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A Single’s Survival Guide to Cuffing Season

Bing Watch NetflixIt is evident that winter is now in full swing, but another not-so-obvious season that has transpired is “cuffing season.” For those of you that are unfamiliar with this term, it is used to describe the time during which singles are in search of a cuddle buddy to keep them warm as the temperature begins to drop.

In the beginning of September, both men and women construct a “line-up” of potential suitors. At this time, technology may become a source for some that are searching for their seasonal significant other.

Professor Warren Epstein, adjunct math professor, feels that online dating platforms have both positive and negative qualities: “Some people on these dating websites lie about themselves, but if they are honest it is then a good way to bring people together,” said Epstein.

Those that are successful in emotionally “cuffing” themselves to another will spend the subsequent months cuddling and broadcasting their fleeting relationship on social media.

This season proves to be pretty unbearable at times for those that have yet to be “cuffed,” but fear not, because I have some tips on how to survive the copious amounts of couples that will be surfacing around campus and across social media during these frigid winter months.

1. Focus on yourself.

Do not worry about finding someone to keep you warm during winter; instead, put your focus on your schoolwork, career, and happiness. Find a hobby or activity that brings you joy and enrichment rather than a person.

2. Watch Netflix.

Watch your favorite Netflix series snuggled up in your bed rather than in the summer. The winter is a time to stay indoors and binge-watch One Tree Hill.

3. Limit your time on social media.

You do not need to see a couple post their New Year’s kiss or romantic Valentine’s Day dinner on Instagram. Nicole Gallagher, a sophomore psychology student, avoided a majority of her social media this season, “I am happy for people that are in relationships, but I get annoyed when they are constantly posting pictures about it. So, I normally just avoid social media, especially during winter.”

4. Spend time with your friends and family.

Go on adventures with your siblings, eat dinner with your parents, or enjoy a night out with your best friends. Spending time with those that truly care about you is more emotionally fulfilling than any superficial relationship ever will be.

5. Hit the gym.

Become a gym enthusiast this season. Exercise releases endorphins, which help to naturally trigger positive feelings. Get your ‘summer bod’ and even make some new friends along the way. Nicole Meissner, a sophomore business student, uses exercise to get through “cuffing season,” “I do a lot of yoga and focus on my inner self.” 

6. Stay in bed.

My bed is by far my favorite place in the world. There is no better place than under your warm blankets on a rainy or snowy day. Take the time to relax and cuddle with your stuffed animals rather than a significant other.

Lastly, the best tip I can give you is to “cuff” yourself this season. Work on becoming the best version of yourself. Become an individual that depends on themselves for happiness rather than a significant other. Trust me, if you meet the love of your life in November, do not turn them away but do not feel pressured to be in a relationship. When the right person comes along you will not be influenced by the idea of “cuffing season,” but you will just want to be with no matter what the season may be. So, continue to keep yourself warm this winter because spring will be here before you know it.  


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