In the last few years, once early November rolls around, the term "cuffing season" gets dropped left and right. Cuffing season is that time of when people "cuff" themselves to someone else, so as not to be alone in the cold weather or during the holiday months — and then they break up once it's warm out. While it makes sense — and elevated hormones may be the reason we want to cuff when it's cold out — even if you're looking for love, it may be time to skip the whole cuffing season thing. Who really wants to be cuffed to a fleeting thing they know has a shelf-life less than a can of tuna?
According to sex toy retailer Lovehoney's 2018 holiday survey, 63 percent of Americans are turned on by seasonal weather — which may have something to do with the cuffing trend — yet that doesn't stop people from breaking up once it's warm out. Basically, if you want keep your heart and mind in tact, self-love may be the way to go.
"Self-love is essential to your physical and mental health as well as life satisfaction," sex and relationship expert, Dr. Jessica O'Reilly, tells Bustle. "You don’t need to hop into a relationship for the sake of lying next to a warm body or bringing a date to a holiday party."
Here are seven other reasons to consider skipping cuffing season in favor of self-love.