A Hattiesburg Psychologist gives tips to avoid the holiday blues

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Hattiesburg, MS (WDAM) - Music and the colorful lights bare everywhere during the holiday season. As the song says, it's the most wonderful time of the year. Or is it?

"For a lot of people it brings on depression and anxiety, said Psychologist Ryan Denney."

In this culture of commercialism, the high expectations of the holidays can sometimes be more of a drag than a celebration.

"Denney said, it's a very financially oriented time of the year where we are all trying to spend a little more and have a good Christmas so finances are definitely a stressor for people.."

It's the gift that keeps on giving, debt. It's also a time where those who have lost someone, or live far away from family, tend to feel isolated.

"Being with friends and family is very much what the holidays are all about, so, when people that we love are absent, we tend to miss them and feel sad, especially at a time when people are spending so much time together.'

Denney said, the best way to cope with the holiday blues is to surround yourself with positive people, somewhat like a support system. Local faith or community groups are always a good way to lift your spirit and help you to once again celebrate the season.

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