Home > Mental health > Stress > Health tips Updated 23 September 2014 How to cope with year-end stress The end of the year feels like it's never going to arrive and you're just not coping any more! Follow these tips to reduce stress and get yourself through 2014 in one piece. 0 Frustrated young man from Shutterstock ~ Ask CyberShrink » Talk Heart to heart forum » It’s that time of the year when your last holiday is a little more than a distant memory and you’re next one feels like it’s never going to happen! While you may feel like giving up entirely, there are steps you can take to manage this stress hurdle and get yourself through to the end of the year:1. Just breathe. As an adult, stress tightens up your muscles and accelerates your respiration rate. Breathing correctly is known to have many benefits, including relaxing the body and reducing stress. Try this simple 6 second breathing exercise to help you unwind. 2. Survive the work day. At the moment you’re feeling like you just can’t handle another day at work and you might explode at any minute! These tips for surviving the work day will hope you get through the last stretch before the end of the year. 3. Learn to say no. By now it feels like every time someone speaks to you, they’re asking for something. Whether it’s the in-laws wanting to come stay, your friend asking you to co-host a charity event or the kids nagging for a trip to the local theme park, you just don’t feel up to it. Learning to say no is the only way to ensure that you look after your own happiness too. 4. Sort out your diet. You’ve fallen off the band wagon in terms of healthy eating with that daily chocolate bar providing a much-needed source of comfort. Proper nutrition and regular exercise are an important part of improving energy levels and reducing stress. Here are seven ways to beat stress naturally. 5. Try something new. Book yourself in for an alternative treatment such as reflexology. Therapeutic reflexology helps in coping with stress by reducing tension, allowing oxygen and nutrients to flow through the blood vessels, boosting your mental and physical health. More in Mental health 8 mobile apps to help you shake stress More: StressHealth tips advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Parenting Rise in teen suicide attempts in Canada not copycat behaviour News No queues, no fuss, bringing healthcare to your door Medical SEE: 12 Things you didn't know about the brain Medical Healthy living reduces everyone's risk of colon cancer Medical Why type 2 diabetics should take a walk after dinner Lifestyle 5 summer essentials to add to your child’s school bag From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.