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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at U Vic chapter.

A chill is in the air, which can only mean one thing; it’s cuffing season. Just as the snow beings to sprinkle down upon us so do the lovey-dovey feelings that come along with holidays. This time of year, everyone seems to be getting into a relationship and it can be tempting to fall into the same pattern. That being said, just because it’s the season of romance doesn’t mean you have to participate. Here are the five ways you can avoid cuffing season this year.

Forego holiday parties

Yeah, that coworker that you thought was kind of cute looks a whole lot cuter dressed up in a button-down. If you arent looking to get a hubby, skip out on the celebratory dinner and drinks.

Delete your dating apps

You’re definitely not the only one looking to bear the cold weather with a warm body beside you. Around the holidays dating apps are flooded with new members looking for everything between a hookup and someone to bring home. If you plan on attending Christmas dinner with you, yourself, and you; then ditch the apps (at least for these next couple of months).

Stay inside 

Don’t you dare go to the bar. That’s right, you heard me. The bars will be prowling with hot singles that could use a hand to hold. If you’re not looking to go home with anyone then play it safe and stay inside.

Go on “dates” with your friends instead

One reason we all love cuffing season so much is that there are so many fun things to do around this time of year. But you don’t need a significant other to go to a craft fair or go look at pretty lights with! Grab your bestie and head out into the cold. 

Practice self-care

The only one you really need to feel complete this holiday season is yourself. Run a hot bath and slip into something cozy, watch a movie, or read your favourite book. This is the perfect time of year to focus on you and what makes you feel good, with or without someone to share it with.

Meet Rachel Watson! Originally from Prince George, she moved to Victoria to start her undergraduate degree in 2016 and is now in her fourth year. Rachel's major is linguistics and she is pursuing a minor in psychology. She is elated to be one of the two Campus Correspondents for her lovely chapter at the University of Victoria.