge monster all at once—divide the task into small, manageable pieces. With Green Tea, feel positive, stay focused, and keep hydrated. And since Green Tea offers you a whole lot more, consider making Green Tea your everyday habit. Studies show drinking modest amount every day is better than 10 cups all at once. Consistency is the key for winning at tax preparation and Green Tea health benefits!