Tax Season is Stress Season. The Oxygen Plan Corporation Announces Free Stress Test

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With the tax filing deadline approaching, concern over the tax number may also be raising the Stress Number™ as well. In honor of tax season, The Oxygen Plan is offering its stress test for free.

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Now is a great time to take The Oxygen Plan Stress Test - tax time. For many, the stress of an important deadline is 'taxing" enough but can also aggravate existing stress creating symptoms or relationship problems.

As many scramble to meet the deadline for filing the 2010 income tax returns, acute stress man be rising with it. According Dr. Donald E. Williams, board-certified clinical health psychologist (American Board of Professional Psychology/ABPP), and Chief Science Officer, The Oxygen Plan, "Now is a great time to take The Oxygen Plan Stress Test - tax time. For many, the stress of an important deadline is 'taxing" enough but can also aggravate existing stress creating symptoms or relationship problems."

Thomas R. Ward, MPA, JD, LL.M Taxation, agrees. "This tax season, I'm seeing stressors which stem from tax payers' fears, anxiety and concerns regarding tax obligations, and ability to pay."

In support of tax season, The Oxygen Plan Corporation announces their free stress test for individuals to learn their Stress Number™. To date, over 40,000 respondents have completed The Oxygen Plan's 30 question stress test. To assess individual stress, there are 10 questions for home, work and social.

Employers can also find benefit in The Oxygen Plan Stress Test since stressed employees are less productive and more costly. The economic impact translates to $4,888 per employee per year. In the work place, stress manifests in lost productivity, absenteeism, presenteeism, group health expense, employee turnover and disability expenses. The total annual economic impact of stress in the U.S. is $400 Billion.

"Never before has it been possible to measure, compute, report, trend or aggregate a stress metric as it relates to personal health or organizational cost," says Dr. Williams. Now, we are able to assess stress, calculate the Stress Number™, provide The Oxygen Plan program and re-measure stress for individuals or organizations. 'The Stress Number™ is a significant development in the field of health metrics.' 'We feel the Stress Number™ should be used to help individuals and organizations manage health and health care costs – just like blood pressure and body weight," adds Eric Lucas, Founder and CEO of The Oxygen Plan. "Because stress in the home or social life impacts employees at work, and vice versa, it's in employers' best interest to know the aggregate Stress Number™ for their employee populations. Now they can establish a baseline, implement programs toward improvement, and reassess their employees."

About The Oxygen Plan
The Oxygen Plan is an online behavior change program that helps organizations reduce the costly and negative effects of stress in the workplace and at home, including increased healthcare expenses, chronic medical conditions, mental health issues, absenteeism and productivity losses, and reduced employee engagement. The company's patent-pending stress management system teaches individuals to recognize the sources and symptoms of stress and provides them with tools and information for effectively reducing and avoiding stress. For more information, visit http://www.theoxygenplan.com.

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