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 Medical New rabies test could save lives and revolutionise treatment Medical 7 mistakes that can impact your blood pressure reading Lifestyle ‘I tried haemorrhoid cream on my puffy eyes – here’s what happened’ News Former Banyana midfielder Makhosi Luthuli on her struggle with Lymphoma Medical 4 foods that can improve your hearing Lifestyle PSA: You can now track your periods using your Fitbit From our sponsors Win a R1 500 hamper with Alpecin Hypertension Consumer Fact Sheet Understanding diabetes self-management WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Live healthier Mental health & your work » How open are you about mental illness in the workplace? Mental health in the workplace – what you can do to help If you know that one of your colleagues suffers from a mental illness, would you be able to help them at work? Maligay Govender offers some helpful mental health "first aid" tips. Sleep & You » Sleep vs. no sleep Diagnosis of insomnia 6 things that are sabotaging your sleep Kick these shut-eye killers to the kerb and make your whole life better – overnight.