What is Cuffing Season?
Cuffing season is defined as a winter period where people enter relationships for two major reasons:
A. You are bored and alone and you need to keep your mind busy. B. You need a cuddle buddy to keep you warm in the winter, but you aren’t trying to be selfish so you agree to a relationship.
Research shows that people are more open to being in relationships during the winter. This is because our bodies are less active during the cold season and often times we just want to Netflix and chill.
Scientists justify this theory with the human mind. The mind receives less sunlight in the winter, resulting in a drop in your serotonin levels, which can lead to major depression with a seasonal pattern. We then attempt to overcome our despondence by substituting it with human companionship.
With all these external factors, we cannot escape Mother Nature’s attempts to trap us into a winter entanglement.
How can you avoid welcoming summer with heartbreak?
Find out your partners wants and needs of a relationship. This will help you understand what they would expect from you in the long run. Can you meet these expectations? If most of your partner’s needs are out of your comfort zone and would prevent you from being true to yourself, rather stay away.
Once you know where your partner’s expectancy lies, and that you are able to meet them, inform them of your interests to remain in the relationship. Subtle comments like, “We should have a couples game night for our 6th month anniversary,” will alert your partner that you see a future with them.
Being in a relationship is hard when you are the only one trying. All in all, ensure that you are giving back the same energy you are receiving.
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