Well guys, it's officially “Cuffing Season”. Not sure what this season entails? According to Urban Dictionary this season is described as the following.
“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 by a serious relationship. The cold weather and prolonged indoor activity causes singles to become lonely and desperate to be cuffed.”
I read an article recently that went into the psychology behind this season and gave details to how the weather (or seasons) can affect someone's mood. It caused me to think for a moment and analyze this here cuffing season more in depth. It's getting dark earlier, outdoor activities have come to an end, people are more prone to stay indoors, and the cooler weather is starting to set in. Immediately my mood shifted to a low state. I then began to think about seasonal depression (or SAD-Seasonal Affective Disorder) which is a mood disorder that occurs at the same time each year, mostly in the fall to early winter with symptoms related to depression. So while some of you are out here trying to get “cuffed” there are others truly suffering. The National Institute of Mental Health gives six key symptoms to be on the lookout for.
Symptoms of the Winter Pattern of SAD include:
1. Having low energy
4. Weight gain
5. Craving for carbohydrates
6. Social withdrawal (feel like “hibernating”)
Do you feel you may suffer from SAD? The good news is there is a way to pull yourself out of this dark hole. Light therapy! During this season try exposing yourself to light, natural or artificial, first thing in the morning for 20-60 minutes. Open up your blinds and consider purchasing a light box to help brighten your day. You may also want to consider increasing your vitamins, mainly vitamin D. Still feeling gloomy? Then it's time to visit a medical provider to speak about antidepressants and therapy. Remember it's not a good idea to self diagnose. If any of these symptoms are speaking to you, then it's time shift your focus from cuffing a new bae to cuffing a local therapist.