Meditate to the tax finish line


NEW YORK(Reuters) – Stressed out by the tax deadline on April 15?

FILE PHOTO: A tax sign is pictured on an H&R Block tax office in Los Angeles, California, April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Yes, of course, there is an app for that.

Some 52 percent of Americans find the filing process stressful, according to a survey by tax-prep firm TaxSlayer. That is why wellness app Headspace is trying to talk us through this difficult time with a new guided meditation collection called “Money on the Mind.”

The popular app Happify also features two different four-week programs, or “tracks,” on money: “Stop Singing the Financial Blues,” and “How Money Can Buy Happiness.”

Around tax time last year, users clicked on Headspace’s “Balance” collection five times more than usual. And for its “Money on the Mind” collection of meditations, usage of that content spiked by 60 percent.

This April, Headspace is making some of its money-related content free to all its 45 million members. More content is available to paying subscribers.

“These moments are triggers for stress, and so our users come to us for support about how to cope,” said Megan Jones Bell, Headspace’s chief science officer.

Some 20 to 25 percent

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