Cuffed by Love
4 Ways to Find Love during Cuffing Season
It’s hard getting close when social distancing became the new normal! Even though dating apps saw a spike in subscribers during the pandemic—mostly due to the loneliness that comes from isolation—with limited ways to go out, it made connecting physically difficult. But, after a year and a half of being stuck at home, we’re finally allowed to go outside and explore! However, even as we move forward, Covid is still around, so keep safe even as you seek romance.
Before the pandemic, we were used to meeting someone face-to-face. During Covid, we had to meet virtually. And if we agreed to meet, we wore masks and sanitizer. Our guards were not up only emotionally but physically too.
Some successfully got booed up in the midst of the pandemic, but for those of us trying to open up as much as the outside is, how will we approach dating for cuffing season?
Here are 4 Ways to find love for this Cuffing Season.
1) Be Yourself
The pandemic created an opportunity for more self-exploration and reflection. Isolated from friends and family, and living home by ourselves (in some cases), we had little to no social interactions to entertain us. We had to come to terms with our personality, our mental health, and our aspirations. Some people lost jobs and others pivoted into new directions such as entrepreneurship, freelancing, or starting a new business. The time we got away from loved ones allowed us to see what we missed out on and plan out what we hope to accomplish.
For those who missed out on romance before, this served as are a reminder that nothing is promised! Take opportunities as they come.
It’s hard. I get it. We obsessed over social media during the pandemic. On social media and TV, it tells us to be someone else. However, being your authentic self will always attract someone who appreciates you for you.
Romance doesn’t need to be super serious. It depends on what you’re looking for and what stage of your life you are at. Some want more of a fling, while others want a life partner. Whichever it is, don’t take dating too seriously that you don’t enjoy it.
It’s easy to treat it as an interview. No one wants to waste their time pining over someone who doesn’t appreciate them, but I promise if you take the time to get to know someone that you’ll have better judgment and appreciation.
4. Keep your standards high and expectations low.
Even before the pandemic, there were slim pickings. Dating means weeding between the Mr. Wrongs from the Mr. Rights. Trust your gut.
Don't ever feel bad for having standards but don't go in a situation expecting too much.
5. Stay safe
Even though the outside is open. It’s always good to keep sanitizer and wash your hands. Also, be sure to protect your heart. Loneliness can sneak up on you unexpectedly, especially during the colder months. If you're not prepared for it, you might just let anyone back into your space that doesn't deserve it. Just because your lonely doesn't mean you're alone. Start reaching out to friends and family and starting build authentic connections with them so when the right person does come in your life. You'll be prepared.
In conclusion, however, or whoever you chose to love this season, remember who you are and rely on your intuition to lead you.