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. NEXT ON HEALTH24X 'The plane is going to crash': Anxiety aboard flight SAA 323 2017-10-17 07:45 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 News SEE: What is the rarest disease in the world? Diet and nutrition These foods will help you stay full longer – and they’re not all high in protein Parenting The dangers sugary drinks pose to children Diet and nutrition 5 questions dieticians answer all the time Lifestyle How to grow a thicker (and healthier) head of hair Medical 7 ways to protect your children against fungal infections From our sponsors Discover treatments that can help reduce acne What can I do to reduce or remove acne marks? Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher! Live healthier Watch out! » Gross fungal infections you can pick up at the gym You go to gym to exercise. But make sure the only thing you pick up is a dumbbell and not one of these gross fungal infections. Holiday health » Your 10-step asthma holiday checklist Don’t let asthma ruin your summer holiday. Whether you are travelling or embracing the summer at home, make sure you plan ahead.