Being Single in the Cuddle Weather and Cuffing Season
When you’re on the internet long enough, you’ll know it’s the rainy season when you see the words “cuddle weather.” The definition is simple: it’s cold enough to crave another person’s warmth and presence.
For some reason, people become more touchy and affectionate during the rainy season. Bustle attributes this to elevated hormone levels and a “supply and demand” of people. The latter suggests that because fewer people are out when it’s cold, more people crave a relationship. Whatever the reason is, this trend is real and apparent.
Also known as “cuffing season”
The term “cuffing season” is—as the internet would say—legit. The Merriam-Webster dictionary recognizes it as “a period of time where single people begin looking for short term partnerships to pass the colder months of the year.” It’s like being handcuffed to your crush in middle school as part of fundraiser gimmicks.
The cuffing season starts in October and ends in February, the autumn and winter months. Where Bustle pines the cause on “supply and demand,” other sources say that staying indoors during the cold weather can cause loneliness. Therefore, people search for company in the form of romantic relationships.
To cuff or not to cuff?
Ultimately, it depends on every person. However, they should also remember the fact that there are several external factors at play. The biggest, most influential one would be pressure.
The pressure to be with somebody does not only exist during the cuffing season. It could come from family members who are beyond excited to meet your significant other. It can also come from your social life, especially when everyone else is in relationships except you. Then, there are romantic movies that tell people love is the answer to everything.
These things can get to your nerves sometimes and can make you succumb to the pressure. At the end of the day, the most important person is yourself. You don’t need another person to complete you because you can survive to be alone.
Besides, spending time alone helps you analyze and reflect on what you want in a relationship. This can make you more assertive, stop you from losing yourself, and settling for less.
So you have no one to cuddle…
Don’t fret! There are so many other things you can do if you’re alone in your home. The good news is—they don’t involve a significant other.
- Dogs are there for a reason. In these times, when everyone is encouraged to stay home, puppy training school is probably moved to your home, so your dog can now cuddle with you 24/7. They’ll be more than elated to do it, too!
- Have a mini self-portrait photoshoot. When you’re out there feeling the pressure of cuffing season, it’s essential to remind yourself that you’re the most beautiful person to ever walk the Earth. To remind yourself of what you’re worth, a photoshoot can effortlessly boost your confidence and self-esteem.
- As RuPaul would always yell into the world, “If you can’t love yourself, how the h*ll are you gonna love somebody else?” Write a love letter to yourself. Treat yourself how you want to be treated. Be kind to yourself and remember every single thing that you love about you.