Alone for the holidays — and loving it


Public Education Coordinator, Dr. Nancy Goldov was quoted in the article below, originally appearing in the Seattle Times. Article by Christine Clarridge: or 206-464-8983 or on Twitter @c_clarridge

A growing number of people are talking about, and owning, their decision to withdraw from the holiday frenzy.

In addition to avoiding the anxiety, stress and financial strain of Christmas, some people find the pressure to “be merry and happy” difficult. Others find that spending holidays alone, with pets or select friends, is a healthy alternative to time with dysfunctional, abusive or alcoholic family members, said Dr. Nancy Goldov, public education coordinator for the Washington State Psychological Association. Goldov said another possible trigger for some people this year is the highly fraught political situation that’s polarized some families.

“Some people may choose to set aside the same days to stay home alone that others set aside to be with others as a way to circumvent experiences of conflict during the holidays,” Goldov said.

“It’s important to recognize that taking care of yourself is your first priority and not taking care of yourself isn’t an option.”

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