Hundred-hour weeks, eyestrain, headaches, binge-eating of quick meals that often pack in as much fat as nutrition: Given the strain, what do preparers do to relax during this part of the season, when the workload starts to turn the hours to minutes?

“Not much,” said Enrolled Agent Laurie Ziegler at Sass Accounting, in Saukville, Wis. “We try to go out to eat one night a week for a break. I occasionally take a short, 15-minute lunch away from my desk in our conference room. I’m grateful for the 10-minute drive home from work at night to unwind.”

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