Cuffing Season

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Slay Magazine

The temperatures are falling. The holiday season is near. ‘Tis the season for singles everywhere to search for companionship. After all, who wants to hit up all the family festivities and office parties alone?  Read this handy “Intro to Cuffing Season” guide in order to be well-equipped to survive until spring with your heart and mind intact.   What is Cuffing Season? Urban Dictionary defines cuffing season as "During the fall and winter months people who would normally rather be single or promiscuous find themselves along with the rest of the world, desiring to be “cuffed” or tied down in a serious relationship. The cold weather and prolonged indoor activity causes singles to become lonely and desperate to be cuffed."   

Is "Cuffing Season" really a thing?  Lower temperatures make people want to be physically closer to one another.  Activities during this time of the year become more group- and family-oriented. We see families doing their holiday shopping together and we are invited to festive parties through our jobs or with our families. People, in general, spend more time together during the fall and winter months.  It’s only natural that singles feel more social pressure to be paired with someone. Whether you’re the “cuffer” or “cuffee,” keep these tips in mind to ensure that you guard your heart and peace of mind.

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Cuffing Season Survival Tips

1. Be clear and honest about your intentions. If you are only looking for a short term, casual hook-up, communicate that to your potential mate.

2. On the flip side, if you’re hoping for a serious relationship, move slowly and get to know your partner. Do not dive in head first.  Guard your heart.

3. Received that “hey stranger” text from an ex?  Remember, an ex is an ex for a reason. Recall the reason for your break-up and the likelihood that the two of you will run into that same stumbling block if you become involved again.

4. Men and women, beware of opportunists!  Unfortunately, there are those among us who are looking only for great Christmas and Valentine’s Day gifts.  Don’t fall for it.

5. If your relationship is not working out, do not hold on just because you don’t want to be single for the holidays. Putting off a break-up will always do more harm than good.

6. Don’t stress yourself out over finding companionship.  Focus on all that you have to be thankful for in the here and now.

Of course these tips can be helpful no matter the season, but we hope that they will help you to navigate Cuffing Season 2015.  Be well, have fun, and happy cuffing!

By: Truly Charmed


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