Tips to fight holidays blues

HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - The season of giving is in full swing, and Christmas and New Years are just around the corner.

For some, it's not always the easiest of times and certainly can bring a lot of stress and anxiety.

"Financially, how do we support this holiday with decorations, the meal plannings, the gift giving," said Toni Marascio-Williams from United Hospital Center. "What are the expectations and what are the limits that we have? Sometimes we have to set boundaries."

Marascio-Williams says it's important to realize that not everyone's holiday can be like what they see in movies. One of the things you can do? Eliminate expectations of perfection.

"We have to set boundaries with holiday visitation," she said. "The lighting is there. The candles, the little lights that are on the trees, so they have all that set. That can be healthy for you but again what is real and what isn't?"

For college students, some of them feel this already. For example, the ups and downs of work and time off. They just got back to school from Thanksgiving, have to prepare for final exams, and think of gifts for their friends and family.

"Little stressful," said Nathan Fisher. "You get the pit in your stomach but the more I think about it, the more I realize it's probably not going to be that bad."

"It's a little bit scary but I think I'm kind of confident about it," said another student.